Leafpad is an open source text editor for Linux, BSD, and Maemo. Created with the focus of being a lightweight text editor with minimal dependencies, it is designed to be simple and easy-to-compile. Leafpad is the default text editor for LXDE Desktop environment, including Lubuntu up to version 18.04 LTS. After Lubuntu moved to the LXQt desktop Leafpad was replaced by FeatherPad.[3][4][5]

Screenshot of Leafpad, taken on an Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) installation.
Developer(s)Tarot Osuji
Initial releaseNovember 11, 2004 (2004-11-11)
Stable release / December 23, 2010 (2010-12-23)
Written inGTK+
Operating systemLinux, BSD, Maemo
Size457 kB (installed size for i386)[1]
Available inEnglish, Esperanto, Galician, Catalan, Finnish, French, Hungarian[2]
TypeText editor
LicenseGNU GPLv2+

Released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Leafpad is free software.[6]


Leafpad's features include a codeset option, auto codeset detection, an unlimited Undo/Redo feature,[7] and drag and drop capabilities.[8]

Leafpad has a small footprint compared to editors such as gedit or Kate.[7][9]

See also


  1. "Package: leafpad (". Debian Packages. Debian. 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  2. "The leafpad textual domain". translationproject.org. 2015-08-09. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  3. "LXDE - Lightweight X11 Desktops Environment". LXDE Project. Sourceforge. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  4. "Information about Xbuntu 11.10". Ubuntu Wiki. Ubuntu. 13 October 2011. Archived from the original on 5 January 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  5. "Xubuntu 12.04 released". Canonical. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  6. "Leafpad". tarot.freeshell.org. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  7. Jack M. Germain (7 April 2010). "gEdit and Leafpad Make a Good Text-Editing Team". LinuxInsider. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  8. Jack Wallen (1 May 2010). "Leafpad: Yet another Linux text editor". ghacks.net. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  9. Danny Stieben (2 May 2011). "Leafpad – An Ultra-Lightweight Text Editor". MakeUseOf. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
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