Release History
SimplEdit is just that. A simple text editor, btw written in and for Java.

A screenshot can be seen here.

In the future I might add text search capability, but that's about it.

You can always find the newest version of this page at:


  • Single file text editor, with new, open, save, save as, exit features :-)
  • Creates backup file (.bak) on regular file saves.
  • No support for large files.
  • Written in Java
  • Java JDK 1.3

SimplEdit Version 1.2   (612325 bytes)

SimplEdit is distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2.


  1. First you need a Java runtime. If you don't have one, go to and download and install a recent (>= 1.3) Java SDK for your platform.

    Make sure afterwards the java command is in your environament PATH so you can invoke java from anywhere in the command line.

    Btw, if you don't have yet or never at all had Java installed on your system, SimpleEdit will not be for you. Very likely notepad.exe will be just fine for you :-).

  2. Go to a directory where you want to install SimplEdit and type in:
    jar xfv
  3. Start the editor up (on Unix) with:
    cd simpledit1.2
    java -classpath lib/simpledit.jar:lib/ccl.jar:lib/jhbasic.jar com.kclee.simpledit.Main
    Alternatively use the shell or batch script in simpledit1.2/bin. In Unix you first have to change the file mode before executing the script:
    chmod 755 simpledit1.2/bin/simpledit
Release History

Version 1.2 has been released on November 30, 2001


ccl Library
This is the base library used in SimplEdit. If you want the complete source code of SimplEdit, you need to download this package as well. [2001-11-25]
This is a Java shell I wrote and it is the main reason why I needed something like SimplEdit - to quickly edit some simple files from the command line (like vi on Unix). [2001-12-29]

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Chr. Clemens Lee, email:   (my resume)   last revised: $Date: 2001/12/30 18:50:02 $