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  • 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

  • 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

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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

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    Notepad2

    Notepad2 is a fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting. Simple as possible, but yet powerful. Has full Unicode support. Can be run out of the box without installation, and does not touch your...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 4.2.25, released on October 28, 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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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

  • Notepad icon

    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

  • Leafpad icon

    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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    jEdit

    jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it. While jEdit beats many expensive development tools for features and ease of use, it is...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Caret icon

    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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    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

  • 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

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    Scribes

    A text editor for GNOME that combines simplicity with power. Scribes focuses on streamlining your workflow. It does so by ensuring common and repetitive operations are intelligently automated. And also by eliminating factors that...

    Open Source Linux

  • 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

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    medit

    medit is a programming and around-programming text editor. Started originally as a simple built-in editor component in GGAP, it grew up to a real text editor.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

  • Keypress Editor icon

    Keypress Editor

    This is the editor you were looking for. Keypress is an offline, desktop based code editor. Use Keypress to edit your local files, on any platform. Keypress features a stylish and simplistic interface, and intuitive features like...

    Free Chrome OS Chrome

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    Text

    Text.app is a simple text editor for Chrome OS and Chrome. It's fast, lets you open multiple files at once, has syntax highlighting, and saves to Google Drive on Chrome OS.

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

  • Syncplify.me Notepad! icon

    Syncplify.me Notepad!

    Notepad! is the free, powerful, feature-rich replacement for your Windows Notepad. This software is completely free to use, for both personal and business purposes. With multi-document editing, split editing (two views of the same...

    Free Windows

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    Notepas

    Notepas is a fast portable native multiplatform text editor written in Lazarus and can be compiled for multiple platforms and widget sets using the advanced native Free Pascal Compiler. Exclusive features: - Alpha blended...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Pluma

    Pluma, fork of gedit , is a text editor part of MATE Desktop Environment. It supports most standard editor features, extending this basic functionality with other features not usually found in simple text editors. Pluma is a...

    Free Linux

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    Ynote Classic

    Ynote Classic is an easy to use fast and advanced text editor with a tabbed interface and multiview. It has intelligent Syntax Highlighting, Code Folding , Auto Indent and autocompletion. It can highlight any language you like using...

    Open Source Windows

  • Devpad icon

    Devpad

    Notepad-like VB.Net multi-tab source code editor for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 that supports ASM, ASP.Net, Boo, C#, C++, CSS, HTML, INI, Java, JavaScript, Lua, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, SQL, VB.Net, XML and plain text files. -...

    Open Source Windows

  • Angel Writer

    Angel Writer is a free text editor allowing you to create impressive documents that contain formatted text, graphics and tables. You can learn how to work with Angel Writer in five minutes since it is very similar to...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Software discontinued since 2007.
  • PHP Studio icon

    PHP Studio

    PHP Studio is an easy-to-use and comprehensive development solution for PHP based websites and applications. This advanced PHP editor has many features that will streamline complete development process of editing, debugging and...

    Commercial Windows

  • EdytorNC icon

    EdytorNC

    EdytorNC is text editor for CNC programmers. Some features : bolt holes calculation; solutions of triangles calculation; speed, feed calculation; conversion inch/mm, mm/inch; code colouring; RS232 data transmission with automatic file...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Simple Code Editor icon

    Simple Code Editor

    Simple Code Editor is a simple, elegant, and powerful code editor, with many features.

    Free Windows

  • FavoText icon

    FavoText

    FavoText is a text editor, which supports editing file with text/hex format, syntax highlighting and auto completion; it also offers many powerful features for Web page authors and programmers.

    Commercial Windows

  • RichEdit (formerly PrepixPad) icon

    RichEdit (formerly PrepixPad)

    Lightweight, handy and useful text editor which allows you to create, open, and save files using both the Rich Text Format and the Plain Text Format. Vikon has all the features of an advanced text editor. Vikon also includes a small...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Official site unavailable but download still available through download sites.
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    Coastline

    Coastline is a simple minimalist text file editor. Handy and fast, it allows you to create, open, edit and save plain text files. Features: - Minimalist design - Opening, editing and saving plain text documents - Changing font...

    Free Android

Mousepad Comments

Nice little text editor

Positive Comment by ZackGules
about Mousepad Sep 2015

Its a very nice little editor. Its perfect for simple text graphics, and its ability to change text font, allows to view pseudographics as well. It has tabbed window support, printing, syntax highlighting.

However, its not always fit for the job, if you have multiple encodings. It allows to detect and open text in different encoding with live preview, as well as change string endings (Linux, Mac, Windows styles). BUT, it does not allow to save in other encoding. Open yes, create new (UTF8) yes, paste and save as UTF8 yes. But live conversion and export in other encoding dont work - and that might be crucial for text editing; unless one only uses one encodoing, or recodes text using different tool.

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