Modern Free Markdown Editor Ghostwriter 2.1.0 Released with New Features

Last updated: November 21, 2021 — Leave a comment

Ghostwriter, free and open-source markdown text editor, released version 2.1.0 with some new features. Here’s what’s new and how to install in Ubuntu.

Ghostwriter is a cross-platform, aesthetic and distraction-free Markdown editor works on Linux, Windows, and MacOS. It comes with live HTML preview, dark and light mode, focus mode, hemingway mode, autosave, MathJax, and built-in Cheat Sheet in the sidebar (toggle via F1) in case you forgot some Markdown syntax.

By releasing v2.1.0, it now auto-saves untitled documents to a draft folder, and provides a button in ‘Preferences’ to open that folder (it’s user Documents folder in my case).

And, it loads the last opened file on startup while providing an option to toggle on/off this feature. The bottom status bar can now display a different statistic. By clicking on it, you may choose to display how many words, characters, pages, sentences, paragraphs, or read time, write time, wpm, etc.

How to Install The Latest Ghostwriter 2.1.0 in Ubuntu:

The text editor has an official PPA that so far supports for Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 21.04. The Ubuntu 21.10 package is somehow not updated at the moment, you may check the link page though.

1.) Add the PPA:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, run the command below to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wereturtle/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Refresh system package cache by running command in terminal. This is done automatically in Ubuntu 20.04 & higher while adding PPA, but some Ubuntu based systems may not.

sudo apt update

3.) Finally install ghostwriter via command:

sudo apt install ghostwriter

The software team also maintains Copr repository for Fedora 33/34/35 and rawhide users. Simply open terminal and run commands below one by one will install it in Fedora:

sudo dnf copr enable wereturtle/stable
sudo dnf install ghostwriter

Uninstall Ghostwriter:

To remove the markdown editor, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove ghostwriter

And remove the Ubuntu PPA using “Software & Updates” utility under Other Software tab:

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