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CotEditor Alternatives for Windows

CotEditor is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to CotEditor and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to CotEditor are Notepad++, Sublime Text, Atom and Vim.

CotEditor 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 CotEditor.
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  1. Visual Studio Code icon

    Visual Studio Code

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    185 alternatives to Visual Studio Code 

    Visual Studio Code is a free, lightweight, and extensible code editor for building web, desktop, and mobile applications, using any programming language and framework.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVisual Studio Code can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  LightweightVisual Studio Code consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  AutocompletionVisual Studio Code can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
    4.  Syntax HighlightingVisual Studio Code supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    5.  Git SupportVisual Studio Code supports Git, a free and open source distributed version control system.
    6.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Visual Studio Code.
    7.  Dark ModeVisual Studio Code supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    8.  Support for MarkDownVisual Studio Code supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    9.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Visual Studio Code without registration.
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    Visual Studio Code vs CotEditor opinions
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    Like CotEditor, VSCode is very lightweight and ideal for quickly editing a single file while still offering solid syntax highlighting and formatting actions such as "beautifying" JSON.

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    Notepad++

    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    215 alternatives to Notepad++ 

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

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    1.  LightweightNotepad++ consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Code FormattingNotepad++ supports code formatting for multiple languages and code styles.
    3.  PortableNotepad++ can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsNotepad++ can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    5.  AutocompletionNotepad++ can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
    6.  Syntax HighlightingNotepad++ supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    7.  Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
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  3. Sublime Text icon

    Sublime Text

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    189 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  LightweightSublime Text consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsSublime Text can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  Syntax HighlightingSublime Text supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    4.  Dark ModeSublime Text supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    5.  Distraction-freeSublime Text has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    6.  PortableSublime Text can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    7.  AutocompletionSublime Text can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
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  4. Atom icon

    Atom

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    193 alternatives to Atom 

    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.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAtom can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Git SupportAtom supports Git, a free and open source distributed version control system.
    3.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Atom.
    4.  Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
    5.  Syntax HighlightingAtom supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    6.  Dark ModeAtom supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    7.  Distraction-freeAtom has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    8.  AutocompletionAtom can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
    9.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Atom simultaneously.
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    Atom will be discontinued at the end of 2022: https://github.blog/2022-06-08-sunsetting-atom/

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  5. Vim icon

    Vim

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku
    • AmigaOS
    • OpenSolaris
    • MorphOS
    192 alternatives to Vim 

    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.

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    1.  LightweightVim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVim can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  Syntax HighlightingVim supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    4.  Support for MarkDownVim supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    5.  Command line interfaceVim either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    6.  Spell CheckingVim can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    7.  Batch EditingVim allows you to select multiple items (tasks, files, images etc) and edit their properties all at once.
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    Plugin Gitgutter shows added lines as '+' and altere as '~'.
    Vim vs CotEditor opinions
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    Guest

    CotEditor is GUI, Vim is command line.

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  6. VSCodium icon

    VSCodium

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • Code - OSS (vscode)
    175 alternatives to VSCodium 

    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.

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    1.  No TrackingVSCodium will not track you or use your personal data.
    2.  Privacy focusedVSCodium is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVSCodium can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    4.  Works OfflineVSCodium can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    5.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in VSCodium without registration.
    6.  LightweightVSCodium consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    7.  Syntax HighlightingVSCodium supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    8.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of VSCodium.
    9.  Support for MarkDownVSCodium supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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  7. Eclipse icon

    Eclipse

    • FreeOpen Source
    • IDE
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    155 alternatives to Eclipse 

    Eclipse is an extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software across the entire software lifecycle. Many people know Eclipse as a Java IDE, but it is much more than that- Eclipse actually consists of over 60...

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsEclipse can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  AutocompletionEclipse can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
    3.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Eclipse.
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  8. Kate icon

    Kate

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    • KDE
    128 alternatives to Kate 

    The Kate project develops two main products: KatePart, the advanced editor component which is used in numerous KDE applications requiring a text editing component, and Kate, a MDI text editor application.

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    1.  Syntax HighlightingKate supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    2.  Code FormattingKate supports code formatting for multiple languages and code styles.
    3.  Support for MarkDownKate supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    4.  LightweightKate consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  9. Geany icon

    Geany

    • Mac
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    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Xfce
    133 alternatives to Geany 

    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. Another goal was to be as independent as possible from a special Desktop Environment like KDE or GNOME -...

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    1.  LightweightGeany consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Geany.
    3.  Syntax HighlightingGeany supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    4.  Spell CheckingGeany can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    5.  PortableGeany can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Geany 1.34
    Nice UI with themes and good integration with Ubuntu
  10. GNU nano icon

    GNU nano

    • Mac
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    • Haiku
    132 alternatives to GNU nano 

    GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization support, and filename tab completion.

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    1.  Command line interfaceGNU nano either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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