Alternatives to GNU Emacs for all platforms with any license

  • Notepad++ icon

    Notepad++

    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 and extraordinary features. Sublime Text 2, a previous version of the program, can be downloaded...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

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    Atom

    A hackable text editor for the 21st Century. At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Electron / Atom Shell

  • Vim icon

    Vim

    Vim ("Vi IMproved") is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of contributed content. It also has a GUI version called GVim.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku OpenSolaris Xfce

  • Eclipse icon

    Eclipse

    Eclipse is an extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software across the entire software lifecycle. Many people know Eclipse as a Java IDE, but it is much more...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    gedit

    Official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Has syntax highlighting and is suitable for programming, with support for several languages. It is extensible with plugins. Currently it features: * Full support for...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD OpenSolaris

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    Geany

    Geany is a small and lightweight Integrated Development Environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages. Another goal was to be as independent as possible from a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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    GNU nano

    GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku

  • Adobe Dreamweaver icon

    Adobe Dreamweaver

    Adobe Dreamweaver is a proprietary web development tool developed by Adobe Systems.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    TextMate

    TextMate is not an IDE but by using its powerful snippets, macros, and unique scoping system, it can often provide features that even a language specific IDE lacks. It has enough project management features to keep most users happy.

    Commercial Mac

  • Kate icon

    Kate

    Text editor for the KDE desktop environment with support for multiple languages and syntax highlighting. It is extensible with plugins. Features a MDI interface. Kate is a multi document editor, based on a rewritten version of the...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD KDE

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    PSPad

    PSPad is a freeware programmers editor in 8 languages for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Some features are highlighted syntax, ftp, projects and so on. Code explorer for Pascal, C/C++, INI, HTML, XML, PHP and more in...

    Free Windows

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    Notepad

    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

    SciTE is a SCIntilla based Text Editor. Originally built to demonstrate Scintilla, it has grown to be a generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs. It is best used for jobs with simple configurations - I...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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    UltraEdit

    UltraEdit is the ideal text, HTML and HEX editor, and an advanced PHP, Perl, Java and JavaScript editor for programmers. An industry-award winner, UltraEdit supports disk-based 64-bit file handling (standard) on 32-bit Windows...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    Leafpad

    Leafpad is a lightweight text editor that emphasizes simplicity. As development focuses on keeping weight down to a minimum, only the most essential features are implemented in the editor. Features: Codeset option (Some...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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    AkelPad

    A simple notepad-like text editor with many features. It is designed to be a small and fast. User interface in 20 languages. Features * Single window (SDI), multi-window (MDI) and pseudo multi-window modes (PMDI); *...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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    Light Table

    Light Table is a new interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games. It provides the real time feedback we need to not only answer questions about our code, but to understand how our...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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    Neovim

    Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: Simplify maintenance and encourage contributions. Split the work between multiple developers. Enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android BSD

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    Lime Text

    Experimental Sublime Text clone. The Backend is written in Go (Programming Language). If you are fluent in go, go ahead fork the projekt. This project is at an early stage. It is a chance and a challenge. We hope you are up to it....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Go (Programming Language)

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    Orwell Dev-C++

    Orwell Dev-C++ is a Portable (IDE) Integrated Development Environment and Compiler for the C++ programming language. It's a maintained version of Dev-C++ which features an updated MinGW compiler and updated code. Sporting GCC...

    Open Source Windows

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    SynWrite

    SynWrite is a free source code editor and notepad replacement for Microsoft Windows Operating Systems. SynWrite features: syntax highlighting for lots of languages; fully customizable highlighting; code folding; tree structure view...

    Open Source Windows Total Commander

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    Textadept

    Textadept is a fast, minimalist, and ridiculously extensible cross-platform text editor for programmers. Written in a combination of C and Lua and relentlessly optimized for speed and minimalism over the years, Textadept is an ideal...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Caret

    Professional text editing for Chrome and Chrome OS. Caret is a graphical text editor modeled on Sublime Text, running completely offline (no Internet connection required) and capable of opening and saving files anywhere on your...

    Free Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

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    wxMEdit

    wxMEdit is a cross-platform text and hex editor, derived from MadEdit . It adds automatic updates, bookmarks, selecting lines with a tripple click, a FreeBASIC syntax file, more supported encodings (L1, CP850, CP437 etc, KOI8...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    wxHexEditor

    wxHexEditor is an open source cross-platform disk/sector/file hex editor written in C++ with a wxWidgets-based user interface. Main features: - low memory usage - huge file/disk support (up to 2^64 bytes) - raw disk access - no...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued The latest update was on April 12th, 2014.
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    slap

    slap is a Sublime-like terminal-based text editor that strives to make editing from the terminal easier. It has: * first-class mouse support * GUI editor-like keybindings * copying/pasting with OS clipboard support * undo/redo ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Node.JS

  • TextPad icon

    TextPad

    TextPad is designed to provide the power and functionality to satisfy the most demanding text editing requirements. It can edit files up to the limits of virtual memory, and it will work with the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows...

    Commercial Windows

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    MacVim

    MacVim is a port of the text editor Vim to Mac OS X. MacVim supports multiple windows with tabbed editing and a host of other features such as: * bindings to standard OS X keyboard shortcuts (?Z, ?V, ?A, ?G, etc.), *...

    Open Source Mac

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    Scratch

    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 tabs so you never lose your spot, even in between sessions. Make it yours. Scratch is written...

    Open Source Linux

  • 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 all the code editor features you'd expect and more: * Syntax highlighting for many programming...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

  • Editra icon

    Editra

    Editra is a multi-platform text editor with an implementation that focuses on creating an easy to use interface and features that aid in code development. Currently it supports syntax highlighting and variety of other useful features...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • MadEdit icon

    MadEdit

    MadEdit is an Open-Source and Cross-Platform Text/Hex Editor written in C++ and wxWidgets. MadEdit can edit files in Text/Column/Hex modes, and supports many useful functions, e.g. SyntaxHighlightings, WordWrap, Encodings...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.2.9, released in February 2009, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.
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    TeXnicCenter

    TeXnicCenter is a feature rich and easy-to-use integrated environment for creating LaTeX documents on the Windows platform. Its powerful editor and its tight integration with the LaTeX environment helps you to concentrate on what...

    Open Source Windows

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    RJ TextEd

    RJ TextEd is a full featured text and source editor with Unicode support, syntax highlighting and code folding. The functionality extends beyond text files and includes support for HTML editing with integrated preview, spell checking...

    Free Windows

GNU Emacs Comments

There's no limits for Emacs. You really should try, if you ...

Comment by tauil
about GNU Emacs Jun 2011

There's no limits for Emacs. You really should try, if you can! ;)

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Emacs really is an awesome text editor. Wonderful, especial ...

Positive Comment by thelivingded
about GNU Emacs Jun 2011

Emacs really is an awesome text editor. Wonderful, especially for programming.

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Ok you need 3 days to learn how it's work, but it is a so c ...

Comment by zobi8225
about GNU Emacs Jun 2011

Ok you need 3 days to learn how it's work, but it is a so crazy software....
The best text editing of the world.

Emacs POWA !!!!

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It really is as powerful as you have heard. Well worth a t ...

Comment by mattrm
about GNU Emacs Jun 2011

It really is as powerful as you have heard. Well worth a try. It's not as complex as you might think either.

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