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GNU ed

A simple line editor

Ed is a line-oriented text editor: rather than offering an overview of a document, ed performs editing one line at a time. It can be executed both interactively and via shell scripts. Its method of command input allows complex tasks to be performed in an automated way.

GNU ed offers several extensions over the standard utility. The original editor for Unix was the most widely available text editor of its time. For most purposes, however, it is superseded by full-screen editors such as GNU Emacs or GNU Moe.

N.B. This pacakge also contains a restricted version of ed, red, that can only edit files in the current directory and cannot execute shell commands.


From the terminal, simply type:

info ed

An online manual for ed can also be found at: https://www.gnu.org/software/ed/manual/ed_manual.html

Related Projects


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv3orlaterKelly Hopkins7 September 2010

Leaders and contributors

Antonio Diaz Maintainer
See the THANKS file in the distribution for a complete list Contributor

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
DeveloperVCS Repository Webviewhttps://savannah.gnu.org/projects/ed/
User & DeveloperBug Tracking Subscribehttp://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/bug-ed

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 16 January 2017.


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