Amaya HTML Editor Won’t Start in Linux

You may have an interest in using Amaya in Ubuntu, Mint or other Linux distribution of your choice and be having trouble getting the application to stay open.  While a lot of web developers use Linux, editor choices are fairly slim out there for those looking for wysiwyg or partial wysiwyg support.  For a decent list of what is out there click here: 20 Best Free HTML Editors for Linux and UNIX  While it’s been a few years since it was updated, the one which I was most interested in using was W3C’s editor Amaya due to it’s support of html5 and it’s by default industry standard position.  The Linux version for a lot of you will appear broken right out of the box.  Particularly, if you have intel integrated graphics and are depending upon Mesa, Amaya will crash shortly after opening, often with little warning as to what happened.  In Windows, Amaya depends upon hardware OpenGL stuff.  If you experience crashing or slow performance, the Amaya site recommends updating these drivers from your graphics chip manufacturer.  Linux implementations, however, use software drivers.  While I’ve not had trouble on systems with dedicated graphics like my box with a gtx770 card, the mesa drivers on my laptop with integrated Intel Iris drivers seems to throw Amaya for a loop.  To get the application running, try this trick.  Create a shortcut to Amaya on your desktop or task bar.  In the shortcut, place this text in the command “amaya %u index.html”.  Make sure the reference to Amaya is pathed correctly and that the page being opened initially (index.html) is something you would like to start with and is accessible.  I use a boilerplate template as a start.  Apparently, starting Amaya without an initial page selection causes an exception of some sort.  Try things this way and you should at least get the application to stay open.  How it runs after that will depend upon a lot of other things.  It is working fine for me so far.


I hope this gets you going on Amaya.  Here is a product I just got started with that you might find even more helpful.  So far seems much less buggy in Linux.  Also, appears very up to date and powerful.  It uses Gecko for rendering.  No problems yet.  Give it a try!

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