SciTE – source code editor & excellent log file viewer

Notepad is always not a good choice to view source code. The used of CRLF as line break also make it not usable for viewing log file that downloaded from Linux server. And so far in my life, I never successfully open a huge log file with Notepad.

So there are plenty of text editor out there as an alternative for Notepad. Most of them done a good job as source code editor with a long list of features such as:

  • Syntax highlighting
  • folding
  • block comment
  • support for line breaks character of multiple platform
  • showing whitespace
  • indentation

SciTE is one of the text editor that good for source code editing. And it is very useful for viewing log file as well with its handy “Mark All” feature in Find dialog.

And below is the screen showing the highlight of line containing word ‘timeout’.

SciTE have both Windows and Linux version. For Windows, we recommend you to install with installer contributed by Bruce Dodson, which will add “Open with SciTE” into your context menu, and modified configuration that result in the nice search result as screen capture above. (You may turn on margin to see how the search result look like with default configuration)

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