How to Install Brackets Text Editor on Ubuntu 20.04

Ubuntu is the most popular operating system of all Linux and that is why many developers use it. Also because it has modern tools that help them with the development of the software. In this post, we will talk about one of those tools focused on web development. So, after reading the post, you will learn how to install Brackets on Ubuntu 20.04

What Brackets?

Brackets is a powerful text editor focused on web development and especially on the frontend. It is open source and has many features that make it indispensable for many.

Also, in the Brackets website, we find some definition

Brackets is a lightweight, yet powerful, modern text editor. We blend visual tools into the editor so you get the right amount of help when you want it without getting in the way of your creative process.

Being created by many front-end developers worldwide, it can be said that Brackets understands web development like no other editor.

Some characteristics of Brackets are the following:

  • Cross-platform: It has binaries for Windows, Linux, and macOS. This makes the transition to Linux easy if you come from another system.
  • Open Source: With an open code, you can examine it. And above all, you will not have license problems.
  • Support extensions: Supports many different extensions that help even more with the functionality of the program.
  • Preprocessor Support: Work with preprocessors (LESS and SCSS) in a whole new way.
  • Live Preview: Get a real-time connection to your browser.
  • Inline Editors: Instead of jumping between file tabs, Brackets lets you Open a window into the code you care about most.

Install Brackets on Ubuntu 20.04

Brackets have binaries available for Ubuntu 20.04 but are not in the official repositories. So we present you with several methods to perform the installation.

Method 1: Install Brackets on Ubuntu 20.04 using the DEB package

This method is based on the DEB package of Brackets that makes everything easier. This method also guarantees to have the latest stable version of the program.

So, go to the Brackets website and click on the download button. The website will automatically recognize your system and give you the required package.

Once downloaded, open your terminal from the main menu or by pressing the CTRL + ALT + T keys and navigate to the location where the package is.

cd Downloads/

Now install the package using APT:

sudo apt install ./Brackets.Release.

After entering your password, the installation will begin.

In the end, you can launch it from the main menu.

Method 2: Brackets on the Ubuntu Software Center

The Ubuntu Software Center is the Ubuntu application store and is one of the most complete stores in all of Linux. Brackets of course have to be at the party, so let’s install them using this store.

Open the Ubuntu Software Center from the main menu and search for Brackets in the search engine.

Searching for brackets on the Ubuntu Sofware Center
Searching for brackets on the Ubuntu Sofware Center

You will be shown some results, so choose the best one, in this case, the first one.

Now you will see detailed information about the program. To start the installation, just click on the Install button.

Installing Brackets on Ubuntu 20.04
Installing Brackets on Ubuntu 20.04

When the installation is finished, it will be available from the main menu.

Method 3: Using the snap command

There is a third method and this one is even easier. It is the snap command that is the command that manages the Canonical package technology. We’ve talked about it in this post.

So, all you have to do is open a terminal and run it:

sudo snap install brackets --classic

And that is all. After entering the password, the installation will start and you can run it from the main menu.

How to use it?

As soon as you start Brackets, you will see a preloaded file giving you all the introduction to the application.

Brackets on Ubuntu 20.04
Brackets on Ubuntu 20.04

This file is in HTML code but on the right side of the panel, there is a thunder button which is the Live Preview button.

If you click it you will notice that it only works with Google Chrome and not Firefox but this is a lesser evil.

Live Preview
Live Preview

Customization is the order of the day and you can change themes and fonts without problems. Go to View > Themes


Also, you can install Extensions that will help increase productivity.

How to remove Brackets on Ubuntu 20.04?

If you want to uninstall Brackets from your system, it’s not complicated. Only the command will vary according to the installation method.

If you used method 1, just open the terminal and run the following command

sudo apt remove brackets

If you have used method 2 or method 3, it all comes down to running this command:

sudo snap remove brackets

And that’s how easy it is to uninstall Brackets from your system.


If you plan to be a front-end developer in all the letters, you have to know how to use Brackets but for that, you have to know how to install it and that’s what you’ve learned after reading this post.

As you could see, Brackets can be installed by several methods that allow the user to choose the best one for him. On the other hand, it is an editor that facilitates the task of writing code and its subsequent debugging.

So, now we want to know about you, have you used Brackets? do you like it? or do you prefer another one? let us know in your comments and share the post.

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