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Text Editors


  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Online
  • Android
  • BSD
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Self-Hosted
  • Chrome OS
  • Android Tablet
  • Google Chrome
  • PortableApps.com
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Electron / Atom Shell
  • Xfce
  • Haiku
  • Firefox
  • Etherpad
  • Cygwin


  • Syntax Highlighting
  • Portable
  • Lightweight
  • Distraction free writing
  • MarkDown support
  • IDE
  • Notetaking
  • Tabbed interface
  • WYSIWYG Support
  • Multiple languages
  • Distraction-free UI
  • Customizable
  • Extensible by Plugins/Extensions
  • Hex Editor
  • Support for Unicode
  • Minimalistic
  • Collaborative writing
  • Code completion
  • Support for Large File
  • Search and replace
  • Support for regular expressions
  • Writing tool
  • Support for SFTP
  • Fullscreen support
  • Autocompletion
  • Web-Based
  • Drag n drop
  • Sync with Dropbox
  • Support for Themes
  • Text editing


  • Free
  • Open Source
  • Paid


Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.


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 and extraordinary features.



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.



A hackable text editor for the 21st Century.


Visual Studio Code

Code combines the streamlined UI of a modern editor with rich code assistance and navigation, and an integrated debugging experience – without the need for a full IDE.



Write! is a distraction-free text editor that boosts your productivity. It supports markdown syntax, spell-checker, cloud integration and much more!Features:



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.



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.



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


GNU Emacs

GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more.


Adobe Dreamweaver

Tool for building websites and applications. Adobe Dreamweaver software is intended for web designers, web developers, and visual designers.



A brilliant, all-in-one macOS web editor. Everything you need to write beautiful web code.




The program is no longer updated. Last version, 4.2.25, released on October 28, 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.

Notepad2 is a fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting. Simple as possible, but yet powerful. Has full Unicode support.



TextMate brings Apple's approach to operating systems into the world of text editors.

  • Mac

GNU nano

GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor.


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 its big brother https://alternativeto .



Create instant task lists, share notes, and video chat, all on the same page. Taskade is a modern organization and collaboration tool for getting things done. Get our app on Web, Mobile, Chrome, Mac and Windows. Taskade is simple, flexible, and fun! .



Text editor for the KDE desktop environment with support for multiple languages and syntax highlighting. It is extensible with plugins. Features a MDI interface.



PSPad is a freeware programmers editor in 8 languages for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Some features are highlighted syntax, ftp, projects and so on.



Most simple text editor. Just plain text, saves in .txt format. Not available for download; bundled with all versions of Windows.



With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all.



UltraEdit is the ideal text, HTML and HEX editor, and an advanced PHP, Perl, Java and JavaScript editor for programmers.




The developers announced that development of TextWrangler has stopped, in favor of concentrating their efforts on the development of BBEdit.

Quoted from the TextWrangler webpage, "We are sunsetting TextWrangler, and we encourage anyone interested in TextWrangler to download and use BBEdit instead."

TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator’s tool.


Bluefish Editor

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



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.