Alternatives to Vim 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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    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

  • 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

  • Leafpad icon


    Leafpad is a lightweight text editor that emphasizes simplicity. As development focuses on keeping weight down to a minimum, only the...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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  • Light Table icon

    Light Table

    Light Table is a new interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games. It provides the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Neovim icon


    Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: Simplify maintenance and encourage contributions. Split...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android BSD

  • Orwell Dev-C++ icon

    Orwell Dev-C++

    Orwell Dev-C++ is a Portable (IDE) Integrated Development Environment and Compiler for the C++ programming language. It's a...

    Open Source Windows

  • Espresso icon


    Espresso is a powerful text editor for web developers, from the creators of CSSEdit . Elegant...

    Commercial Mac

  • 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

  • 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

  • Textadept icon


    Textadept is a fast, minimalist, and ridiculously extensible cross-platform text editor for programmers. Written in a combination of C...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • TextPad icon


    TextPad is designed to provide the power and functionality to satisfy the most demanding text editing requirements. It can edit files...

    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...

    Open Source Mac

Vim Comments

Simply the best editor

Positive Comment by 6443899
about Vim and tmux Jul 2015

When I first tried Vim, it was at school with my computer science teacher. He learned all of the class how to use it for basic text edition. I then discovered all the plugins, add-ons, and settings. It's been more than 6 years I use it on a daily basis, and I was never disappointed by it.

A good combination is tmux + vim, even if you're not a developer, it's super-easy to learn it's basic usage.

Hoping you will give it a try, and adopt it if it fits your needs!

[Edited by 6443899, July 23]


I have been using Notepad++ for quite some time now, but ha ...

Positive Comment by vadviktor
about Vim Jun 2011

I have been using Notepad++ for quite some time now, but had the feeling I have to try Vim out on Windows too, not just using it as a terminal editor. Day by day I find it more productive and fun than Notepad++. It's like changing from PHP to Ruby for me ;)


The steeper the learning curve the higher the reward!!Learn ...

Comment by clyphox
about Vim Jun 2011

The steeper the learning curve the higher the reward!!

Learning vi opens your world to all sorts of things like vimterpreter in your browser or even vim in your shell/command prompt.

Just 5 years using vim and I'm still optimising my and time/work ratio by simply reading more on vim.
Once you "get it" you'll think twice about "normal" editors and even fancy IDE's. (vim could be one if u want, just read)

did I mention the steep learning curve ;)


vim just woks. It is far nicer the emacs but then again the ...

Comment by trekeyus
about Vim Jun 2011

vim just woks. It is far nicer the emacs but then again the emacs/vim war has been going on for ages ultimately it comes down to witch suites you best for me it's vim for you it might be emacs.


I like it for a perfectly simple reason - I can use the sam ...

Comment by mytechieself
about Vim Jun 2011

I like it for a perfectly simple reason - I can use the same editor (with same settings) between UNIX and windows.


Anybody who wants to work on a Unix or Unix-alike environme ...

Comment by ttmrichter
about Vim Jun 2011

Anybody who wants to work on a Unix or Unix-alike environment needs to learn vi/vim. It's not even slightly user-friendly:
* it has a bizarre modal structure;
* it has key bindings that are a bit of a stretch (h-j-k-l for left-down-up-right respectively, for example);
* its online help system assumes you know the odd terminology it uses and is thus doesn't help to learn the application;
* it doesn't play well with others in the GUI world (partially a result of the bizarre key bindings, but not entirely).

So why should you learn it? It's one of the only editors you're pretty much guaranteed will be on a Unix-alike. Any other editor (other than ed or ex -- don't ask!) is not guaranteed.


This was my favorite editor on Linux. It is seemingly infin ...

Comment by 10basetom
about Vim Jun 2011

This was my favorite editor on Linux. It is seemingly infinitely customizable and extensible.