Alternatives to TextPad 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • Kate icon


    Text editor for the KDE desktop environment with support for multiple languages and syntax highlighting. It is extensible with...

    Open Source Windows Linux KDE

  • PSPad icon


    PSPad is a freeware programmers editor in 8 languages for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Some features are highlighted syntax...

    Free Windows

  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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...

    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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Node.JS

  • medit icon


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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

  • RJ TextEd icon

    RJ TextEd

    RJ TextEd is a full featured text and source editor with Unicode support, syntax highlighting and code folding. The functionality...

    Free Windows

  • EditPad Pro icon

    EditPad Pro

    EditPad Pro is a powerful and versatile text editor or word processor. Designed to make text editing as convenient as possible, using...

    Commercial Windows

TextPad Comments

Open Source multiplatform alternative for TextPad?

Positive Comment by fih10golts
about TextPad Feb 2016

I like TextPad, but I need analogue for Linux.
With functions like:
* Compare files.
* Save with encoding.
* Open very big and binary files.
* Case conversion.
* Tabs


Been using this since Win 3.1

Positive Comment by Grapple
about TextPad Feb 2016

... and it's still just as relevant and useful as it was then


Macro Playback is Awesome

Positive Comment by Dheeraj
about TextPad Jul 2013

I'm yet to find an editor that matches the simplicity and power of TextPad's macro playback options. It's my choice for any text manipulation.


I haven't found an editor yet that handles regular expressi ...

Comment by vargaattila75
about TextPad Jun 2011

I haven't found an editor yet that handles regular expressions in such a convenient and efficient way as TextPad. I generally use Notepad++ for everything, but if I have to do regex's I need TextPad.