How to Install Komodo Edit on Ubuntu Linux

This tutorial explains how to install Komodo Edit in Ubuntu Linux. Learn how to download and install Komodo Edit in Ubuntu Linux with practical examples.

A brief intro of Komodo

Komodo is an editor application. It is developed by the ActiveState. ActiveState releases two versions of Komodo; Komodo Edit and Komodo IDE.

Komodo Edit is free for personal use. It contains all basic features for creating and editing programing files.

Komodo IDE is the paid version of Komodo Edit. In addition to all features of Komodo Edit, it also contains several advanced features. To learn about these features in detail, you can check the following webpage.

Although this tutorial only provides step by step instructions for downloading and installing the free version of Komodo, yet you can use the same steps to download and install the paid version of Komodo.

Downloading Komodo Edit in Ubuntu

Since Komodo Edit is a third party application and not available under the GPL license, Ubuntu does not distribute it from its official repositories. To install Komodo Edit in Ubuntu, we must have to download it manually from its official site.

To download the latest stable version of Komodo Edit, visit the following webpage.

This page provides downloading options for Windows, Mac and Linux. Download the Linux installer package file (Linux x86_64).

download the komodo edit

By default, browser starts the downloading with the option 'Open with'. Select the option 'Save as' and click OK button.

downloading installer file

Preparing for installation

Komodo cannot be installed directly from the downloaded file. The downloaded file contains an archived package. That archived package contains installation files. In order to install the Komodo, we must have to extract the package from the downloaded file.

Once downloading is finished, open the folder which contains the downloaded installer file.

downloading finish

Right click in empty space and from the right click context menu click the option "Open in Terminal".

open in terminal

Alternatively, press "ALT+CTRL+T" keys to open a terminal. In Terminal, switch current directory to the Downloads directory.

open terminal from keys

Use the following command to extract package from the downloaded file.

$tar -xzvf [downloaded file name]

To know the name of downloaded file, you can use the ls command.

extract zip file

Switch current directory to the extracted directory. To know the name of extracted directory, you can use the ls command again.

switch to exacted

Installing Komodo

Extracted directory contains a script file named To install Komodo, we have to execute this script. Use the following command to execute it.

$sudo ./

To authenticate the execution, type your login password when it prompts.

running file

By default, this script installs Komodo in the home directory of the user who started it. To install it in other directory, when asked, type the path of that directory and press the Enter key. To install Komodo in home directory, simply press the Enter key.

For example, to install the Komodo Edit in the directory /opt/Komodo, when asks, type /opt/Komodo and press Enter key.

set installation directory path

This starts the installation process. Usually, installation process takes less than a minute to install the Komodo.

installation of komodo

Starting Komodo

Once Komodo is installed, you can start it from the Dash (Application launcher). To start it, click the Dash button and in the search box of the opened window, search the keyword "Komodo". From the search results, click the Komodo.

starting komodo from Dash

If Komodo is started the first time, it prompts user to customize the appearance. These options can also be customized later from the main screen of Komodo.

customize komodo

Select the applicable options and press Enter key to start the Komodo.

komodo started

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