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18 Free Code Editors for Web Developers

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Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License. Notepad++ is  my personal favorite as it’s light, fast and has many great features. I use it daily.

Notepad++ Free Code Editor

Atom is a handy small-footprint source code editor that the creators claim is “fully hackable”. This free code editor is targeted at Windows users only, but Mac users will be pleased to know there is a Mac version too. Atom is constantly updated so it is a great free code editor to get hooked on. Some of its features include:

  • Built-in package manager
  • Intelligent auto-complete feature.
  • File system browser
  • Find and replace in all open files
  • Ability to split file editing into more than 1 pane.

Atom free code editor

jEdit is a mature programmer’s text editor. While 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.

This free code editor has many great features such as: syntax highlighting, text clips for simple text insertion, code folding / outlining, flexible regular expression support, code navigation using Ctags, projects for navigating large code bases, extend using Python or C++, and more.

Programmer's Notepad Free Code Editor

ConTEXT is a small, fast and powerful freeware text editor, developed to serve as a secondary tool for software developers.

ConTEXT Free Code Editing Tool


Editra is a multi-platform text editor with an implementation that focuses on creating an easy to use interface and features that aid in code development. Currently it supports syntax highlighting and variety of other useful features for over 60 programming languages.

RJ TextEd is a full featured text and source editor with Unicode support. It is also a very powerful web (PHP, ASP, JavaScript, HTML and CSS) development editor.

UltraEdit is the ideal text, HTML and hex editor, and an advanced PHP, Perl, Java and JavaScript editor for programmers. UltraEdit is also an XML editor including a tree-style XML parser.

UltraEdit free code editor


BBEdit by Bare Bones Software is a powerful notepad replacement and both an HTML and text editor. Packed full of features to help everyone from office workers, journalists through to programmers and web site editors. It is only for Mac users though, so if you’re on Windows, you may want to look elsewhere.

HippoEDIT is a powerful, fast and easy to use Windows text editor, primarily targeted at power users and programmers. It has modern and lightweight user interface.

HippoEDIT Free Coding Tools

Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor ‘Vi’, with a more complete feature set.

Whether you simply need a powerful replacement for Notepad, a tool for editing your web pages, or a programming IDE, TextPad does what you want, the way you would expect.

EditPlus is a text editor, HTML editor, PHP editor, Java editor and Hex Viewer for Windows. While it can serve as a good Notepad replacement, it also offers many powerful features for Web page authors and programmers.

EditPlus Free Code Editing Software

Source Edit is an editor especially made for developers but can of course be used as a regular text editor as well. It natively supports the following languages: ASP, PHP, Java, C/C++, C#, Visual Basic, Pascal, Perl, Cold Fusion, SQL, HTML, CSS, XML.

PSPad is a freeware programmer’s editor for Microsoft Windows operating systems. PSPad is free for commercial and government purposes too.

Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. You’ll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance.

Sublime Text Free Code Editors

GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. It has content-sensitive editing modes, including syntax coloring, for a variety of file types including plain text, source code, and HTML and many other useful features.

Emacs Free Code Editor

Coda is a professional source code editor for Mac users. This program is not only fast in loading time, but also small in size. You can download it for free but they do require you to purchase a license for $99 after a while. Some of its features include:

  • Touch Bar – allows you to go back and forth between edit and preview mode and in general speeds up your editing speed.
  • Lightning fast – Code developers claim this code editor is four to ten times faster than others. You be the judge.
  • Local indexing – Coda’s intelligent auto-complete features help you update classes and variables site-wide.
  • Live CSS Override  – You can modify your website’s CSS directly from Coda’s preview tab.
  • Password Sync – allows you to sync all of your passwords across all of your Mac devices.

Coda free code editor

Iggy is an entrepreneur, blogger, and designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques, collating creative website designs, and writing about the latest design fonts, themes, plugins, inspiration, and more. You can follow him on Twitter

6 thoughts on “18 Free Code Editors for Web Developers”

  1. I used to code a long time with Codelobster! Its fantastic.
    Other preferred is Sublime Text 3 very lightweight.
    Atom is good, but, is the most heavyweight
    PSPad Portable is a great tool to carry on with your pen-drive.
    Visual Studio Code seems to be good. I will try.
    Anyone has tried Code9, a cloud editor?

  2. Another one to add to your list is Visual Studio Code. It’s on Mac, Windows and Linux. The number of plug-ins has been increasing like crazy.

  3. Hi Iggy, you forgot brackets which is also free, I have been using it for many years and to me it’s the best Code Editor and it’s totally free. Oh and about SublimeText, it’s free but you always get a pop up to purchase which can be very annoying?

    I love what you do Iggy, keep up the good work!


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