15 Best Text Editors

1. Notepad++:

This is an excellent replacement for Notepad. Some of its features include:

a. Auto Completion
b. Syntax Highlighting
c. Drag and Drop feature
d. Search facility
e. Zoom in and out

2. PSPad:

A freeware editor for Windows offers the following features:

a. Syntax Highlighting
b. Multiple document editing support
c. Built in FTP Client
d. Full HEX Editors
e. Saved Desktop Sessions

3. Komodo:

This open source and cross platform text editor offers the features:

a. Code folding and expansion
b. On the Fly Syntax Checking
c. Support for many popular languages
d. Available on Windows, Linux and Mac

4. Coda:

This text editor is for Mac only. Its features are:

a. Syntax Highlighting
b. Line Numbering
c. Auto Completion
d. Clips feature to store code snippets automatically

5. Vim:

This is the default editor of most Linux distributions. It is termed as charityware. Its features are:

a. Efficient code optimization
b. Versatile and handy tool for Web Developers
c. Code Highlighting
d. Supports code for multiple languages
e. Available across other platforms like Mac and windows

6. TextMate:

This is a powerful text editor for Mac. Its features are:

a. Auto Completion of code, parenthesis and brackets
b. Runs shell commands from a document
c. Various themes available
d. Macros
e. Now available on Windows also

7. TotalEdit:

This free editor for Windows offers features like:

a. Syntax Highlighting
b. File Explorer
c. Spell Checker
d. External Tool integration
e. Customizable environment

8. Gedit:

This is the official editor for GNOME. Its features are:

a. Syntax Highlighting
b. Remote File Editing
c. File backups
d. Support for UTF-8 format
e. Plugins to customize your Gedit editor

9. Crimson Editor:

This editor is for small codes that take small loading times and are short in length. The features offered are:

a. Syntax Highlighting
b. Multiple document support
c. Spell checking
d. Find and replace
e. Macros

10. UltraEdit:

This text editor is based on Windows. Its features are:

a. Support for multiple languages
b. File management features
c. Find and Replace feature
d. Drag and Drop feature for prompt copying and replacing
e. File comparison utility

11. TextPad:

This is a general purpose editor that has the following features:

a. Multi Language spell checker
b. Automatic text completion
c. Macro Recording
d. Search Toolbar for literal text searching

12. NoteTab:

This is a handy HTML editor for Windows. Its features are:

a. Search and Replace feature
b. Tabbed interface
c. Easy formatting and editing for HTML documents
d. Highly Portable ( can be run from a USB stick)
e. Fast and Reliable

13. EditPlus:

This is a handy Windows based text editor that offers the following features:

a. Syntax Highlighting
b. Multiple Language Support
c. In built browser to preview your files
d. Auto Completion
e. Spell Checker

14. Nvu:

This open source and free software that is a simple WYSIWYG editor. Its features are:

a. Effective alternative to Dreamweaver and Expression Web
b. In built site manager and uploader
c. Simple tabbed interface

15. E-TextEditor:

This editor for Windows has the following features:

a. Keyboard Shortcuts
b. Automated Tasks to improve performance
c. Multiple Language Support
d. Personal Revision Controls
e. Customization of controls to suit your taste and needs

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Comments (15)

  1. Sandeep says:

    Great list. Almost all famous editors added in that list.

  2. DaveG says:

    Geany ( has been my goto editor for a while now. Excellent editor.

  3. Miguelgl says:

    Hey! I’m sadly missing Emacs (my personal #1). After all, you listed vim too.

  4. hohonuuli says:

    They left out both emacs and jEdit.

  5. Akshay says:

    emacs is good too..thanks for adding one more great editor to our list 🙂

  6. Boph says:

    Ain’t Emacs an IDE ? And they even left the vim plugins out…

    That said, should all features of Vim been detailed, the article would triple in length.

  7. AT says:

    What about Kate? It should be on the list.

  8. tom says:

    Really, TextMate is available on Windows now? Really?

  9. yousef says:

    Sublime Editor is missing, really nice editor, comparable to TextMate.

  10. Robert says:

    UltraEdit runs on Windows, Linux and now the Mac.

    I find it “funny” that Vim is there bu Emacs is not. I am not an Emacs fan but come one.

  11. Emacs outshines all other editing software in approximately the same way that the noonday sun does the stars. It is not just bigger and brighter; it simply makes everything else vanish. — Neal Stephenson

  12. benson says:

    I think emacs is the greatest,i don’t know what method you’ve used to rank but emacs is the greatest.

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