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Open Source CKEditor Alternatives

The best open source alternative to CKEditor is TinyMCE. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to CKEditor and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to CKEditor are Trumbowyg, CrossBrowdy, ContentTools Editor and Editor.js.

CKEditor alternatives are mainly Text Editors but may also be WYSIWYG HTML Editors or Code Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of CKEditor.
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  1. TinyMCE icon

    TinyMCE

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • Wordpress

    TinyMCE is a platform independent web based Javascript HTML WYSIWYG editor control released as Open Source under LGPL by Moxiecode Systems AB. It has the ability to convert HTML TEXTAREA fields or other HTML elements to editor instances.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsTinyMCE can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Almost everyone thinks TinyMCE is a great alternative to CKEditor.
  2. Trumbowyg icon

    Trumbowyg

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    Trumbowyg is a very small jQuery plugin (16 kB minified) for creating a powerful WYSIWYG editor. Features:

    ⚫︎ LightweightTrumbowyg consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableTrumbowyg is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsTrumbowyg can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Most users think Trumbowyg is a great alternative to CKEditor.


  3. CrossBrowdy icon

    CrossBrowdy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    CrossBrowdy is an open-source and free JavaScript framework that let developers create multimedia apps, game engines, games, emulators and so on.

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    ContentTools Editor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    A small & beautiful WYSIWYG editor for HTML content. ContentTools is a collection of small, flexible, extensible and framework agnostic JavaScript libraries for creating beautiful WYSIWYG editors for HTML content.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableContentTools Editor is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsContentTools Editor can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Most users think ContentTools Editor is a great alternative to CKEditor.
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    Editor.js

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    Editor.js is a block-styled editor for rich media stories. It outputs clean data in JSON instead of heavy HTML-markup. And more important thing is that Editor.js is designed to be API extendable and pluggable.

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    Aloha Editor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    Aloha Editor is an HTML5 WYSIWYG Editor that gives you a total new experience when editing. It's faster than existing WYSIWYG technologies and offers unprecedented WYSIWYG functionalities.

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    Summernote

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    WYSIWYG Editor built with jQuery, Bootstrap and Font-Awesome. MIT-licensed. 2500+ stars on GitHub.

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    Most users think Summernote is a great alternative to CKEditor.
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    openWYSIWYG

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    The ultimate WYSIWYG editor for your web-based applications and forms.

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    pell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    The simplest and smallest (~1kB) WYSIWYG text editor for web, with no dependencies 

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    WYMeditor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    WYMeditor is a web-based WYSIWYM (What You See Is What You Mean) XHTML editor (not WYSIWYG).

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