Free Text Editors

TOP 5 Free Text Editors for Developers

Many of us still remember the days when the old and worthy notepad acted as a tool sufficient to write a web page. In those days, it took many hours to write and improve your code. Many times, finding a mistake was as time-consuming as running a marathon. Fortunately those days have long gone.

Nowadays the market offers many different free text editors to use, which make our job much easier and significantly reduce the amount of mistakes that can occur. They are suggesting what should be written, automatically close tags, so everything can go smoothly when it comes to the working process.

Furthermore , most of them have user friendly interfaces, the written code is being shown in different colours. They are also adjusted to support numerous programming languages and detect our errors and typos automatically. Sort of like programmers’ paradise.

We can find hundreds on the market, maybe even thousands of text editors like that. Obviously some of them are better than others. Next, I will present you a list of simple to use free text editors, which are worthy to take into consideration.



SublimeText is a compact and multiplatform text editor which is widely functional. It is designed mostly for the type of programmers who highly value a simple and comfortable tool of work.

Sublime Free Text Editor

Screenshot from Sublime Editor

SublimeText was created for Windows, Linux an OSX systems. It posses a very large amount of built-in functions and a large library of various additions as well:

  • Preview of the entire code with built-in scroll function.
  • Card mechanism, that allows working on various files at the same time.
  • Possibility of simultaneously marking many lines of code and making alterations in multiple markings at the same time.
  • Colouring syntax of programming languages such as C, C++, C#, CSS, D, Erland, HTML, Groovy, Haskell, Java, JavaScript, LaTeX, Lisp, Lua, Markdown, Matlab, OCaml, Perl, PHP, Python, R, Ruby, SQL, Tcl, XML.
  • Small graphical preview of the entire content of an open file.

Although SublimeText is not free, it is available to use in a free trial version and can be tested without a time limit.



Brackets is one of the most modern free text editors. It is created by Adobe, who shares it for free on the basis of open source.

We could briefly write about Brackets the following: it is easy to use, works very fast and creates a  comfortable work environment with not only simple, but also more developed projects. Brackets contains a simple project manager that allows work in one window with multiple files containing source code.

Brackets offers mechanisms for syntax colouring of the most popular programming languages, prompting code yet to be written and parameters yet to be settled, automatically closing of the brackets, and many more functions allowing to adjust the appearance of the editor.

One of the biggest advantages of Bracket is that it can be used on Windows, Linux and Mac OS. It is probably the best free text editor available on the market.



Notepad++ is probably the most popular free text editor for programmers. At first, it seems to be a very simple notepad; however it contains a whole lot of interesting functions, that can be further expanded by installing additions. Similarly to SublimeText, Notepad++ possesses a big amount of additional graphic schemes.

Notepad++ Free Text Editor

Screenshot from Notepad++,  free text editor

The application is written in C++, clear Win32 Api and STL, and because of that it works more effective (the  file size is very small).

The program supports the following languages: C, C++, Java, C#, XML, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, RC resource file, makefile, ASCII , doxygen, pliki INI, BATCH files, ASP, VB/VBS source files, SQL, Objective-C, CSS, Pascal, Perl, Python, Lua, TCL, Assembler, Ruby, Lisp, Scheme, Properties, Diff, Smalltalk, Postscript i VHDL.

The main benefits of Notepad++ are the very good tag highlighting, the lack of necessity to  install additions, and the ability to fold the code. Unfortunately the huge defect of Notepad++ is that in can only be supported on Windows.


VIM Free Text Editor

VIM is a multi-platform clone of the text editor VI, wrote by the Dutch programmer Baum Moolenar. VIM belongs to the group of free software programs with open source code. The first version had been published in 1991.

VIM is probably the most popular free text editor for Linux users, yet it is also available on Windows platforms as gVIM.

This editor possesses practically unlimited functionality. VIM allows simultaneous edition on various windows, withdrawal up to the thousand latest done operations and withdrawal to optional point of time living of the file.

VIM also possesses commands allowing automatic reactions on current circumstances (autocommands), for example – automatic decompression of a file. The macro form also makes possible the recording an edition process. The program contains an internal script language, so it is easy to add new functions.

VIM was designed for  users that are a little bit more experienced, because working with it requires getting familiar with of its many functions. First interaction can be viewed as hard, since the editor doesn’t prompt the user what should be done.



TextPad is a large free text editor that is suitable for general purposes. It is easy to use in addition to having all of the features normally required by advanced users. TextPad is useful for programmers, webmasters and usual users. The application checks spelling in 10 different languages.

Textpad Free Text Editor

Screenshot from Textpad, free text editor

TextPad is designed to be fast and functional even when it comes to the most refined editorial needs. It works in the environment of 16 and 32 bit Windows. Large files are supported regardless of their edition – you just have to choose one that will work more effective on your computer.

It possesses complex configuration options, rich library of insets with prepared codes and supports many code sites. It can also highlight the syntax of many languages, and every one of them could be viewed in four preview windows. It also features functions for sorting, searching and exchanging tools as well.

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