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Kod with multiple tabs open
Kod with multiple tabs open
Original author(s) Rasmus Andersson
Initial release 2010; 7 years ago (2010)
Development status Discontinued[1]
Operating system OS X
Available in 65 languages[2]
Type Text editor
License Modified MIT license

Kod (which means "code", including the source code, in Swedish) is a text editor for Mac OS X. Written by Rasmus Andersson, a Facebook designer,[3] Kod is designed to be fitted specifically to Mac OS X's architecture.[4]

Often likened to a less feature-rich version of TextMate,[5] Kod is unique among OS X-only text editors in its use of tabs ported from Chromium which can be torn off into new windows.[6]

Kod supports syntax highlighting for more than 65 programming languages.[2] It is also notable for its integrated scripting environment based on Node.js, as well as the ability to theme the application through CSS3.[4]

Kod is free, but is released under a modified MIT License which adds the following clause:[7]

The Software and/or source code cannot be copied in whole and sold without meaningful modification for a profit.

In 2012, the project's founder declared he no longer used or was working on Kod, and recommended Sublime Text 2 as an alternative.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Is Kod still alive?, 2012-10-19 
  2. ^ a b "The Best Programming Text Editor for Mac". Lifehacker. July 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rasmus Andersson. "Why I Wrote a Programmer's Text Editor". rsms.me. 
  4. ^ a b "Kod: CSS3 themable, Node.js powered editor for OS X". The Changelog. 
  5. ^ "Kod is a Free Text Editor Designed for Programmers". Lifehacker Australia. January 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ "chromium-tabs". github.com/rsms. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  7. ^ "LICENSE". Retrieved 10 August 2011. 

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