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jDarkRoom is a cross platform simple full-screen text editor written in Java

About JDarkRoom JDarkRoom is a popular, simple full-screen text file editor with none of the usual bells and whistles that might distract you from the job in hand.  If you are writing a speech, novel, essay, thesis or just need to be able to concentrate on your writing, then JDarkRoom may help you.

 I have released JDarkRoom under the umbrella of CodeAlchemists.  Please donate if you find this software useful - it encourages me to add features and fix bugs.

 The development of JDarkRoom was heavily inspired by DarkRoom, an implementation of WriteRoom (which is a Mac-only application) for Windows, but DarkRoom requires the Microsoft .NET framework.  I decided to create my own implementation in Java for those that prefer not to use .NET.

  • Change your colour preferences, font and font size - via the settings screen (F6)
  • JDarkRoom remembers the file that you were working on last time
  • Support for central-european character sets
  • JDarkRoom notifies you if you might have forgotten to save your changes
  • Word/line/character count (Ctrl-L)
  • Specify a file on the command-line for JDarkRoom to open it at startup
  • Text antialiasing (where possible)
  • Mouse-wheel scrolling
  • Adjustable margins to fit any screen resolution (F9 to reset)
  • Auto-save backups - so you never lose your work again
  • Text search (F7 / Ctrl-F)
  • A command-reminder strip can be displayed at the bottom of the screen
  • Export to HTML using Markdown
  • Goal feature - displays number of words required to reach a specific goal
  • Inherit indentation
  • Convert tabs to spaces
  • Insert timestamp feature - with configurable timestamp format
  • 'No Delete' mode
  • 'Typewriter scrolling' mode (experimental)
  • A choice of file encodings (default: UTF-8)


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  Donations JDarkRoom is supported entirely by the adverts you see on the right and by donations.  Please consider donating, even 5 €/$/£ helps.

Paypal handles the secure transaction (so we never see your financial details).

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 Alternatively, we now accept Bitcoin donations:


  Download To run JDarkRoom, you need to have Java 1.5 or greater installed (Java 6 is recommended).  Mac OS X comes pre-loaded with Java so you don't need to worry.

  JDarkRoom version 15-beta
Windows (installer)(283KB)
Mac (zipped application)(332KB)
Mac / Linux (JAR file)(216KB)
  JDarkRoom version 14 User Guide
 Download (PDF, 96KB) 

 Once the program has fully downloaded, you should be able to double-click on it and it should run straightaway.  If you download the JAR version, an alternative is to open a command prompt, navigate to the directory where you downloaded the program, then type
java -jar JDarkRoom.jar
Mac users: You should be able to double-click the downloaded ZIP file, open the JDarkRoom directory, then drag JDarkRoom to your Applications folder, or to the Dock.


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