Comparison of text editors

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This article provides basic comparisons for notable text editors. More feature details for text editors are available from the Category of text editor features and from the individual products' articles. This article may not be up-to-date or necessarily all-inclusive.

Feature comparisons are made between stable versions of software, not the upcoming versions or beta releases – and are exclusive of any add-ons, extensions or external programs (unless specified in footnotes).

Overview[edit]

Operating system support[edit]

This section lists the operating systems that different editors can run on. Some editors run on additional operating systems that are not listed.

Cross-platform[edit]

Text editor support for various operating systems
Microsoft Windows macOS Linux BSD Unix OpenVMS
Acme Partial
[c]
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
AkelPad Yes No No No No No
Alphatk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Atom Yes Yes Yes No No No
Arachnophilia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
BBEdit No Yes No No No No
Bluefish Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brackets Yes Yes Yes No No No
Coda No Yes No No No No
ConTEXT Yes No No No No No
Crimson Editor Yes No No No No No
CudaText Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
ed Partial
[d]
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Editra Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
EmEditor Yes No No No No No
epsilon Yes Yes
[48]
Yes Yes Yes No
Geany Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
gedit Yes Yes
[e]
Yes Yes Yes No
GNU Emacs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
JED Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
jEdit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
JOE Yes[dubious ] Yes Yes Yes Yes No
JOVE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Kate Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
KEDIT Yes No No No No No
Komodo Edit Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Komodo IDE Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
KWrite Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
LE Partial
[d]
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Light Table Yes Yes Yes No No No
Metapad Yes No No No No No
mg No Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
MinEd Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GNU nano Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
ne Partial
[d]
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
NEdit Partial
[d]
Yes
[f]
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Notepad Yes No No No No No
Notepad++ Yes No No No No No
nvi No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Pico Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PSPad Yes No No No No No
RJ TextEd Yes No No No No No
Sam Partial
[c]
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
SciTE Yes Yes
[f]
Yes Yes Yes No
SlickEdit Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Smultron No Yes No No No No
Source Insight Yes No No No No No
SubEthaEdit No Yes No No No No
Sublime Text Yes Yes Yes No No No
TED Notepad Yes No No No No No
Textadept Yes Yes Yes No No No
TextEdit No Yes No No No No
TextMate No Yes No No No No
TextPad Yes No No No No No
TextWrangler No Yes No No No No
The SemWare Editor Yes No No No No No
UltraEdit Yes Yes Yes No No No
Ulysses (text editor) No Yes No No No No
vi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vim Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Visual Studio Code Yes Yes Yes No No No
XEmacs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
XNEdit Partial
[d][g]
Yes
[f]
Yes Yes Yes No
Microsoft Windows macOS Linux BSD Unix OpenVMS

Natural language (localization)[edit]

Available languages for the UI
Languages supported
Acme English
AkelPad English, German, French, Polish, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish
Alphatk English
Atom English
BBEdit English
Brackets English, German, French, Polish(Outdated), Korean, Japanese, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish(Outdated)
Coda English, German, French, Spanish
ConTEXT English, German, French, Polish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish
Crimson Editor English
CudaText Main: English. Addons: Japanese, French, Polish, Korean, Hungarian (2018), Greek, German (2017), and 9 others
ed
Editra English, German, French, Polish, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
EmEditor English, German, French, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Spanish
epsilon English
Geany English, German, French, Polish, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Hindi
gedit English, German, French, Polish, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Hindi
GNU Emacs English
JED English
jEdit English
JOE[49] English, German, French
JOVE English
Kate[50] English, German, French, Polish, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
KEDIT English
Komodo Edit English
KWrite English, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish
Metapad[51] English, German, French, Polish, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
mined English
MS-DOS Editor English, German, French, Polish, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Nano English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese
NEdit English
Notepad English, German, French, Polish, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Hindi
Notepad++ English, German, French, Polish, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Hindi
nvi English
Pico English, Italian
PolyEdit English
PSPad English, German, French, Polish, Japanese, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
RJ TextEd English, German, French, Polish, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Sam English
SciTE[52] English, German, French (Outdated (1.72)), Polish, Japanese (Outdated (1.62)), Italian, Dutch (Outdated (1.67)), Portuguese (Outdated (1.63)), Spanish, Swedish
SlickEdit English
Smultron English, German, French, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish
Source Insight English
SubEthaEdit English
TED Notepad English
TextEdit English, German, French, Polish, Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
TextMate English
TextPad English, German, French, Polish (Outdated (4.7.3)), Japanese, Italian(Outdated (4.7.3)), Dutch (Outdated (4.7.3)), Spanish (Outdated (4.7.3)), Portuguese (Outdated (4.7.3))
TextWrangler English
The SemWare Editor English
UltraEdit English, German, French, Korean, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese
VEDIT English
vi English
Vim Afrikaans, Catalan, Chinese(Simplified), Chinese(Taiwan), Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, English(UK), English(US), Esperanto, Finnish, French, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Norwegian(Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese(Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Visual Studio Code English, Bulgarian, Chinese, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
XEmacs English
XNEdit English

Document interface[edit]

Text editor support for common document interfaces
Multiple instances Single document window splitting MDI: overlappable windows MDI: tabbed document interface MDI: window splitting
Acme Yes Yes No No Yes
AkelPad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alphatk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Atom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
BBEdit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluefish Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Brackets No No No Yes Yes
Coda Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ConTEXT Yes No Yes Yes No
Crimson Editor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CudaText Yes Yes No Yes Yes
ed Yes No No No No
Editra Yes Yes ? Yes ?
EmEditor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geany Yes Yes
Plug‑in
No Yes No
gedit Yes Yes
Plug‑in[h]
Yes Yes Yes
Plug‑in[i]
GNU Emacs Yes Yes Yes Yes
[j][k]
Yes
JED Yes Yes No No Yes
jEdit Yes Yes No Yes Yes
JOE Yes Yes No No
[l]
Yes
JOVE Yes Yes No No Yes
Kate Yes Yes No Yes Yes
KEDIT Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Komodo Edit Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Komodo IDE Yes Yes No Yes Yes
KWrite Yes No No No No
LE Yes No No No No
Light Table Yes No No Yes Yes
Metapad Yes No No No No
mined Yes No No
[m]
Yes No
MS-DOS Editor Yes Yes No No Yes
Nano Yes No No No No
NEdit Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Notepad Yes No No Yes No
Notepad++ Yes Yes No Yes Yes
2 windows
nvi Yes Yes No No Yes
Pico Yes No No No No
PolyEdit No No Yes Yes Yes
PSPad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RJ TextEd Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sam Yes No Yes No No
SciTE Yes No No Yes
[n]
No
SlickEdit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Smultron Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Source Insight Yes Yes Yes No No
SubEthaEdit Yes Yes No Yes No
TED Notepad ? ? ? No ?
TextEdit Yes No No No No
TextMate Yes No No Yes No
TextPad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TextWrangler Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
The SemWare Editor Yes Yes No No Yes
UltraEdit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
VEDIT Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
vi Yes No No No No
Vim Yes Yes Yes
[o]
Yes
[p]
Yes
Visual Studio Code Yes Yes No Yes Yes
XEmacs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
XNEdit Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Multiple instances Single document window splitting MDI: overlappable windows MDI: tabbed document interface MDI: window splitting

Notes[edit]

  • Multiple instances: multiple instances of the program can be opened simultaneously for editing multiple files. Applies both for single document interface (SDI) and multiple document interface (MDI) programs. Also applies for program that has a user interface that looks like multiple instances of the same program (such as some versions of Microsoft Word).
  • Single document window splitting: window can be split to simultaneously view different areas of a file.
  • MDI: Overlappable windows: each opened document gets its own fully movable window inside the editor environment.
  • MDI: Tabbed document interface: multiple documents can be viewed as tabs in a single window.
  • MDI: Window splitting: splitting application window to show multiple documents (non-overlapping windows).

Basic features[edit]

