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  • Notepad++ icon


    Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

    Open Source Windows

  • Sublime Text icon

    Sublime Text

    Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose - any kind of text file. You'll love the slick user interface...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

  • Vim icon


    Vim ("Vi IMproved") is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku OpenSolaris ... Xfce

  • gedit icon


    Official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Has syntax highlighting and is suitable for programming, with support for...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD OpenSolaris

  • Geany icon


    Geany is a small and lightweight Integrated Development Environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

  • GNU Emacs icon

    GNU Emacs

    GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • GNU nano icon

    GNU nano

    GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Haiku

  • Komodo Edit icon

    Komodo Edit

    Komodo Edit is a fast, smart, free and open-source code editor. Switching your trusty code editor is hard, but give Komodo Edit (or...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Notepad2 icon

    Notepad2 Discontinued

    Notepad2 is a fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting. Simple as possible, but yet powerful. Has full...

    Open Source Windows

  • PSPad icon


    PSPad is a freeware programmers editor in 8 languages for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Some features are highlighted syntax...

    Free Windows

  • Notepad icon


    Most simple text editor. Just plain text, saves in .txt format. Not available for download; bundled with all versions of Windows.

    Free Windows

  • SciTE icon


    SciTE is a SCIntilla based Text Editor. Originally built to demonstrate Scintilla, it has grown to be a generally useful editor with...

    Open Source Windows Linux Xfce

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  • UltraEdit icon


    UltraEdit is the ideal text, HTML and HEX editor, and an advanced PHP, Perl, Java and JavaScript editor for programmers. An...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • jEdit icon


    jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Notepad2-mod icon


    A modified version (fork) of Notepad2 based on Kai Liu's and other people's patches.

    Open Source Windows

  • Programmer's Notepad icon

    Programmer's Notepad

    Notepad more focused on developing than just scribble down notes. These is not an exhaustive feature list, but gives you some idea...

    Open Source Windows

  • ReText icon


    ReText is a simple text editor for Markdown and reStructuredText documents with syntax highlighting and optional live preview. It is...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • EmEditor icon


    EmEditor is a fast Unicode text editor for Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 supporting large files, scriptable macros, CSV files, keyword...

    Commercial Windows

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  • SynWrite icon


    SynWrite is a free source code editor and notepad replacement for Microsoft Windows Operating Systems. SynWrite features: syntax...

    Open Source Windows Total Commander

  • Caret icon


    Professional text editing for Chrome and Chrome OS. Caret is a graphical text editor modeled on Sublime Text, running completely...

    Free Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

  • wxMEdit icon


    wxMEdit is a cross-platform text and hex editor, derived from MadEdit . It adds automatic updates, bookmarks, selecting lines with...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • BBEdit icon


    BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web...

    Commercial Mac

  • slap icon


    slap is a Sublime-like terminal-based text editor that strives to make editing from the terminal easier. It has: * first-class...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Node.JS

  • RJ TextEd icon

    RJ TextEd

    RJ TextEd is a full featured text and source editor with Unicode support, syntax highlighting and code folding. The functionality...

    Free Windows

  • Scratch icon


    Scratch is the text editor that works for you. It auto-saves your files, meaning they're always up-to-date. Plus it remembers your...

    Open Source Linux

  • metapad icon


    Metapad is a small, fast (and completely free) text editor for Windows 9x/NT/XP/Vista with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but...

    Open Source Windows

  • TextPad icon


    TextPad is designed to provide the power and functionality to satisfy the most demanding text editing requirements. It can edit files...

    Commercial Windows

  • Editra icon


    Editra is a multi-platform text editor with an implementation that focuses on creating an easy to use interface and features that aid...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • MadEdit icon

    MadEdit Discontinued

    MadEdit is an Open-Source and Cross-Platform Text/Hex Editor written in C++ and wxWidgets. MadEdit can edit files in...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

  • CotEditor icon


    CotEditor is another text editor for Mac from Japan. It is also a code editor for C, C++, CSS, eRuby, HTML, Java, Javascript, LaTeX...

    Free Mac

  • HippoEDIT icon


    HippoEDIT is a powerful, fast and easy to use Windows text editor, primarily targeted at power users and programmers. It has modern...

    Commercial Windows

  • Thunderpad icon


    Thunderpad (formerly Textpad) is a simple, general-purpose and cross-platform text editor written in C++ using the Qt libraries....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • TextEdit icon


    When you need to create text documents, TextEdit is a highly versatile word processor, including tools to format and layout your page...

    Free Mac

  • Pe (Programmer’s Editor) icon

    Pe (Programmer’s Editor)

    Pe, short for Programmer’s Editor, is an open source text editor for BeOS. It is targeted towards source-code editing, and features...

    Open Source Haiku

  • Zed Code Editor icon

    Zed Code Editor

    Zed is a fully offline-capable text and code editor you can use to edit files locally, on Dropbox, or remotely on any server. It has...

    Open Source Windows Linux Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

AkelPad Comments

Best Notepad alternative

Comment by astral_cyborg
about AkelPad Sep 2016

Same GUI with Notepad, but much more options, plugins and tab support. Setup has the ability to replace the Windows Notepad without deleting it of course.


Best Free Notepad I've ever used 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by realnabarl
about AkelPad and EmEditor Nov 2012

I'm not a coder and I like this the most.
It's similar to EmEditor but free.


Small lightweight and portable, can use add-ons to further ...

Comment by dgemu12
about AkelPad Jun 2011

Small lightweight and portable, can use add-ons to further usefulness.