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|Version comment=5.6 released on 2007-07-06
|Version comment=5.6 released on 2007-07-06
|Last review by=Janet Casey
|Last review date=2008-02-22
|Submitted by=Database conversion
|Submitted date=2011-04-01
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|Prerequisite description=xlib6g
|Prerequisite description=xlib6g
|Featured date=2011/07/01
|Featured source=The Free Software Supporter

Revision as of 17:28, 6 December 2011



Source code tag system for C, C++, Java, and Yacc

GLOBAL is a source code tagging system that functions in the same way across a wide array of environments, such as different text editors, shells and web browsers. The resulting tags are useful for quickly moving around in a large, deeply nested project.

GNU GLOBAL has the following features:

  • supports C, C++, Yacc, Java, PHP4 and assembly.
  • works the same way across diverse environments including vi, emacs, less, bash
  • finds locations of specified symbol quickly.
  • locates not only definitions but also references.
  • allows duplicate tags.
  • locates paths which matches to the specified pattern.
  • hierarchical searches by default.
  • searches not only in a source project but also in library projects.
  • generates completion list for completing input method.
  • supports various output formats.
  • allows customizing of a set of candidate files to be tagged.
  • understands POSIX 1003.2 regular expression.
  • supports idutils as an external search engine.
  • tag files are independent of machine architecture.
  • supports incremental updating of tag files.
  • plug-in parser is available to treat new language.
  • supports customizing using ‘gtags.conf’.
  • generates a hypertext of source code.
  • compact format to save disk space.
  • supports client/server environment (TRAMP ready).
  • ignores binary files, dot files and specified files.
  • includes cscope-compatible program (gtags-cscope).
  • includes grep-like command (-g command).
  • supports grep-like symbol highlighting.


User guide included and available online from https://www.gnu.org/software/global/manual/

Heckert gnu.small.png This is a GNU package:global


Download version 6.5.6 (stable)
released on 19 December 2016


VCS Checkout

cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@cvs.sv.gnu.org:/sources/global co .


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Leaders and contributors

Shigio Yamaguchi Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
DeveloperMailing List Subscribehttp://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/global-commit
DeveloperVCS Repository Webviewsavannah.gnu.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs/global/global/
UserMailing List Subscribehttp://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/help-global
Bug reportMailing List Subscribehttps://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/bug-global
Bug reportE-mailbug-global@gnu.org

Software prerequisites

Required to buildxlib6g

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 19 December 2016.


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