Text editor support for basic editing features
Spell checking Regex-based find & replace Encoding conversion Newline conversion Multiple undo/redo Rectangular block selection Virtual space support
Acme Yes
external[q]
Yes Yes Yes Yes No ?
AkelPad Yes
Plug‑in
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Alphatk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Atom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plug‑in
No
BBEdit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Bluefish Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No ?
Brackets Yes
Plug‑in
Yes Yes
Plug‑in
No Yes Yes ?
Coda Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
ConTEXT No Partial
[r]
Partial
[s]
Yes Yes Yes ?
Crimson Editor Yes
Instant/live (like Firefox)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
CudaText No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
ed No Yes No No No No ?
Editra Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes ?
EmEditor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geany Yes
Plug‑in[t]
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[54]
gedit Yes
[u]
Yes
Plug‑in[v]
Yes Yes Yes plug‑in
[55]
?
GNU Emacs Yes
Plug‑in[w]
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[56]
JED Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
jEdit Yes
Plug‑in[x]
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[57]
JOE Yes
Plug‑in[y]
Partial
[z]
No
[aa]
Yes Yes Yes ?
JOVE Yes Yes No No Yes Yes ?
Kate Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
KEDIT No Yes No Yes Yes Yes ?
Komodo Edit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?[ab]
Komodo IDE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?[ac]
KWrite Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
LE No Yes No
[ad]
Yes Yes Yes ?
Light Table Yes
Plug‑in[58]
? No No Yes ? ?
Metapad Partial
[ae]
No Yes Yes Yes No ?
mg No Yes
[59]
No Partial Yes
[59]
No ?
MinEd No Yes
[af]
Yes
[ag]
Yes
[ah]
No Yes ?
MS-DOS Editor No No No Yes No No Yes
Nano Yes Yes No Yes Yes No ?
Spell checking Regex-based find & replace Encoding conversion Newline conversion Multiple undo/redo Rectangular block selection Virtual Space Support
ne No Yes No No Yes Yes ?
NEdit Yes
Plug‑in[60]
Yes No Yes Yes Yes ?
Notepad No No Partial Partial Yes No ?
Notepad++ Yes
[61]
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
nvi No Yes No No Yes ? ?
Pico Yes No No No No No ?
PolyEdit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
PSPad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
RJ TextEd Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Sam No Yes No No Yes No ?
SciTE No Limited
[ai]
No Yes Yes Yes ?
SlickEdit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[62]
Smultron Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Source Insight No Yes No Yes Yes Yes ?
SubEthaEdit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
[63]
?
Sublime Text Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[64]
TED Notepad No No No Yes Yes No ?
TextEdit Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
TextMate Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Yes ?
TextPad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
TextWrangler Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
The SemWare Editor Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes ?
UltraEdit Yes Limited
[aj]
Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
VEDIT Yes
[ak]
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
vi No Yes No No No No ?
Vim Yes
[al]
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[66]
Visual Studio Code Yes
Plug‑in
Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited
[am]
No[67]
XEmacs Yes
Plug‑in[w]
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
XNedit Yes
Plug‑in[60]
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Spell checking Regex-based find & replace Encoding conversion Newline conversion Multiple undo/redo Rectangular block selection Virtual Space Support

Programming features[edit]

Text editor support for programming features (see source code editor)
Syntax highlighting Function list Symbol database
(ctags or equiv.)
Brace matching Auto indentation Auto completion Code folding Text folding Compiler integration
Acme No Yes
external[q]
Yes
external[q]
Yes Yes Partial
[an]
No No Yes
external[q]
AkelPad Yes
Plug‑in
Yes
Plug‑in
Yes
Plug‑in
Yes
Plug‑in
Yes Yes
Plug‑in
Yes
Plug‑in
No Yes
Plug‑in
Alphatk Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Atom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plug‑in
BBEdit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluefish Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
[ao]
Brackets Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plug‑in
Coda Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
ConTEXT Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Crimson Editor Yes No Partial
[ap]
Yes Yes No No No Yes
CudaText Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plug‑in
Yes Yes
Plug‑in
Yes Yes Yes
Plug‑in
ed No No No No No No No No Yes
external[aq]
Editra Yes ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes ? ?
EmEditor Yes Yes
Plug‑in
Yes
Plug‑in
Yes Yes Yes
Plug‑in[ar]
Yes Yes Yes
Geany Yes Yes Yes
[as]
Yes Yes Yes Partial No Yes
gedit Yes Yes
Plug‑in
Yes
Plug‑in
Yes Yes Yes
Plug‑in
No Yes
Plug‑in[at]
Yes
[au]
GNU Emacs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
JED Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
jEdit Yes Yes
Plug‑in
Yes
Plug‑in
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plug‑in
JOE Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ? No No Yes
JOVE No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes
Kate Yes Yes
Plug‑in
Yes
Plug‑in
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plug‑in
KEDIT Yes No Yes
Macro
Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Komodo Edit Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Komodo IDE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
KWrite Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
LE Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No
[av]
Light Table Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No Partial
[aw]
Metapad No No No No Yes No No No No
mined Yes
[ax]
? Yes Yes Yes