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Smultron editing Smultron
Original author(s) Peter Borg
Stable release 8.1 / October 27, 2015; 18 days ago (2015-10-27)
Development status Active
Written in Objective-C
Operating system OS X
Available in Multi-lingual
Type Text editor
License Proprietary (Mac App Store)

Smultron is a text editor for OS X that is designed for both beginners and advanced users; it was originally published as open source and is now sold through the Mac App Store[1] It is written in Objective-C using the Cocoa API. It is able to edit and save many different file types, and has syntax highlighting support for many popular programming languages including C, C++, LISP, Java, Python, PHP, Ruby, HTML, XML, CSS, Prolog, IDL and D.

Smultron is the Swedish word for woodland strawberry.


Although primarily noted for its breadth of syntax highlighting and text encoding support, Smultron is also noted for its different approach towards column view and multiple tabbing.[2] It can be helpful in the quick creation of websites, and allows the user to utilize and customize shortcuts for other quick coding implementations, and tidy file organization. It includes other features such as split file view, line wrapping, live find/incremental search, a command line utility, line numbers, and an HTML preview. It also makes use of code snippets and hidden preferences that can be modified.[3] There is localization support for Swedish, Chinese (simplified and traditional), English, Czech, French, Hungarian, Finnish, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish.


Created and developed by Swedish programmer Peter Borg, it was first seen registered on Sourceforge in May 2004, and had received much support and feedback from the Mac open-source community. The name of the application is derived from the common Swedish woodland strawberry, hence the application icon.[4] Lingon, another program developed by Borg, is named after another common Scandinavian berry. As of July 31, 2009, Borg has announced that he would no longer be developing Smultron.[5] But active development was resumed after a hiatus.

On September 12, 2009, Borg announced a new version 3.6beta1 to fix bugs introduced with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. He also said he would not be releasing "any more versions for the foreseeable future." [6] On January 6, 2011, version 3.8 of Smultron was published in the Mac App Store as a paid app (for OSX 10.6-10.8). Eventually separate versions 6 and 7 (for OSX 10.9 and 10.10 respectively) were offered on the App Store.

In 2010 a fork named “Fraise” existed. “Fraise” is French for “Strawberry”.[7] This fork offered 64-bit support in Snow Leopard (but no support for OS X 10.5), an auto-update mechanism, duplicate line detection, and other features. There won’t be any updates to this development branch.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Meandering Passage, Earl Moore. "Smultron, open source text editor for Mac OS X". Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  2. ^ Soft32. "Editor's Review - Smultron". Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  3. ^ SolutionWatch, Brian Benzinger. "Smultron, open source text editor". Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  4. ^, Giles Turnbull. "Product Reviews: Smultron". Retrieved 2007-02-04. [dead link]
  5. ^ Peter Borg. "Smultron". Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  6. ^ Peter Borg. "Smultron". Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  7. ^ jfmoy. "Fraise". Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  8. ^[dead link]

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