a good, free text/code editor on Mac OSX

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by crmpicco, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Can anyone recommend a good, free code/text editor for OSX? I am used to using either EditPlus or notepad++ on Windows, but i'm aware that neither of these programs have OSX equivalents.

    Any recommendations?

    Cheers,
    Picco
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    #2
    TextEdit
     
  3. celticpride678

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    TextEdit is a good text editor and TextWrangler does code and text.
     
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    miles01110

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    nano, emacs, vim, pico...

    ...you should already have them installed. Launch Terminal, type any of the above, and hit enter.
     
  5. macrumors member

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    I like jEdit. It has the best search feature I've ever seen. It is called hypersearch. The search returns a tree of links.
     
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    Isair

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    If you installed dev tools then Dashcode as a lightweight editor is really useful.
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    Another vote for Text Wrangler here.
     
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    wrldwzrd89

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    TextWrangler's great if what you need is a Mac OS X tool. If you're seeking something cross-platform look at jEdit.
     
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    redwarrior

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    I like TextWrangler but only use it now for composing responses in my online classes. Toward the middle of my web interface class I started using Komodo Edit. I don't use anything else anymore, but all I have done is HTML and PHP.
     
  10. gks
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    If you require a mac gui, I'd suggest TextWrangler

    If you're open to trying something different I'd check out emacs and vim (specifically MacVim). Both are very powerful and offer you a lot more than what you'll get in a gui text editor. But it's layers and layers deep. Both will have a big learning curve but it pays off.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool! I'll give TextWrangler a try.

    I had BlueFish installed, but it didn't do saving to remote files. Pah.

    Picco
     

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