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  • 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

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    Aptana Studio

    Aptana Studio is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools with a collection of online hosting and collaboration services that help you and your team do more. Includes support for PHP, CSS, FTP, and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Aptana is still in development on GitHub but latest version, 3.6.1, was released in October 2014. It lacks Java 8/9 features, as well as newer Javascript and HTML 5 features.
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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

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    Coda

    Coda is a fast, clean, and powerful text editor with pixel-perfect preview and a built-in way to open and manage your local and remote files. And a dash of SSH too. It’s got everything you expect: syntax highlighting for tons of...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

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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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    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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    Bluefish Editor

    Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Qt Creator

    Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML integrated development environment which is part of the SDK for the Qt Framework. It includes a visual debugger and an integrated GUI layout...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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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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    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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    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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    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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    ReText

    ReText is a simple text editor for Markdown and reStructuredText documents with syntax highlighting and optional live preview. It is written in Python using Qt libraries, able to run on any platforms (Linux and BSD are officially...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    EditPad Lite

    EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, designed to be small & compact, yet offer all the functionality you expect from a basic text editor. It is a step up from Notepad, offering cleaner handling of large files, support...

    Free Personal 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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    Spyder

    Spyder (previously known as Pydee) is a free open-source Python development environment providing MATLAB-like features in a simple and light-weighted software, available for Windows XP/Vista/7, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X. Spyder is...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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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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    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

  • BBEdit icon

    BBEdit

    BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides an abundance of high-performance...

    Commercial Mac

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    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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    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

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    metapad

    Metapad is a small, fast (and completely free) text editor for Windows 9x/NT/XP/Vista with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features. It was designed to completely replace Notepad since it...

    Open Source Windows

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    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

    IDE
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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

  • Peppermint icon

    Peppermint

    Peppermint is a tweakable Swiss Army knife for Coding on your Mac. Features - 60+ different syntaxes supported - 10+ different themes - Lots of different plugins/tools for everything you need - Instantly Run/Preview your code...

    Commercial Mac

Programmer's Notepad Comments

Just found out that Obsidian color scheme is in the Tools>O ...

Comment by lilleyt
about Programmer's Notepad Jun 2011

Just found out that Obsidian color scheme is in the Tools>Options>Styles configuration. Sweet.

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A solid choice for a simple yet powerful programmer's edito ...

Comment by lilleyt
about Programmer's Notepad Jun 2011

A solid choice for a simple yet powerful programmer's editor. Compare's well to the best.

I like the fact that the interface is clean enough to serve as a notepad replacement for the average user, which is the primary reason I went looking again for an editor after being a longtime Notepad++ fan. However, under the hood is a polished feature set focused on the coder, with almost everything you'd expect and no fluff. Bonus points for a logically organized toolbars, options dialog and sensible defaults.

Compares well with Notepad++ and PSPad, my other two favorites, but feels more lightweight while still carrying the necessary features. Has all of the basics you would expect such as syntax-highlighting, find-in-files, show whitespace, macros, notepad-replacement (through registry image file execution), external tools, etc.

It also has the somewhat rare combination of advanced features that I happen to care about:

* Regex search and replace (perl syntax)
* Column-mode selection (from scintilla component)
* Code-folding
* Python-scriptable

I only am left wanting for a couple features I miss from Notepad++, namely:

* Obsidian color scheme
* Ctrl-Shift-arrow to move lines up and down
* Markdown syntax highlighting

Also works with Zen coding.

Very good stuff. I'm starting to prefer it over Notepad++ and PSPad. Worth a look for any programmer, or regular user. Don't be fooled by the UI into thinking it's not a powerful editor.

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far superior to notepad++. I like that you can configure to ...

Comment by jason001
about Programmer's Notepad Jun 2011

far superior to notepad++. I like that you can configure tools per extension

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Very good programming editor, use it daily for all my codin ...

Comment by rocketmonkeys
about Programmer's Notepad Jun 2011

Very good programming editor, use it daily for all my coding. Regular updates. Very configurable, great regex/search & replace support. Not an IDE, just an editor. Used to use (and paid for) Textpad, but that grew stale after no updates. Tried notepad++, but this was a lot less messy. Highly recommended for a simple & fast but very powerful text editor.

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