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Smultron user interface
Original author(s)Peter Borg
Stable release
12.0.6 Edit this on Wikidata / 3 January 2020; 21 months ago (3 January 2020)
Written inObjective-C
Operating systemmacOS
Available inMulti-lingual
TypeText editor
License2011[a]: Proprietary
2007[b]: Apache-2.0
2006[c]: BSD-3-Clause
2004[d]: GPL[e][1]

Smultron is a text editor for macOS that is designed for both beginners and advanced users. It was originally published as free software but is now sold through the Mac App Store. It is written in Objective-C using the Cocoa API, and is able to edit and save many different file types. Smultron also includes syntax highlighting with 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.


Smultron has many syntax highlighting and text encoding options. It can be helpful in the quick creation of websites, and allows the user to utilize and customize shortcuts for quick coding implementations, snippets and file organization. Other features include split file view, line wrapping, incremental search, a command line utility, line numbers, and an HTML preview. 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.[2] 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,[3] however active development was later 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."[4]

In 2010, a fork of Smultron was released as version 3.7, authored by programmer Jean-François Moy.[5] It was later renamed “Fraise” after the French word for “Strawberry”.[6] Also open source, 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 will not be any further updates to this branch of development,[7] and as of macOS Sierra the app will no longer open. A new fork of Fraise in 2016, named “Erbele”, authored by programmer Andreas Bentele (Erbele is the Swabian (a German dialect) word for “strawberry”), offers compatibility with macOS Sierra and newer releases.[8]

On January 6, 2011, version 3.8 of Smultron was relicensed as proprietary software and published by Peter Borg in the Mac App Store as a paid app for OS X 10.6-10.8. Eventually separate versions 6, 7 and 8 (for OS X 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11 respectively) were released on the App Store. Added features include iCloud support in Smultron 6,[9] better contextual menus in Smultron 7[10] and support for native OS X tabs in Smultron 8.[11] Syntax highlighting has been updated in each version to include more languages:

By Smultron 8, over 120 languages are supported.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Proprietary since version 3.8.
  2. ^ Apache-2.0 from version 3.0 to 3.6b1.
  3. ^ BSD-3-Clause from version 2.0 to 2.2.7.
  4. ^ GPL from version 0.6 to 1.2.7.
  5. ^ GPL. No version mentioned, therefore any version.


  1. ^ "Smultron versions 0.6 to 3.6b1". Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  2. ^, Giles Turnbull. "Product Reviews: Smultron". Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-04.
  3. ^ Peter Borg. "Smultron". Archived from the original on 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  4. ^ Peter Borg. "Smultron". Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  5. ^ "flomac/Smultron". Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  6. ^ jfmoy. "Fraise". Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  7. ^ "Fraise Powerful Lightweight Editor for Mac". Archived from the original on May 18, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "Erbele". Retrieved 2021-07-26.
  9. ^ "Smultron 6 on the Mac App Store". Mac App Store. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  10. ^ "Smultron 7 on the Mac App Store". Mac App Store. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  11. ^ "Smultron 8 on the Mac App Store". Mac App Store. Retrieved 2016-08-17.

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