What is TextRoom?

TextRoom is a room of your own. Read the GPLv3

It is a free (as in freedom and free beer) full screen rich text editor developed with especially writers in mind.

TextRoom and all other similar editors share one goal: to get you writing right away by providing distraction free environment to your liking, as well as familiar set of keyboard shortcuts to control its behavior. If you don't feel comfortable already with your editor of choice, you may find it useful.

TextRoom works on Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu, Fedora and many other Linux distributions. There is a port for FreeBSD users.

Press F1 to see a list of commands in TextRoom.


Version 0.8.2


On any Linux distro you will need Qt4.7 (or later) with opengl,svg and xml libs, SDL 1.2.14 (or later), SDL-mixer 1.2.8 (or later), Hunspell 1.2.11 (or later) libraries, libxml++, libcurl3, glibmm installed to run the program. To compile from source you will need development libraries as well (packages usually having "-dev" or "-devel" in their names.

Windows installer and Mac OS X app bundle comes with the necessary libraries, so you don't have to install anything additional.


On Any Linux Distro from Installer:

After download, open up a terminal, cd to the directory which contains the downloaded file and type:


Installer will ask your user (not root) password when necessary.

You can start TextRoom by clicking on the menu entry or typing:


On Linux from Source:

After download, open up a terminal, cd to the directory which contains the downloaded file and to uncompress, type:

tar -xzvf ./textroom-xxx.tar.gz (xxx is the version number)

Then cd to the directory created

cd ./textroom-xxx

And execute

qmake-qt4 (On some distros only "qmake")
sudo make install
make clean

You can start TextRoom by clicking on the menu entry or typing:


On Ubuntu:

Just double click the .deb file, or type:

sudo dpkg -i textroom-xxx.deb

On Fedora:

Double click the .rpm file, or type:

rpm -i textroom-xxx.rpm

On Windows:

Just double click the installer and follow the instructions.

On Windows, removed file associations because of some bugs. TextRoom not reading the options first time the dialog accepted is a known bug, but I couldn't find a workaround yet. It is strongly recommended that you uninstall the previous version first. You can install additional hunspell dictionaries by putting the .aff and .dic files into the application folder.

On Mac OS X:

Mount the disk image and drag the app bundle to the Applications folder.

On FreeBSD:

To install the port:

cd /usr/ports/editors/textroom/ && make install clean

To install the package:

pkg_add -r textroom


On Any Linux Distro from Installer or Source:

You can uninstall TextRoom by:


On Ubuntu:

You can remove TextRoom from your package manager (e.g. Synaptic) or by typing

sudo apt-get remove textroom

On Fedora:

From the package manager, or:

rpm -e textroom

On Windows:

There is an uninstaller for TextRoom which you can reach from the Start Menu. Or you can use Add/Remove Programs in your Windows.

On Mac OS X:

Drag the application in Applications folder to the Trash.

On FreeBSD:

To uninstall the port:

cd /usr/ports/editors/textroom
make deinstall

To uninstall the package:

pkg_delete textroom

To Checkout the svn:

svn checkout http://textroom.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ textroom-read-only


V 0.7.1 on Ubuntu

V 0.8 on Ubuntu - MiniFlo

V 0.8 on Ubuntu - GetAWord

ODT Export sample

In TextRoom

In OpenOffice Writer


To contact us, you can use the SourceForge Forums, Google Code Site or e-mail me in personal: gordebak (at) gmail (dot) com.