coffee_shop is a distraction free Text Editor from Linux written in Ruby.

The source code for this project is available on GitHub.

This project has been essentially abandoned. You can read my final paper for a description of my process creating this application and my final thoughts on it.


Installation is pretty simple. You just need Qt4 and Ruby 1.8. I'll assume you know how to install ruby.

To install Qt4:

Once you have Qt4 for Ruby install, just run ./coffee_shop.rb.


A copy of the documentation is running at, but if you want to run a local copy, install the Ruby gems listed in .gems and run docs/website.rb.


This project is being done by Nathaniel "Nat" Welch for his senior project at Cal Poly. You can find him at various places: