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Light Table Code Editor for Window, Linux & Mac OSX

Light Table is a code editor that connects you to your creation with instant feedback. It is customizable and can display anything a Chromium browser can. Furthermore, it allows you to have a real-time debugging of your code while typing, hence you get a real-time feedback allowing instant execution, debugging as well as access to documentation.

Light Table Code Editor

Light Table Features

  • Connects you to your creation with instant feedback and showing data values flow through your code
  • Embed anything you want, from graphs to games to running visualizations
  • Easily customizable from keybinds to extensions to be completely tailored to your specific project
  • Everything from eval and debugging to a fuzzy finder for files as well as commands to fit seamlessly into your workflow
  • Try new ideas quickly and easily
  • An elegant, lightweight, beautifully designed layout so your IDE is no longer cluttered

Light Table 0.8.1 Changelog Highlight


  • Backspace key uses the same CodeMirror plugin that lt.objs.editor/autoclose-brackets does
  • Removed unused styling in structure.css, as well as light skin which was just a confusing pointer to dark skin
  • Removed harbor and jshint node packages that belong to other LightTable plugins
  • files/open-sync logs an error when trying to open a nonexistent file. Previously the error was ignored
  • Check for updates every hour instead of every 5 minutes
  • Removed :hide-connect command which is the same as :show-connect
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  • Changing branches and doing rebases doesn’t cause buggy dialogs. If a file is removed, the tab is closed. If a file has a local modification, the user decides whether to overwrite the current file or not
  • LightTable documentation supports navigation as it is now in a browser tab
  • Save and remove trailing whitespace behavior refreshes tab
  • Navigator no longer cuts off end of files i.e. can scroll horizontally
  • Case sensitive renaming of files e.g. readme -> README
  • Faster detection of binaries in build scripts
  • In linux, middle click to close tab doesn’t paste clipboard contents
  • Clearer description of font-settings behavior
  • Clear console error when github endpoints returns invalid JSON
  • All errors are consistently caught and also logged to console


  • Linux and Windows users have access keys on menus, as well as have additional menu items under File: Quit Light Table and About Light Table
  • Added file type definitions for html templates: ERB, ASPX, EJS, as well as JSP
  • Command-0/Ctrl-0 to reset zoom and Command-=/Ctrl-= to zoom in
  • Disply notification to user after installing/updating/uninstalling a plugin

Download Light Table for Windows, Mac OS, Linux

Install Light Table on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04

tar -xvf lighttable-0.8.1-linux.tar.gz
sudo mv lighttable-0.8.1-linux /opt/LightTable
sudo ln -s /opt/LightTable/LightTable /usr/bin/lighttable

Uninstall Light Table from Ubuntu

sudo apt-get remove lighttable

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