How to Install Kate Text Editor on Linux Mint 21 LTS

Kate is a powerful and intuitive editor that may be the perfect fit for you. With its robust yet straightforward interface, Kate offers everything from word processing to development tools in one place, saving time! And with 200+ languages available onboard alongside plugins galore (think code hooks), this tool will help maximize productivity, whether it’s coding or content creation. Even better, Kate is free and open-source software released under the GNU General Public License, so users are free to download, use, and distribute the program as they see fit. So if you’re looking for an all-in-one solution that can help you streamline your workflow, Kate is worth checking out!

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Kate Text Editor on Linux Mint 21 LTS using the command line terminal, including how to update and, if required, remove the software using the cli commands.

Update Linux Mint

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Kate Text Editor

The first and recommended installation option is to install Kate using APT, which is natively available in the default repository.

Use the following command to begin the installation.

sudo apt install kate -y

How to Launch Kate Text Editor

With the installation complete, you can run Kate in a few different ways.

First, while in your terminal, you can use the following command.


For most desktop users, you would more than likely launch using the graphical icon that can be found in the following path.

Applications > Search > Kate.


Once open, you will arrive at the default launch screen.


The good idea is to modify the default color scheme. By default, Kate Text Edit comes with a few color theme options.

How to Update/Upgrade Kate Text Editor Packages

Users should use terminal commands to check for Kate’s and other system updates.

sudo apt update

If one is available, use the upgrade option.

sudo apt upgrade

Note this will update all packages (recommended), for example, to upgrade the Kate package itself.

sudo apt upgrade kate

How to Remove (Uninstall) Kate Text Editor

To remove the Kate software from your system, run the following command in your terminal.

sudo apt autoremove kate --purge -y

Comments and Conclusion

Kate is a great text editor with features that make your writing life more manageable. It’s worth checking out, especially if you spend a lot of time writing.

See also
How to Install BleachBit on Ubuntu 22.04 or 20.04

For more information, visit the official Kate Text Editor website.

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