Geany -- a small and lightweight IDE
geany [option] [+number] [files ...]
Geany is a small and fast editor with basic features of an integrated
Some of its features: syntax highlighting, code completion, code
folding, symbol/tag lists and many supported filetypes like C(++),
Java, PHP, HTML, DocBook, Perl and more.
A space-separated list of filenames. Absolute and relative
filenames can be used. Geany also recognises line and column
information when appended to the filename with colons, e.g.
"geany foo.bar:10:5" will open the file foo.bar and place the
cursor in line 10 at column 5.
Projects can also be opened but a project file (*.geany) must
be the first non-option argument. All additionally given
files are ignored.
Set initial line number for the first opened file (same as
--line, do not put a space between the + sign and the
number). E.g. "geany +7 foo.bar" will open the file foo.bar
and place the cursor in line 7.
Set initial column number for the first opened file (useful
in conjunction with --line).
Use an alternate configuration directory. Default
configuration directory is ~/.config/geany/ and there resides
geany.conf and some template files.
Print a list of Geany's internal filetype names (useful
Generate a global tags file (see documentation).
Don't preprocess C/C++ files when generating tags.
Don't open files in a running instance, force opening a new
instance. Only available if Geany was compiled with support
Set initial line number for the first opened file.
Return a list of open documents in a running Geany instance.
This can be used to read the currently opened documents in
Geany from an external script or tool. The returned list is
separated by newlines (LF) and consists of the full, UTF-8
encoded filenames of the documents. Only available if Geany
was compiled with support for Sockets.
Don't show the message window. Use this option if you don't
need compiler messages or VTE support.
Don't load symbol completion and call tip data. Use this
option, if you don't want to use them. For more information
please see documentation.
Don't load plugin support.
Print installation prefix, the data directory, the lib
directory and the locale directory (in this order) to stdout,
each per line. This is mainly intended for plugin authors to
detect installation paths.
Don't load the previous session's files.
Don't load terminal support. Use this option, if you don't
want to load the virtual terminal emulator widget at startup.
If you don't have libvte.so.4 installed, then terminal-
support is automatically disabled. Only available if Geany
was compiled with support for VTE.
Use this socket filename for communication with a running
Specify explicitly the path including filename or only the
filename to the VTE library, e.g. /usr/lib/libvte.so or
libvte.so. This option is only needed, when the autodetection
doesn't work. Only available if Geany was compiled with
support for VTE.
Be verbose (print useful status messages).
Show version information and exit.
Show help information and exit.
Geany supports all generic GTK options, a list is available on the help
This manual page was written by the Geany developer team. Permission is
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of the GNU General Public License, Version 2.
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