Notepad is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is Atom, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Notepad and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Notepad are Sublime Text (Free Personal), Vim (Free, Open Source), gedit (Free, Open Source) and GNU nano (Free, Open Source).
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Most users think Atom is a great alternative to Notepad.
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.
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.
CudaText is a cross-platform text editor, written in Lazarus. It starts quite fast (0.5 sec with ~30 plugins on CPU Intel Core i3 3Hz). It is extensible by Python add-ons (plugins, linters, code tree parsers, external tools).
TextMate brings Apple's approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike.