List of text editors

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The following is a list of text editors. For a list of outliners, see that article's external links.

Graphical and text user interface[edit]

The following editors can either be used with a Graphical user interface or a Text user interface.

Name Description Free Software
Extensible Versatile Editor (EVE) Default under OpenVMS ?
Aquamacs Emacs A distribution of GNU Emacs heavily modified to behave like a Mac program. Yes
Cream A configuration of Vim. Yes
Elvis A vi/ex clone with additional commands and features Yes
GNU Emacs/XEmacs two long-existing forks of the popular Emacs programmer's editor. Emacs and vi are the dominant text editors on Unix-like operating systems, and have inspired the editor wars. Yes
Language-Sensitive Editor (LSE) Programmer's Editor for OpenVMS implemented using TPU. Yes
Textadept A modular, cross-platform editor written in C and Lua, using Scintilla[1] Yes
vile (vi like Emacs) A vi work-alike which retains the vi command-set while adding new features: multiple windows and buffers, infinite undo, colorization, scriptable expansion capabilities, etc. Yes
vim vim is a clone based on the ideas of the vi editor and designed for use both from a command line interface and in a graphical user interface Yes
Yi editor Yes

Graphical user interface[edit]

Name Description License
E (E.EXE) default under IBM OS/2 versions 2-4[citation needed] Proprietary
gedit default under GNOME[2] Free software
Leafpad default under LXDE[3] and Xfce[4] Free software
Mousepad previously the default under Xfce[5] Free software
Notepad default under Microsoft Windows Proprietary
SimpleText default under Classic Mac OS from version 7.5[6] Proprietary
TeachText default under Classic Mac OS versions prior to 7.5[7] Proprietary
TextEdit default under Mac OS X,[8] NeXTSTEP[citation needed], and GNUstep[citation needed] Free software
XEDIT default under VM/CMS Proprietary
Acme A User Interface for Programmers by Rob Pike Free software
AkelPad Еditor for plain text. It is designed to be a small and fast. Many plugins. Free software
Atom A modular, general-purpose editor built using HTML, CSS and JavaScript on top of Chromium and Node.js Free software
Arachnophilia Free software
Bluefish Web development editor Free software
Brackets A modular, web-oriented editor built using HTML, CSS and JavaScript on top of the Chromium Embedded Framework Free software
ConTEXT Free software
Crimson Editor Free software
Geany fast and lightweight editor / IDE, uses GTK+ Free software
J Text editor written in Java, part of the ArmedBear Common Lisp (ABCL) project Free software
jEdit free cross-platform programmer's editor written in Java, GPL licensed Free software
JOVE Jonathan's Own Version of Emacs Free software
JuffEd lightweight text editor written in Qt4 Free software
Kate basic text editor for the KDE desktop Free software
Kile User friendly TeX/LaTeX editor Free software
Kod Mac OS-X only, TextMate-like Free software
KWrite default editor on KDE Free software
Lapis an experimental text editor allowing multiple simultaneous edits of text in a multiple selection from a few examples provided by the user. Free software
Leo a text editor that features outlines with clones as its central tool of organization and navigation Free software
Light Table a text editor and IDE with real-time, inline expression evaluation. Intended mainly for dynamic languages such as Clojure, Python and JavaScript, and for web development Free software
MadEdit free cross-platform editor written in wxWidgets Free software
mcedit text editor provided with Midnight Commander Free software
Metapad Windows Notepad replacement, GPL licensed Free software
MicroEMACS Free software
NEdit – "Nirvana Editor" Free software
Notepad++ a tabbed text editor Free software
Notepad2 Free software
Pe a text editor for BeOS Free software
Programmer's Notepad Free software
RText Free software
Sam Free software
SciTE Free software
TeXnicCenter Free software
TeXShop TeX/LaTeX editor and previewer Free software
TextMate Free software
The Hessling Editor Free software
UniRed Windows text editor supporting many encodings Free software
X11 Xedit Free software
Yudit Free software
BBEdit Lite Freeware
Eddie editor originally made for BeOS and later ported to Linux and Mac OS X. Freeware
HxD for huge text files Freeware
Komodo Edit Free software
LEdLaTeX Editor Freeware
NoteTab Light Freeware
Programmer's File Editor (PFE) Freeware
PSPad editor for Microsoft Windows with various programming environments Freeware
RJ TextEd Freeware
Q10 Full screen text editor (Windows) Freeware
TED Notepad Freeware
TextWrangler Freeware
HTML Kit Freeware
Alphatk Proprietary
BBEdit Proprietary
CodeWright Proprietary
GoldED (text editor of Cubic IDE) Proprietary
CygnusEd (CED) Proprietary
E Text Editor Proprietary
EditPlus editor with syntax highlighting and FTP Proprietary
EmEditor Proprietary
Epsilon Proprietary
GWD Text Editor Proprietary
iA Writer Proprietary
Inlage LaTeX Editor Proprietary
Kedit editor with commands and Rexx macros similar to IBM XEDIT Proprietary
NoteTab Proprietary
Peppermint an editor with a CoffeeScript/JavaScript API Proprietary
PolyEdit Proprietary
skEdit (formerly called skHTML) Proprietary
SlickEdit Proprietary
Smultron a Mac OS X text editor Proprietary
Source Insight Proprietary
SubEthaEdit (formerly called Hydra) Proprietary
Sublime Text Proprietary
Tex-Edit Plus Proprietary
TextPad and Wildedit Proprietary
The SemWare Editor (TSE) (formerly called QEdit) Proprietary
Tincta / Tincta Pro (Mac OS X) Proprietary
TopStyle Proprietary
UltraEdit Proprietary
Ulysses Proprietary
VEDIT Proprietary
WinEdt Proprietary
Zed designed to reduce cognitive load using a minimal UI and advanced file handling. Built using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and available as either an addon to Chrome or a standalone Node.js-based program[9] Free software

