10 Most Popular Free Mac OS Text Editors For Web Developers And Programmers

Posted In Apple - By Yogesh Mankani On Friday, November 26th, 2010 With 16 Comments

Text Editors are always very useful for general tasks such as reading basic text files and taking notes sometimes. Every operating system is pre-loaded with a basic text editor like TextEdit for Mac and Notepad for windows. But both these text editors are far away from basic requirements that we need in them such as tabbed interface, replace or search functions.

But, now in this fast technology, you have the option to replace almost every single thing in your computer such is in the case of text editors. In this article, I am particularly emphasizing on free text editors for Mac OS X to add more functionality.

These best free Mac text editors will not only help you to do basic functions but also offers you multiple file format supports, compiler integration support, syntax highlighting etc. Also, stay tuned with us for compilation of free Windows text editors in some days.

And for now, have a look on ShareTheWarez compilation of 10 most popular free Mac OS text editors for web developers and programmers.

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1) XEmacs : XEmacs is a highly customizable open source text editor and application development system. It is protected under the GNU Public License and related to other versions of Emacs, in particular GNU Emacs. Its emphasis is on modern graphical user interface support and an open software development model, similar to Linux.


2) Bluefish : Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming languages like HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML,PHP, C, Javascript, Java, SQL, Perl, ColdFusion, JSP, Python, Ruby, and shell. It focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites.


3) Vim for Mac OS X : Vim is a highly configurable text editor, freely available for many different platforms. It supports tabs, full-screen editing, and transparent backgrounds. MacVim also has handy syntax highlighting to make editing/reading text files easier.

Vim for Mac OS X

4) jEdit : jEdit is a mature programmer’s text editor built in Java language.  jEdit beats many expensive development tools for features and ease of use, it is released as free software with full source code, provided under the terms of the GPL 2.0.


5) TextWrangler : TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator’s tool. TextWrangler is a popular text editor for Mac OS X from Bare Bones Software. It was commercial in it starting but become freeware to their famous editor, BBEdit.


6) MadEdit : MadEdit is an Open-Source and Cross-Platform Text/Hex Editor written in C++ and wxWidgets. MadEdit can edit files in Text/Column/Hex modes, and supports many useful functions, e.g. SyntaxHighlightings, WordWrap, Encodings.


7) Komodo Edit : Komodo Edit supports PHP, Python, Ruby, Perl and Tcl, plus JavaScript, CSS, HTML and template languages like RHTML, Template-Toolkit, HTML-Smarty and Django.Everything you’d expect from an editor based on the Komodo IDE, like autocomplete and calltips, multi-language file support, syntax coloring and syntax checking, Vi emulation, Emacs key bindings, and more.

Komodo Edit

8 ) NEdit : NEdit is a multi-purpose text editor for the X Window System, which combines a standard, easy to use, graphical user interface with the thorough functionality and stability required by users who edit text eight hours a day. It provides intensive support for development in a wide variety of languages, text processors, and other tools, but at the same time can be used productively by just about anyone who needs to edit text.


9) Eddie : Eddie is a programmers editor for MacOSX and Gnome Linux. Inspired by the Macintosh Programmer’s Workshop, Eddie brings some of it’s powerful features into a modern lightweight and capable programmer’s editor.  The Worksheet in Eddie is a full-featured shell that combines the power of bash and the ease of editing in a normal text window-like mode. Eddie is equally capable at editing HTML, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Lua and many other languages.


10) Kile : Kile is a user friendly TeX/LaTeX editor for the KDE desktop environment. KDE is available for many architectures such as PC, Mac, and BSD.


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  3. Bill says:

    What about smultron?

  4. Ben Tortora says:

    Have you had a look at Smultron? I have used that for a while now and really happy with how it performs!

  5. techwench says:

    great useful stuff

  6. I use Sub Etha Edit, very good product too ! :o )

  7. GTA 5 says:

    Great list of the best mac os text editors! Thanks a lot for sharing with us :)

  8. Great list! Personally I use Aptana Studio, wich I think is a great tool too.


  9. [...] You can look for a text editor for MacOS that’s a little less tenacious in insisting on saving files in formats it thinks are good for you, but which don’t work terrribly well for saving HTML markup files. Under this heading, you’ll want to consult this article entitled “10 Most Popular Free Mac OS Text Editors for Web Developers and Programmers.” [...]

  10. Fiyatları says:

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