Compile/install Geany IDE from source

While Gedit can be nice (thanks to syntax highlighting) for a quick IDE-like experience, it’s worthwhile to upgrade to a basic true IDE like Geany. Installing Geany is as simple as

apt install geany

but if you want the latest features, here’s how to compile Geany from source.


  1. install prereqs
    apt install gcc g++ intltool pkg-config libgtk2.0-dev
  2. Download Geany source and extract
    tar xf geany*.tar.bz2
  3. generate the Makefile and build
    cd geany*
    ./configure --prefix=$HOME/.local
    make install


If your old system Geany is still overriding, do

apt remove geany


Written by Michael Hirsch, Ph.D. //