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The Hessling Editor


THE is a powerful text editor modelled on the VM/CMS text editor XEDIT with the best features of Mansfield Software's Kedit.

THE; is freeware, distributed under the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE and is available for various Unix platforms (either a text-mode application or as a native X11 application), QNX, OS/2, DOS, Amiga and Win9x/Me/NT/2k/XP.

Like its relatives, THE uses Rexx as its macro language, which means that THE is a highly configurable and versatile editor. Since Version 3.0, THE also has user-configurable syntax highlighting.

The Win9x/Me/NT/2k/XP ports of THE can use any of the following Rexx interpreters:

The Unix ports of THE can use either: THE will also work with IBM's REXX/6000 on AIX but this has been superceeded by Open Object Rexx.

THE uses the built-in Rexx interpreter on OS/2 or Regina.

The DOS - protected mode ports, for DPMI and VCPI, both use Regina.

For more information on Rexx visit the Rexx Language Association home page.

A site of contributed macros for THE is maintained by Franz-Josef Wirtz.


A mailing list exists for the announcement and discussion of THE related matters. To subscribe to this mailing list, send an email message to the list server with the first line of the body of the message containing:


With THE on SourceForge, support resources for THE such as mailing lists, discussion forums, bug reporting and feature requests are available.

X11 port of THE

With the release of a port of PDCurses for X11, known as XCurses THE can now be built as a native X11 application. To build an X11 version of THE, you need both XCurses and THE source code.

Last Updated: 20 June 2013. Copyright © 2013 Mark Hessling, <mark@rexx.org>