Install Komodo Editor on CentOS8

Install Komodo Editor on CentOS8

In this tutorial, we will install Komodo Editor on CentOS8. Granted, it can be installed on any Linux distribution (rpm-based or Debian distro). However, we will demonstrate the installation process using a CentOS8 virtual machine.

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Komodo Editor is a free and open-source text editor used for programming and web development. It supports multiple languages like Ruby, Perl, Python, HTML/CSS, and JavaScript, just to name a few.  Komodo Editor, or Komodo Edit as it’s often referred to, is a cross-platform application that can run on any of the three major operating systems, Windows, Linux, and MacOS.

Install Komodo Editor on CentOS8 - Komodo Dragon in a Garden

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However, for this demonstration, our primary focus will be Linux-based.

Pre-Installation Checks

Before we begin, this tutorial assumes you already have a Linux machine (preferably CentOS8) installed and running a user account with sudo privileges to become root. If you don’t have a CentOS8 instance installed, consider this article, “Install CentOS8 on KVM“, where we reviewed the CentOS8 installation process.

Downloading the latest Komodo Editor Package

To download the latest Komodo Editor package, visit the ActiveState website. Since we are installing Komodo Editor on CentOS8, we will choose the Linux(x86_64) download link (image below).

Install Komodo Editor on CentOS8

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You can also download Komodo Edit using the wget command (below): version 12.0.1 as of the date of this publication.

					[admin@vm5:~ $] wget

--2022-04-09 17:27:20--
Resolving (,,, ...
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 78492849 (75M) [application/x-tar]

Saving to: ‘Komodo-Edit-12.0.1-18441-linux-x86_64.tar.gz’
Komodo-Edit-12.0.1-18441-li 100%[=========================================>] 74.86M 48.9MB/s in 1.5s
2022-04-09 17:27:22 (48.9 MB/s) - ‘Komodo-Edit-12.0.1-18441-linux-x86_64.tar.gz’ saved [78492849/78492849]

Next, unpack the Komodo-Edit zipped file with the following tar command (below):

					[admin@vm5:~ $] tar -xzvf Komodo-Edit-12.0.1-18441-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
Install Komodo Editor on CentOS8 - Unpacked

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This is not required, but I like to rename the unpacked file to something shorter like Komodo-Edit-12.0.1 — showing just the name and version.

					[admin@vm5:~ $] mv Komodo-Edit-12.0.1-18441-linux-x86_64  Komodo-Edit-12.0.1

Installing the Komodo Editor Package

Now, cd into the Komodo-Editor-12.0.1 directory and run the Installation script (

					[admin@vm5:~/Komodo-Edit-12.0.1 $] ./
Enter directory in which to install Komodo. Leave blank and
press 'Enter' to use the default [~/Komodo-Edit-12].
Install directory:

Enter the path where you want the installation to take place. Otherwise, press the [Enter] key to choose the default option.

Install Komodo Editor on CentOS8 - Completed Installation Script

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After a couple of minutes, the installation will complete and output the following (image above) to your terminal screen. Follow the instructions above (highlighted in green) as applicable. Your options will look different based on your user or where you choose to install the editor.

In the command below, we’re creating a symbolic link to the komodo executable file. This will allows us to launch the editor by simply entering “komodo” on the command line.

					[admin@vm5:~ $] sudo ln -s "/home/admin/Komodo-Edit-12/bin/komodo" /usr/local/bin/komodo

Launching Komodo Editor

After completing the post-installation steps, you can launch Komodo Editor by selecting it from your activities window (image below). Upon launching the editor for the first time, you will be presented with a number of options. Ignore those options for now by clicking the Next button until you arrive at the startup window (image below).

Install Komodo Editor Startup Page

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We have successfully reviewed the Komodo Editor installation process on CentOS8. Was this article helpful to you? If so, leave us a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

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