How to Install Geany IDE 1.38 via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04 / 18.04 / 21.10

Merry Christmas to all my dear readers! In this tutorial I’m going to introduce the new Ubuntu PPA for Geany IDE.

Geany is a free open-source lightweight IDE for BSD, Linux, macOS, Solaris and Windows. It supports many programming languages including C, C++, Java, PHP, HTML, LaTeX, Python, Perl, and more.

Geany does not provides official Linux packages. And, Ubuntu includes fixed versions in its repositories which are always old. For request, I created an unofficial PPA that contains the latest Geany 1.38 as well as its plugins, while the “Geany Developers” team PPA has not been updated for a year.

The PPA supports all current Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.04, Ubuntu 21.10, and their based systems, e.g., Linux Mint 20, and Zorin OS 16. And, you can install it on 64-bit modern PC, 32-bit old PC (for Ubuntu 18.04 only), and/or arm64/armhf devices (e.g., Apple Silicon and Raspberry Pi).

As not a programmer, I’m not very sure, but the IDE package seems working good in my case in Ubuntu 20.04.

What’s New in Geany 1.38:

  • Increase speed when opening documents, especially on startup.
  • Synchronize Geany’s Ctags implementation with Universal Ctags, this leads to updated symbol parsers.
  • Remove GTK+2 Support.
  • Add keybinding to reload all open documents.
  • SaveActions plugin: add configurable target directory for instantly saved files
  • New file types: Julia (getzze), Meson (Andy Alt)
  • Updated translations.

Install Geany in Ubuntu via PPA:

Firstly, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open a terminal window. Or search for and open terminal from start menu if you’re not on Ubuntu. When it opens, run the commands below one by one.

1. Add the PPA

Copy and paste (Ctrl+Shift+V) the command below into terminal and hit run will add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/geany

As sudo command, you have to type user password (no visual feedback) to authenticate. After that, hit Enter to continue.

2. Update system package cache:

Since Ubuntu 20.04, it does automatically update the package cache while adding PPA. However, old Ubuntu releases (18.04) and some based systems may not. So, run command below to check updates manually:

sudo apt update

3. Install or Upgrade Geany:

If you already have an old version of the IDE package installed on your system, launch “Software Updater” (or Update Manager) to upgrade it:

Or, run command below in terminal to install/upgrade the package:

sudo apt install geany geany-plugins

Uninstall / Remove Geany:

You have two choices to get rid of the Geany packages from this Ubuntu PPA.

Option 1: Purge the Ubuntu PPA:

User may purge the Ubuntu PPA, which also downgrade all installed package (from that PPA) to the stock version in Ubuntu main repositories. To do so, run command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/geany

Option 2: Remove the Ubuntu PPA and/or Geany package:

To remove the Ubuntu PPA without affecting all installed packages, either open “Software & Updates” and remove relevant line from “Other Software” tab.

Or, just run the command below in a terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/geany

For choice, you may also remove the Geany IDE via command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove geany geany-plugins

That’s all. Enjoy!