Alternatives to PSPad for all platforms with any license

  • 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

  • Atom icon


    A hackable text editor for the 21st Century. At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Electron / Atom Shell

  • 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

  • Eclipse icon


    Eclipse is an extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • 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

  • Brackets icon


    Brackets is an open-source editor for web design and development built on top of web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • 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

  • Aptana Studio icon

    Aptana Studio Discontinued

    Aptana Studio is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools with a collection of online hosting and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Adobe Dreamweaver icon

    Adobe Dreamweaver

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

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • 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

  • TextMate icon


    TextMate is not an IDE but by using its powerful snippets, macros, and unique scoping system, it can often provide features that even...

    Commercial Mac

  • 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

  • Bluefish Editor icon

    Bluefish Editor

    Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • TextWrangler icon


    TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator’s tool. At its most basic, a text...

    Free Mac

  • 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

  • AkelPad icon


    A simple notepad-like text editor with many features. It is designed to be a small and fast. User interface in 20 languages. ...

    Open Source Windows

  • Qt Creator icon

    Qt Creator

    Qt Creator is a cross-platform C++, JavaScript and QML integrated development environment which is part of the SDK for the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • 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

  • Lime Text icon

    Lime Text

    Experimental Sublime Text clone. The Backend is written in go. If you are fluent in go, go ahead fork the projekt. This project is...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • 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

  • NINJA-IDE icon


    NINJA-IDE (from the recursive acronym: "Ninja-IDE Is Not Just Another IDE"), is a cross-platform integrated development...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • 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

  • EditPad Lite icon

    EditPad Lite

    EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, designed to be small & compact, yet offer all the functionality you expect from a...

    Free Personal Windows

  • 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

  • Notepadqq icon


    Notepadqq is a linux clone (identical application) of Notepad++

    Open Source Linux

  • 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

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PSPad Comments

Cannot confirm ad- or malware

Positive Comment by ruedigerzwarg
about PSPad Jan 2016

I cannot confirm ad- or malware. Could this be due to downloads from other than the original Website? Anyone who bundles unwanted software while posting the text below, would discredit himself and go off on a tangent forever. This is what it says on

I hereby declare, that PSPad installer, downloaded from PSPad page, doesn't contains any bundled software or malware. PSPad installer and PSPad.exe itself is digitaly signed with code signing certificate, issued by Comodo certification authority.

PS: If offered (as here with pspad) I always use portable software versions


free + adware

Negative Comment by cCKk
about PSPad Jun 2015

Everything posted about PSPad is correct.

Awesome editor, compare with npp.

Free? Invasive adware could cost $$ to remove.

Maybe cheaper to purchase another product.


No code folding, for me that is a no go :-(

Negative Comment by AntonioBakula
about PSPad Jul 2014

I was searching for editor that supports bookmarks like Delphi IDE (or VS with DPack ext), only PSPad have this feature, but lack of code folding is show stopper for me. For example I am debugging parsing big XML file into object models, and using PSPad to examine that XML, without folding it's one big mess :(

[Edited by AntonioBakula, July 03]


PSPad has become scamware, you've been warned

Negative Comment by Itoopeekaboo
about PSPad Apr 2013

I love PSPad. Have used it for years.

Imagine my huge disappointment when I discovered that the latest setup file installed all sorts of undesirable crap in my system. It is no excuse that you can theoretically find a way to decipher the installer to avoid this. The truth is that entire thing is sadly, sadly, oh so sadly conceived to be deceitful.

You've been warned.


New versions

Comment by DanMan
about PSPad Sep 2011

Oh, and if you're looking for the latest version check out the forum:


Suits me the most

Positive Comment by DanMan
about PSPad and Notepad++ Sep 2011

I've tried a lot of editors myself, and I keep coming back to PSPad. I especially don't understand why so many people like Notepad++.


But for me PSPad is the best editor for the moment

Positive Comment by Nortiset
about PSPad and Notepad++, Geany Jun 2011

Personally, I've been using PSPad for 4 years (primary for HTML+CSS) - it's far from perfect, but I couldn't find a 100% replacement for for it.

I've tried over 20 editors - but I'm still using PSPad.
I don't know why there're so many fans of NP++ cause there're lots of better alternatives (imho). Yeah, it's a bit faster, smoother, has better charset-support and code-folding - well that's the only advantages I found for myself.
The better alternatives were:
- RJ TextEditor (it's very functional as-is, without any extensions, though it's a bit "messy")
- Webuilder (another very powerful editor, but it's paid and doesn't have some functions which PSPad has, i.e. Comparision Tool )
- Scriptly (not bad at all, though it's less functional than the editors above and it has only the small german-speaking community, so it's kinda difficult to find any answers)
- Geany (it's more basic, but it's very fast and smooth)
(unfortunately, all of them don't support Zen-Coding which PSPad and NP++ does).

The other editors I've tried (Vim, CoffeeCup, HateML, TopStyle, EmEditor, Komodo Edit, BlueFish, HTML-Kit, Emacs, jEdit, UltraEdit and some others) were worse yet for my demands comparing to PSPad.

After all, the features I miss most in PSPad are:
- advanced color chooser (WB, RJTE)
- advanced preview (RJTE, WeBuilder)
- advanced charset support (NP++, WB)
- clickable links (Geany, RJ TE)
- code folding (NP++, Geany, RJTE)

But for me PSPad is the best editor for the moment.


Just been having a go with PSPad - better than Notepad++

Positive Comment by samdutton
about PSPad and Notepad++ Jun 2011

Just been having a go with PSPad -- it's good!

Overall, better than Notepad++ and, in some ways better than -- my favourite HTML/JS/CSS editor -- HomeSite.

- quick to start, responsive, and a small footprint
- seems stable
- simple, clean interface -- very like HomeSite
- powerful and useful editing features
- plain text ini file
- quite easy to customise

- no multiline search (only HomeSite has this)
- only IE browser integration
- some parts of the interface are a bit cluttered or clunky
- not sure, but I think it's written with Borland Delphi -- shame, in this day and age, it wasn't done cross-platform with (say) Qt

[Edited by em4020, July 25]


I moved to PSPad from Notepad++, PSPad is a great, great app

Positive Comment by Mickets
about PSPad and Notepad++ Jun 2011

I moved to PSPad from Notepad++, after the latter showed a problem of remaining in memory after closed (which wasn't solved in a newer version or by re-installing, or by installing on another computer). Notepad++ probably no longer has this problems, but I'm with PSPad now. Great, great app.