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How to install Komodo Edit on Linux

Komodo Edit is a free text editor for macOS, Linux, and Windows. It’s used for programming and web development and offers up excellent features such as debugging, built-in version control, and more. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install the app on Linux.

Note: not using Linux? Download Komodo Edit for Windows or Mac by clicking this link here.

Creating a new account

To use the Komodo Edit application on Linux, you need to create a free account on the website. To create an account, start by going to the developer’s homepage ActiveState.com.

On the ActiveState website, look for the blue button that says “Create an Account,” and click on it with the mouse to open up the account creation page on the website.

At the account creation page, you will see several text fields, such as “Your Email,” “Pick a Username,” “Password,” and “Confirm Password.” Fill out all of the text fields to create a new account on ActiveState. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like filling out the various text fields on the page, click on the “Sign up with Github” button to automatically sign up for an account with your GitHub account.

When you’ve created your NewState account, log into your email account and verify it so that you can use it. Be sure to log into your NewState account before continuing with this guide, as it’s necessary for fully utilizing the Komodo Edit application.

Arch Linux installation instructions

Arch Linux is the lone Linux distribution that has an easy way to install Komodo Edit through the Arch Linux User repository. To start the installation, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, with the terminal window open, use the Pacman command below to install the “Base-devel” and “Git” packages.

sudo pacman -S base-devel git

After installing the “Base-devel” and “Git” packages on your Arch Linux PC, it is time to install the Trizen AUR package installer. With this app, Komodo Edit can be set up much faster than by hand. To install Trizen, start by cloning the package from the AUR using Git.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git

Move into the “trizen” directory with the CD command below.

cd trizen

Build and install the Trizen AUR package installation tool on your Linux PC with the makepkg command.

makepkg -sri

Finally, install Komodo Edit on Arch Linux via the Trizen application.

trizen -S komodo-edit

Generic Linux installation instructions

If you’re not using Arch Linux, getting Komodo Edit working is a lot more involved. It requires manually downloading the Linux version of the app, decompressing it, and running the installer script.

Downloading Komodo Edit for Linux

To start the installation process for Komodo Edit on Linux, you must download the Linux package. To do this, head over to the download page on ActiveState.com. Once there, look for the Linux (x86) or (x86_64) link and click it to start the download process.

Alternatively, if you prefer to use the terminal, you can download the Komodo Edit application directly with wget by entering the commands below in a terminal window.

cd ~/Downloads


wget https://downloads.activestate.com/Komodo/releases/11.1.1/Komodo-Edit-11.1.1-18206-linux-x86.tar.gz


wget https://downloads.activestate.com/Komodo/releases/11.1.1/Komodo-Edit-11.1.1-18206-linux-x86_64.tar.gz

After downloading the Komodo Edit Linux package to your computer, it is time to extract it. Follow along with the next section of the guide to learn how to extract the archive file.

Extracting the Komodo Edit package for Linux

Extracting the Komodo Edit package on Linux means making use of the tar command. In a terminal window, move into the “Downloads” directory, and use tar to extract the Komodo Edit Linux package.

cd ~/Downloads
tar xvf Komodo-Edit-11.1.1-18206-linux-x86.tar.gz


tar xvf Komodo-Edit-11.1.1-18206-linux-x86_64.tar.gz

Once the file is extracted, you’ll see a folder with the name of “Komodo-Edit-11.1.1-18206-linux-x86” or “Komodo-Edit-11.1.1-18206-linux-x86_64”. Use the CD command to move the terminal session into this directory.

cd Komodo-Edit-11.1.1-18206-linux-x86


cd Komodo-Edit-11.1.1-18206-linux-x86_64

Installing Komodo Edit

Now that all of the files are extracted from the TarGZ archive file in your “Download” directory, the installation of Komodo Edit can begin. To start, run the “install.sh” script file.


Upon running the “install.sh” script file, a prompt will appear in the terminal window. This prompt says, “Enter directory in which to install Komodo.” Change the directory to your desired location, or leave it blank, and press Enter to use the default location.

After selecting an installation location, the script will install Komodo Edit on your Linux computer.

Running Komodo Edit without installing

Want to use Komodo Edit without installing it on your Linux PC? Here’s how to do it. First, enter the Komodo Edit data folder with the CD command.

cd Komodo-Edit-11.1.1-18206-linux-x86


cd Komodo-Edit-11.1.1-18206-linux-x86_64

From there, move into the “INSTALLDIR” folder.


Access the “bin” directory.

cd bin

Finally, run the app with:


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