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  • gedit icon


    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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  • 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. The project was created and is maintained by Adobe, and is released under an MIT License.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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    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 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 programming language with extensions to support text editing. The features of GNU Emacs include: ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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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 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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated.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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    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 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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    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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    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 icon


    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

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    • Tiny and more powerful than it first appears jba112 days ago Disagree   Agree
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    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 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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    NINJA-IDE (from the recursive acronym: "Ninja-IDE Is Not Just Another IDE"), is a cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE). NINJA-IDE runs on Linux/X11, Mac OS X and Windows desktop operating systems, and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • NINJA-IDE is for Python programming. SciTE is for all languages. It has problems with UTF-8. Guest • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    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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    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

  • wxMEdit icon


    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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  • Mousepad

    A simple text editor for the Xfce desktop environment. Mousepad aims to be an easy-to-use and fast editor for quickly editing text files, not a development environment or an editor with a huge bunch of plugins. Features: * Complete...

    Open Source Linux BSD Xfce

  • slap icon


    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 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 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

  • MacVim icon


    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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    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

SciTE Comments

Nice clean UI

Positive Comment by charlesgoodwin
about SciTE and Notepad++, Programmer's Notepad Jan 2016

Notepad++ has become the de facto Notepad replacement, but it's UI is like visual diarrhea. SciTE is a much cleaner, but no less able, alternative and I'm more than happy after making the switch. Also worth checking out is Programmer's Notepad, based on the same underlying editor (Scintilla) as SciTE.


My two cents

Comment by xxavx
about SciTE Mar 2013

SciTE is a text editor I came across when I was a M.Sc. student. Because I had to switch between Windows and Linux all the time (Linux at the university, Windows at home), my editor had to switch seamlessly between Windows & Linux, but still provide with advanced capabilities. Scite did all this. Nowadays I do not need this switching capability (e.g. I use TC’s sFTP plugin, and Cygwin whenever I can), but Scite has proven to be a very complete text editor nevertheless.

The main reason I have used this editor for over 8 years is its simplicity, yet completeness. SciTE does not require installation, it offers a minimalistic/clean interface, and more importantly: it offers most of the features I ever needed over the years: highlight syntax, wrap around, multi line tabbing, replace in many documents, search in many documents, multiple tabs, capitalize, bookmarked finds, and even color configuration. That's pretty much everything you will ever need from a text editor. Additional options can be tweaked via an extensive configuration file: by browsing the configuration file you may discover features you didn't even know they existed (like highlighting all instances of a word, via highlight.current.word=1).

So far, the only two features you may miss are keyboard macroing for repetitive tasks, and advanced regular expressions. There are indeed fancier programs out there (NotePad++ comes to mind), but SciTE would score a 9 in a 10-scale.

Personally, I have built my own configuration file (find a description of the options here), for example enabling Load on Activate, or Highlight Current Word. The rest are mostly cosmetic changes.


Darn solid editor with colour syntax highlighting. I use it ...

Comment by BillBell
about SciTE Jun 2011

Darn solid editor with colour syntax highlighting. I use it for everything that isn't word-processing or publishing. Easily incorporated into simple script development cycle.


When I moved development from Linux to Windows, I found Sci ...

Comment by 10basetom
about SciTE Jun 2011

When I moved development from Linux to Windows, I found SciTE to be the closest match to my favorite editor on Linux, VIM, in terms of power and flexibility. It has a lean GUI (you can say no GUI), leaving the developer to just focus on the development. I have since moved to something lighter (Notepad2) since I do a lot less development these days. Notepad2 actually uses the same open source edit control as SciTE (Scintilla), so there's even a way to enable folding in it if that's your cup of tea.