Getting Bluefish

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Installing binaries from packages[edit]

We provide pre-compiled binaries for several operating systems. In alphabetical order:

Debian and Ubuntu[edit]

Packages for the bluefish stable tree can usually be installed from the Debian or Ubuntu package pool via apt-get, aptitude, synaptic, ...

apt-get install bluefish

For users of Debian stable (currently Debian Wheezy) packages are provided via Just add this repository, follow the instructions given at [1] and install bluefish like this:

apt-get install -t wheezy-backports bluefish

The old repository won't provide any bluefish binary packages any longer. After installing the bluefish backport you can also safely remove any reference to this repository including entries to sources.list and also the repository keyring (package) wgdd-archive-keyring.


Gentoo users run

emerge bluefish

to install the stable version of Bluefish.

MacOSX and Darwin[edit]

Fink users might install the stable version via

fink install bluefish

and the development version via

fink install bluefish-unstable


For Windows an installer is available. Check out the projects download page.

Downloading the source[edit]

There are several ways to retrieve the source of Bluefish.

Downloading a source tarball[edit]

The source tarballs for Bluefish can be downloaded from the project master server (or one of its mirrors) or

For the stable tree, check out [2] on the master server. For the development version use [3]. The server has both versions on the same site.

After downloading compare the SHA hashsum of the tarball with the values provided at our homepage.

Downloading the source via Subversion[edit]

We have two main branches in our Subversion tree:

Make a checkout of the branch you want to work on. Sometimes we also have some branches, when we work on new major features or rewrites. But you usually want one of the above. For the current stable tree (1.0) use:

svn co

For the current development tree use:

svn co

If you need a special release, it can be retreived via (replace X,Y,Z with the version numbers, e.g. 1, 3 and 7):

svn co

Downloading the latest source snapshot[edit]

The latest snapshot (for the stable or the development tree) can be retreived via subversion as shown above. You can also download the source snapshot as tarball for the stable or development tree.