Although, Windows and Mac OS have own pre-installed program for opening and editing text files, however, programmer and web developer like to use the third-party text editor applications. Because neither are quite as powerful as the third-party application and there are so many options available for free of charge out there.
Most of text editor in the market need to be downloaded and installed on your computer, but all of them comes with own unique set of features, so they are worth installing. In this article, we will show you some of the best free text editors available for Windows and Mac platform.
Atom is the totally free text editor for cross-platform including OS X, Windows, and Linux. Atom helps you write code faster with a smart and flexible autocomplete. It allows you to split Atom interface into multiple panes and woks on them. It comes with a powerful feature set including a built-in package manager, file system browser, and searching and replacing. Atom is open source software, you can add new features and functionality from open source packages to extend the impressive feature set. Additionally, you can install themes created by you or the Atom community if the pre-installed theme doesn’t suite your requirement.
3.Brackets Text Editor
Brackets is a lightweight and powerful text editor available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Brackets supports to highlight syntax, split the screen and let you work on multiple document simultaneously. You can enable the Live Preview option to instantly see the page updating on screen in real time while making changes to the files. Also, you can open multiple files from one project on the Working Files area and move fast between them without leaving Brackets. Brackets is an open source software, so plenty of extensions can be installed and integrated with Brackets to make it more powerful.
Vim is a free and advanced text editor for efficiently creating and changing any kind of text. It is available for all the major desktop platform including Windows, Mac, and Linux as well as iOS and Android. It supports for hundreds of programming languages and file formats. Also, Vim benefits from open source software and install numerous plugins to extend the already-impressive feature set.
Bluefish is a lightweight and powerful text editor targeted towards programmers and web developers. It is a multi-platform application available for Windows, Linux, and Mac. Bluefish starts very fast and loads dozen of files within seconds. It supports for multiple document interface and easily opens 500+ documents simultaneously (According to documentation). Also, it has an unlimited undo/redo functionality and a powerful abilities of search and replace as well as auto-recovery changes after a crash or shutdown. Additionally, it can integrate external program and filter.
The aforesaid text editors are free and most popular application, and most of all are available for the major desktop platform. They come with own unique feature set for creating and editing text file and have covered the different audience because of targeting the different customers.
We outlined briefly some best free text editors, if there are other text editors which is worth listing in this post, please let us know in the comment section.