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All I need is a simple text editor that is able to do simple formatting (bold, italic, underline, list).

Given my situation, what is the best solution for editing RTF in linux?

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Have you found a CLI editor that handles RTF? – Alex Feinman Dec 27 '11 at 18:14
Maybe FocusWriter with basic RTF will meet your needs. – Kai Noack Jul 29 '14 at 14:33
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You can try AbiWord.

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meh, it's still too overkill for my needs – ariefbayu Oct 27 '09 at 9:31
hmm.. on second though, I can hide most of it's UI (toolbars, statusbar, etc). I can use abiword for simple RTF editing and oowriter for heavy editing. Thank you. – ariefbayu Oct 27 '09 at 9:33

Don't forget that wine provides Wordpad by default. First install wine and then type the following in a terminal:

wine wordpad
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+1: My personal favorite. – kirbyfan64sos May 18 '14 at 23:11

Maybe Ted would be an appropriate choice in that case.

However, I am curious as to know what your usecase is for using RTF (instead of, say, HTML with a plain text editor)

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Wikipedia link (don't forget to add the trailing ")") – jhominal Oct 27 '09 at 9:58
Hi, I've tried Ted before. But, it's buggy. My usecase is, I sometime edit my notes on windows, which is easy using wordpad. – ariefbayu Oct 31 '09 at 1:35
Ted isn't in Ubuntu at the moment, and the .deb package depends on an old version of libtiff and crashes on startup on ubuntu 14.04. I did not try building from source. – Andrew Wagner Nov 11 '14 at 13:08

For the CLI use catdoc. Since this is I'm assuming you know how to install it. For a GUI approach I know LibreOffice can view .rtf, but I also think Abiword will work.

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LibreOffice Writer can be used on rtf files. You can read more about it here.

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