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Brackets is described as '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' and is a very popular Text Editor in the development category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Brackets for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Chrome OS. The best alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. Other great apps like Brackets are Notepad++, Sublime Text, Atom and Vim.

Brackets alternatives are mainly Text Editors but may also be Code Editors or IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Brackets.
This page was last updated Aug 31, 2021
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  1. Visual Studio Code is more than just a code editor, it provides the tools and extensions to compile, debug, compare, refactor, and even manage code repositories all within a highly-customised development environment.

    Almost everyone thinks Visual Studio Code is a great alternative to Brackets.
  2. Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

    Notepad++ vs Brackets opinions
    Most users think Notepad++ is a great alternative to Brackets.
    Supermath101

    You can't live preview in notepad++.

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  3. 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.

    Almost everyone thinks Sublime Text is a great alternative to Brackets.
  4. Atom is an open-source, Electron based text editor with a massive ecosystem of plugins and themes that are easily accessible through a built-in package manager. Being built with Electron, it uses web technology (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Node.

    Discontinued

    Atom will be discontinued at the end of 2022: https://github.blog/2022-06-08-sunsetting-atom/

    Atom vs Brackets opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Atom is a great alternative to Brackets.
    Szubxero

    Atom is among the members of the "Visual Studio Code" family of IDEs/editors. These applications are feature-rich, extensible and semi-lightweight solutions that are language-neutral for the most part, not as large as a full IDE yet much more powerful than a simple editor. The various members of this family (e.g., Atom, Brackets, VS Code, etc.) are IMHO nearly equal in quality and utility, and which one decides to use is largely a matter of taste.

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  5. 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.

    Most users think Vim is a great alternative to Brackets.


  6. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's Visual Studio Code - Open Source ("Code - OSS") project, the open source core of the proprietary Visual Studio Code.

  7. 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.

  8. gedit

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    • OpenSolaris

    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.

  9. Development Environment, Tooling Platform and Application Framework.

    Discontinued

    Python plugin for NetBeans (nbPython) has been discontinued since v8.1

    Apache NetBeans vs Brackets opinions
    Some users think Apache NetBeans is a great alternative to Brackets, some don't.

    Netbeans is a IDE. Not a editor.

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    Szubxero

    While NetBeans does satisfy nearly every use case for Brackets, and while Brackets can legitimately be considered an IDE AND editor, NetBeans is a full, purpose-built IDE, while Brackets is a semi-IDE, falling somewhere between IDE and editor. NetBeans can, therefore, be a viable alternative to Brackets, but the overlap between IDE and editor uses are not fully compatible between the two.

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  10. Neovim is Vim out of the box.

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