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JDarkRoom is a 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 novel, essay, thesis or just need to be able to concentrate on your writing, then JDarkRoom may help you.


  • 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 more...

What's New

Version 100.0:
  • 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)
  • Many bug fixes and small tweaks


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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AmberV Member IconReview+65

Perfect if you do not have the wallet to support WriteRoom's cost. This is a text editor with a beautifully done old-school interface. Funny how these old methods still work so well. You can change every single function in this application without once reaching for the mouse.

I wish it jumped straight back into full screen when you Cmd-Tab back to it, that is the only major issue I had with it. I love fixed width fonts so that aspect is no problem for me.

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flopka Member IconComment+2

This is a surprisingly effective alternative to Writeroom which has grown to have too many bells and whistles for a "simple" word processor. Yeah, it's old-skool, but it works. Wish it had other than monospaced fonts, though.

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Version 12
dnem41 Member IconReview+30

very cool. full screen. black. green. simple.

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Version 12
Dalahast Member IconComment+139

The old version of WriteRoom is still up for free on the developer's site. This might be worth my while if it had various settings that made it useful for everyone (such as say, vim, nano, and emacs modes that let users familiar with those programs get around with keyboard shortcuts). I find that running vim fullscreen will solve the problem nicely for me– if you can learn vim (I was able to learn a good deal of vim in 30 minutes), it'll help you for more than just coding. You can write faster and make lists with ease.

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Current Version (100.x)


Downloads 3,120
Version Downloads 1,066
License Free
Date 23 Jun 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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