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Code is described as '(formerly known as Scratch) is an advanced text editor built for and bundled with elementary OS. A very intuitive interface keeps complex functionality like Vim emulation, Git and terminal integration accessible but out of the way while' and is a Text Editor in the development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Code for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Chrome OS and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. Other great apps like Code are Atom, VSCodium, CudaText and Notepad3.

Code 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 Code.
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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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  2. 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.
    Discontinued

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

    Intro screen
    Command palette


  3. 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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    CudaText

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    180 alternatives to CudaText 

    CudaText is a cross-platform text editor, written in Lazarus.

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    1.  LightweightCudaText consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsCudaText can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    Multi-selections, Replace dialog at bottom
    Dark theme, Minimap
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    Notepad3

    • Windows
    196 alternatives to Notepad3 

    Notepad3 is a fast and light-weight Scintilla-based text editor with syntax highlighting. It has a small memory footprint, but is powerful enough to handle most programming jobs.

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    1.  LightweightNotepad3 consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableNotepad3 can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Syntax HighlightingNotepad3 supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    4.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Notepad3 without registration.
    Supports RTL languages out of the box.
    Select Syntax Scheme


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    Lite XL

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    38 alternatives to Lite XL 

    Lite XL is a lightweight text editor written mostly in Lua — it aims to provide something practical, pretty, small and fast, implemented as simply as possible; easy to modify and extend, or to use without doing either.

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    1.  LightweightLite XL consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsLite XL can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  Syntax HighlightingLite XL supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    4.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Lite XL.
    5.  Dark ModeLite XL supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Graviton Editor

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    181 alternatives to Graviton Editor 

    Graviton Code Editor is a minimalist, cross-platform editor focused on speed, customization and productivity.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGraviton Editor can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Syntax HighlightingGraviton Editor supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    3.  AutocompletionGraviton Editor can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
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    Xed

    • Linux
    146 alternatives to Xed 

    Xed is a text editor which supports most standard editor features, extending this basic functionality with other features not usually found in simple text editors. Xed is a graphical application which supports editing multiple text files in one window (known sometimes as tabs or...

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    1.  LightweightXed consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Syntax HighlightingXed supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    Pluma

    • Linux
    146 alternatives to Pluma 

    Pluma, fork of gedit , is a text editor part of MATE Desktop Environment. It supports most standard editor features, extending this basic functionality with other features not usually found in simple text...

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    1.  Syntax HighlightingPluma supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    Lapce

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    176 alternatives to Lapce 

    Lightning-fast and Powerful Code Editor written in Rust.

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    1.  LightweightLapce consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsLapce can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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