JOE Alternatives

    JOE is described as 'full featured terminal-based screen editor which is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). JOE has been around since 1988 and comes standard with many Linux distributions' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to JOE for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and Chrome OS. The best alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. Other great apps like JOE are Notepad++ (Free, Open Source), Atom (Free, Open Source), Vim (Free, Open Source) and VSCodium (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 21, 2021

    1. BabelPad is a free Unicode text editor for Windows that supports the proper rendering of most complex scripts, and allows you to assign different fonts to different scripts in order to facilitate multi-script text editing.
    2. Diakonos is a powerful and easy to use console-based text editor.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Tilde is a text editor for the console/terminal, which provides an intuitive interface for people accustomed to GUI environments such as Gnome, KDE and Windows. Example: copy current selection is Control-C; paste previously copied text is Control-V.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      vy is a modal editor with a very modular architecture. vy is built on top of Tkinter which is one of the most productive graphical toolkits; It permits vy to have such a great programming interface for plugins.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      4coder is a minimalist, cross platform, programmable, code editing environment, catering to the needs of low level programmers. It allows you to use one work flow across Windows, Linux, and Mac (with the exception of your debugger... for now.).
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    3. Vis aims to be a modern, legacy-free, simple yet efficient editor, combining the strengths of both vi(m) and sam.
    4. Nota is a convergent text editor. Nota is easy to use, with a simple interface by default. Nota supports syntax highlighting for various languages, focus mode, annotations, configurable fonts, colors, a integrated side panel and more.
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    5. WordGrinder is a word processor for processing words. It is not WYSIWYG. It is not point and click. It is not a desktop publisher. It is not a text editor. It does not do fonts and it barely does styles. What it does do is words. It's designed for writing text.
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    6. The vi editor is one of the most common text editors on Unix. It was developed starting around 1976 by Bill Joy at UCB, who was tired of the ed editor.
    7. use your Browser as your Notepad, take notes while you are browsing. From now on for notepad, you don't have to go anywhere, convert your browser into your favorite notepad. Customize it as you like it. TabNote is free and offline.
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