pluma - Man Page

The MATE Text Editor

Examples (TL;DR)


pluma [Options...] [FILES...]


Pluma is the official text editor of the MATE desktop environment. While aiming at simplicity and ease of use, Pluma is a powerful general purpose text editor. It can be used to create and edit all sorts of text files.

Pluma features a flexible plugin system which can be used to dynamically add new advanced features to Pluma itself.

This manual page briefly documents the pluma command.



Specifies the file to open when pluma starts. If this is not specified, pluma will start a new, blank file with an "Unsaved Document" label. Multiple files can be loaded if they are separated by spaces. pluma also supports handling of remote files.


X display to use.


Set the character encoding to be used for opening the files listed on the command line.


Create a new toplevel window in an existing instance of pluma.


Create a new document in an existing instance of pluma, on the last Pluma window that had focus.


For the first file, go to the line specified by "num" (do not insert a space between the "+" sign and the number). If "num" is missing, go to the last line.


Display list of possible values for the encoding option and exit


Output version information and exit

-?, -h, --help

Print standard command line options.


Print all command line options.

This program also accepts the standard GTK options.


pluma --encoding WINDOWS-1252

Open the Linux Kernel README file from's FTP server using Windows-1252 character encoding.

pluma +156

Open the main web page of and jump to line 156.

pluma --new-window ~/.bashrc ~/.bash_history

Open the current users .bashrc and .bash_history files in a new Pluma window.


Should you encounter any bugs, they may be reported at


This version of the Pluma Manual Page was written with Pluma. =)


This Man Page has been updated/re-written for the MATE Desktop Environment by

Adam Erdman <> (2014)


Some portions of this manual were originally written by Gedit's previous developers, to accompany it in the GNOME Desktop Environment by

Paolo Maggi <>
Paolo Borelli <>
James Willcox <>
Federico Mena Quintero <>
Chema Celorio

See Also

Pluma documentation can be found from the “Help” menu, or by pressing the F1 key.

Further information may also be available at:


29 January 2014 MATE Desktop Environment