How to Install The Latest Bluefish Editor 2.2.11 in Ubuntu 18.04

Last updated: April 19, 2020

This simple tutorial shows how to install the latest Bluefish editor 2.2.11 in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and derivatives.

Bluefish editor 2.2.11 is a maintenance release that features Python 3 compatibility. Other changes include:

  • Improved double-click selection.
  • Fill a line with spaces up to a mouse click.
  • Search and replace ignores backup files by default.
  • Insert output from an external command
  • Search in files in the file-browser.
  • Select current identifier via shift+ctrl+i
  • Printing improvements, translation updates, and many bug-fixes.

While the new release package is already made into Ubuntu 20.04 universe repository, the PPA repository contains the latest packages for all current Ubuntu releases.

1. Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or by searching for ‘terminal’ from ‘Show Applications’ menu.

When terminal opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:klaus-vormweg/bluefish

Type user password when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then run commands to check updates and install the programmers editor:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install bluefish

Or launch and update your old software package via Software Updater utility.


You may remove the PPA repository either via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab, or by running command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:klaus-vormweg/bluefish

And remove Bluefish programmers editor if you want via command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove bluefish


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2 responses to How to Install The Latest Bluefish Editor 2.2.11 in Ubuntu 18.04

  1. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the article, it is helpful. However, how to update from 2.2.7 to latest version? I just now added the repository as per your instruction, and it worked. But what command to use to update? I only discovered Bluefish on my Ubuntu today after I installed it quite some time ago, so I checked it out and my version is not supporting Python 3.