Text user interface[edit]

System default[edit]

Command Description License
E is the text editor in PC DOS 7 and PC DOS 2000. Proprietary
ed is the default line editor on Unix since the birth of Unix. Either ed or a compatible editor is available on all systems labeled as Unix (not by default on every one) Free software
ED is the default editor on CP/M, MP/M, Concurrent CP/M, CP/M-86, MP/M-86, Concurrent CP/M-86. Free software
EDIT is the default on MS-DOS 5.0 and higher and is included with all 32-bit versions of Windows that do not rely on a separate copy of DOS. Up to including MS-DOS 6.22, it only supported files up to 64 KB. Proprietary
EDIT is the text editor in DR DOS 6.0, Novell DOS 7, OpenDOS 7.01, DR-DOS 7.02 and higher. Supports large files for as long as swap space is available. Version 7 and higher optionally supports a pseudo-graphics user interface named NewUI. Proprietary
EDIX is the text editor in Concurrent DOS, Concurrent DOS XM, Concurrent PC DOS, Concurrent DOS 386, FlexOS 286, FlexOS 386, 4680 OS, 4690 OS, S5-DOS/MT. Proprietary
EDITOR is the text editor in DR DOS 3.31 through DR DOS 5.0, and the predecessor of EDIT. Proprietary
EDLIN is a command-line based line editor introduced with 86-DOS, and the default on MS-DOS prior to version 5 and is also available on MS-DOS 5.0 and Windows NT. Proprietary
ee stands for Easy Editor, is part of the base system of FreeBSD, along with vi.[10] Free software
nvi (installed as vi by default in BSD operating systems and some Linux distributions) – A free replacement for the original vi which maintains compatibility while adding some new features. Free software
vi is the default for Unix systems and must be included in all POSIX compliant systems[11] – One of the earliest screen-based editors, it is based on ex. Free software

Others[edit]

Command Description License
Diakonos a customizable, usable console-based text editor. Free software
Emacs A screen-based editor with an embedded computer language, Emacs Lisp. Early versions were implemented in TECO, see below. Free software
JED Free software
JOE A modern screen-based editor with a sort of enhanced-WordStar style to the interface, but can also emulate Pico. Free software
LE Free software
mcedit Full featured terminal text editor for Unix-like systems. Free software
MinEd Text editor with user-friendly interface, mouse and menu control, and extensive Unicode and CJK support; for Unix/Linux and Windows/DOS. Free software
Nano A clone of Pico GPL licensed. Free software
ne a minimal, modern replacement for vi. Free software
SETEDIT a clone of the editor of Borland's Turbo* IDEs Free software
vim is a clone based on the ideas of the vi editor and designed for use both from a command line interface and in a graphical user interface Free software
Zile Free software
Pico Freeware
The SemWare Editor (TSE for DOS) (formerly called QEdit) Proprietary

No user interface (editor libraries/toolkits)[edit]

Name Description License
Scintilla (editing component) is used as the core of several text editors. Free software
Text Processing Utility (TPU) language and runtime package, developed by DEC, used to implement the Language-Sensitive Editor and Extensible Versatile Editor, Eve. Proprietary

ASCII and ANSI art[edit]

Editors that are specifically designed for the creation of ASCII and ANSI text art.

  • ACiDDraw – Designed for editing ASCII text art. Supports ANSI color (ANSI X3.64).
  • PabloDraw – ANSI/ASCII editor allowing multiple users to edit via TCP/IP network connections.
  • TheDrawANSI/ASCII text editor for DOS and PCBoard file format support.

ASCII font editors[edit]

  • FIGlet – For creating ASCII art text.
  • TheDraw – ANSI/ASCII text editor with built-in editor and manager of ASCII fonts.

Collaborative[edit]

Historical[edit]

Visual and full-screen editors[edit]

  • Brief – A very popular programmer's editor for DOS and OS/2.
  • Edit application – A programmer's editor for Classic Mac OS.
  • EDIT – A menu-based editor introduced to supersede EDLIN in MS-DOS version 5.0 and up. Still available under Microsoft Windows, but seldom used.
  • EDT – A character based editor used on DEC PDP-11s and VAXen.
  • O26 – written for the operator console of the CDC 6000 series machines in the mid-1960s
  • Red – A VAX/VMS editor, written in Forth variant STOIC.
  • se – An early screen-based editor for Unix.
  • SED – Cross-platform editor from the 1980s, ran on TOPS-10, TOPS-20 and VMS.
  • STET (the 'STructured Editing Tool') – may have been the first folding editor; its first version was written in 1977.
  • TeachText
  • TECO – One of the most advanced character-based editors, which included a programming language. While usually described as a line editor, it included screen editing capabilities at least as early as 1965.

Line editors[edit]

  • Colossal Typewriter – An early editor thought to be written for the PDP-1
  • ed – (1) Unix's early line editor, (2) CP/M's line editor.
  • EDLIN – A line editor delivered with MS-DOS.
  • ex – An EXtended version of Unix's ed, later evolved into the visual editor vi.
  • GEDIT (aka George 3 EDITor) is a TECO-like editor including a programming language for the GEC 4000 series computers. GEDIT was originally written by David Toll of Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory, and then adopted by GEC Computers for OS4000.
  • sed – A non-interactive programmable stream editor available in Unix.
  • TECO – One of the most advanced character-based editors, which included a programming language.
  • TEDIT – GEC 4000 series editor based on the Cambridge Titan EDIT
  • QED

Notes[edit]

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