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A scummy editor for your terminal!

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Scum is a terminal-based, multi-tab text editor written in Python.

Scum in urxvt!


First of all, Scum is really just a novelty editor I wrote mostly for learning and fun. It was not made to compete with seasoned text editors such as Emacs or Vim (hence the name “Scum”). With that being said, it is still a fully-functional terminal based editor! It can be used for both quick editing and full on development. Overall it was extremely fun to write and was a wonderful learning experience. Enjoy! (at your own risk)


  • Syntax-highlighting
  • Multiple Tabs
  • Undo and find functions
  • Open and save files (complete with text-based file-browser)
  • Fully customizable
  • On-the-go configuration changing
  • Tab saving
  • Togglable line numbers and terminal


  • Python 3.x
  • Urwid
  • Pygments


  • Find and replace.
  • Creating a new file.

Key Bindings

Key: Command:
Ctrl+O Open file(s)
Ctrl+S Save file
Ctrl+W Close current tab
Ctrl+page up Move to the next tab
Ctrl+page down Move to the prev tab
F5 Edit the config file
F1 Change GUI layout
Ctrl+F Find
Ctrl+Q Undo last action
Ctrl+D Delete current line
Ctrl+X Exit

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