Full text editor component


KTextEditor provides a powerful text editor component that you can embed in your application, either as a KPart or using the KF5::TextEditor library (if you need more control).

The text editor component contains many useful features, from syntax highlighting and automatic indentation to advanced scripting support, making it suitable for everything from a simple embedded text-file editor to an advanced IDE.


If you are using CMake, you need to have


(or similar) in your CMakeLists.txt file, and you need to link to KF5::TextEditor.

After that, you can use KTextEditor::Editor to create an editor instance, and use that to manage KTextEditor::Document instances.

#include <KTextEditor/Document>
#include <KTextEditor/Editor>
#include <KTextEditor/View>
// get access to the global editor singleton
// create a new document
auto doc = editor->createDocument(this);
// create a widget to display the document
auto view = doc->createView(yourWidgetParent);

See the documentation for these classes for more information.


Contributions to KTextEditor shall be licensed under LGPLv2+.

All files shall contain a proper "SPDX-License-Identifier: LGPL-2.0-or-later" identifier inside a header like:

SPDX-FileCopyrightText: 2021 Christoph Cullmann <[email protected]>
SPDX-License-Identifier: LGPL-2.0-or-later

Further Documentation

virtual View * createView(QWidget *parent, KTextEditor::MainWindow *mainWindow=nullptr)=0
Create a new view attached to parent.
static Editor * instance()
Accessor to get the Editor instance.
Definition: ktexteditor.cpp:81
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