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Best Text Editors

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Text Editors Overview

What are Text Editors?

Text editors, or source code editors, allow developers and others to generate and edit text used by programs. Text editors are lightweight, flexible, and contain features to ease writing and manipulating code. This largely consists of making code easier to search and locate, shortcuts, and customizable UI. Text editors are universally highly extensible with plugins and extensions. Their usefulness as code editors is directly tied to the availability of these.

Features of Text Editors

Text editors provide the following features:
  • Syntax highlighting to ease visually scanning text
  • Formatting & table editing, similar to word processors
  • Text folding (or code folding) to hide, reduce visible text on-screen
  • WYSIWYG viewing, printing
  • Editing in blocks or columns, multi-monitor split editing, inline editor
  • UI themes to provide a more pleasant text editing environment
  • Auto-complete for repeated words & functions
  • Shortcuts to quickly navigate code
  • In editor debugging
  • Plugins & API, package ecosystem
  • Other extensions (e.g. languages, UI, etc.)

Pricing Information

Text editors are available free and open source. Paid editors are available for install on a per user or per machine basis. Paid editors offer more advanced API, some IDE like extensibility, and professional support.

Text Editors Products

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Sublime Text

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76 Ratings

Sublime Text is a highly customizable text editing solution featuring advanced API, Goto functions, and other features, from Sublime HQ in Sydney.

Notepad++

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84 Ratings

Notepad++ is a popular free and open source text editor available under the GPL license, featuring syntax highlighting and folding, auto-complete, multi-document management, and ac customizable GUI.

Atom

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35 Ratings

Atom is a free and open source text editor offering a range of packages and themes.

2 Ratings

BlueFish is a free and open source text editor supporting a wide range of languages, multiple document interface, powerful search tools, in-line checking and auto-recovery, and other features.

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TextEdit is a free and open source distributed with MacOS since Apple acquired NeXT.

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gedit is a text editor for the GNOME desktop environment.

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BBEdit is a text editor from Bare Bones software headquartered in Massachusetts.

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ActiveState headquartered in Vancouver offers Komodo Edit, a lean and open source version of their Komodo IDE product.

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TextPad is a free and open source general purpose plain text file editor, for Windows.

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NoteTab is a text editor from Swiss company Fookes Software.