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Open source code editor for the web from Adobe still in the early stages, but with the promise of lots of development. Built with HTML, CSS and javascript. Easily extensible.


Text editor features syntax colouring for 26 languages, powerful find and replace including regular expressions, outline menu, split views, macros and keybindings.


Use calming music and a selection of beautiful backgrounds to help focus on your writing. Allows you to save files to your computer.


Distraction-free editor allows you to place markers in your text, which show up in a side panel. Comes with an inline thesaurus.


Open source markdown editor for OS X, released under the MIT license, heavily influenced by Chen Luo’s Mou. Features highly customisable markdown rendering, syntax highlighting in fenced code blocks, sophisticated auto-completion.

Mini Diary

Mini Diary helps you make sense of all those thoughts churning in your mind every day. It doesn’t have a lot of features but it covers the basics: search, calendar, bold, italic, lists and word count. Plus it is password protected. Jump in and spill.


A light-weight text editor that supports syntax highlighting for dozens of programming languages. Choose from several themes and mono-spaced fonts.


General-purpose text editor supports extensive encoding, multi-selection indentation, invisible characters and iCloud Drive integration.

Plain Text Editor

Ideal for those who prefer their text with no formatting. Options allow for optimal line length, word, character and line count, a transparent background and keeping the window on top.


Collaborative coding for programmers has powerful editing tools, command line access and ability to create scripts. Now free and open source.

Sublime Text

Sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose has a slick user interface and features goto anything, multiple selections, a command palette, distraction-free mode, split editing and instant project switch. A licence is required for continued use, but there is no time limit for evaluation.


Bare Bones has turned TextWrangler into a free version of BBEdit. So basically, it’s BBEdit with a bunch of greyed out menu items that you can’t use unless you upgrade to the full version. Does this count as free? It’s borderline.

Visual Studio Code

Open source, cross-platfrm text editor from Microsoft has thousands of extensions, IntelliSense completions and built-in support for Git.