TextEdit Alternatives

    TextEdit is described as 'When you need to create text documents, TextEdit is a highly versatile word processor, including tools to format and layout your page, edit and stylize text, check spelling, create tables and lists, import graphics, work with HTML, and even add music and movie files' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 50 alternatives to TextEdit for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Sublime Text. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Vim or gedit. Other great apps like TextEdit are GNU nano (Free, Open Source), CudaText (Free, Open Source), Notepad (Free) and UltraEdit (Paid).

    This page was last updated Feb 12, 2021

    1. 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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      Most users think Sublime Text is a great alternative to TextEdit.
    2. 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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      Vim vs TextEdit opinions
      Some users think Vim is a great alternative to TextEdit, some don't.
      Vim is best in class for what it is designed to do (CLI text editing) but is not at all like the GUI TextEdit. The average TextEdit user would not even recognize Vim.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    3. Official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Has syntax highlighting and is suitable for programming, with support for several languages. It is extensible with plugins.
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    4. 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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      GNU nano vs TextEdit opinions
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      GNU nano is a terminal based editor which does not at all resemble TextEdit
      Negative comment 7 months ago

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      Nano is a great terminal based editor, but anyone looking for an alternative to TextEdit is of course expecting a GUI application.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    5. 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).
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    6. Most simple text editor. Just plain text, saves in .txt format. Not available for download; bundled with all versions of Windows.
      Notepad vs TextEdit opinions
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      Notepad lacks rich text editing
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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    7. UltraEdit is the ideal text, HTML and HEX editor, and an advanced PHP, Perl, Java and JavaScript editor for programmers. An industry-award winner, UltraEdit supports disk-based 64-bit file handling (standard) on 32-bit Windows platforms (Windows 2000 and later).
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    8. Aptana Studio is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools with a collection of online hosting and collaboration services that help you and your team do more. Includes support for PHP, CSS, FTP, and more...
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    9. 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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it.
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