List of text editors
The following is a list of notable text editors.
Graphical and text user interfaceEdit
|Aquamacs Emacs||A distribution of GNU Emacs heavily modified to behave like a Mac program.||Yes|
|Cream||A configuration of Vim.||Yes|
|Elvis||A vi/ex clone with additional commands and features.||Yes|
|Extensible Versatile Editor (EVE)||Default under OpenVMS.||?|
|GNU Emacs/XEmacs||Two long-existing forks of the popular Emacs programmer's editor. Emacs and vi are the dominant text editors on Unix-like operating systems, and have inspired the editor wars.||Yes|
|Language-Sensitive Editor (LSE)||Programmer's Editor for OpenVMS implemented using TPU.||Yes|
|Textadept||A modular, cross-platform editor written in C and Lua, using Scintilla.||Yes|
|vile (vi like Emacs)||A vi work-alike which retains the vi command-set while adding new features: multiple windows and buffers, infinite undo, colorization, scriptable expansion capabilities, etc.||Yes|
|vim||A clone based on the ideas of the vi editor and designed for use both from a command line interface and in a graphical user interface.||Yes|
Graphical user interfaceEdit
|Acme||A User Interface for Programmers by Rob Pike.||Free software|
|AkelPad||Еditor for plain text. It is designed to be a small and fast. Many plugins.||Free software|
|Bluefish||A web development editor.||Free software|
|CudaText||Written in Object Pascal on Lazarus (IDE), thus cross platform native GUI.||Free software|
|E Text Editor||Default under IBM OS/2 versions 2-4.||Proprietary|
|Eddie||An editor originally made for BeOS and later ported to Linux and macOS.||Freeware|
|EditPlus||An editor with syntax highlighting and FTP.||Proprietary|
|FeatherPad||A lightweight editor based upon Qt .||Free software|
|Geany||A fast and lightweight editor / IDE, uses GTK+.||Free software|
|gedit||Default under GNOME.||Free software|
|GoldED (text editor of Cubic IDE)||Proprietary|
|GWD Text Editor||Proprietary|
|HxD for huge text files.||Freeware|
|jEdit||A free cross-platform programmer's editor written in Java, GPL licensed.||Free software|
|JOVE||Jonathan's Own Version of Emacs||Free software|
|JuffEd||A lightweight text editor written in Qt4.||Free software|
|Kate||A basic text editor for the KDE desktop.||Free software|
|Kedit||An editor with commands and Rexx macros similar to IBM XEDIT.||Proprietary|
|Kile||A user friendly TeX/LaTeX editor.||Free software|
|Komodo Edit||Free software|
|KWrite||A default editor on KDE.||Free software|
|Lapis||An experimental text editor allowing multiple simultaneous edits of text in a multiple selection from a few examples provided by the user.||Free software|
|Leafpad||Default under LXDE. and Xfce||Free software|
|LEd – LaTeX Editor||Freeware|
|Leo||A text editor that features outlines with clones as its central tool of organization and navigation.||Free software|
|mcedit||A text editor provided with Midnight Commander.||Free software|
|Metapad||Windows Notepad replacement, GPL licensed.||Free software|
|Mousepad||Previously the default under Xfce.||Free software|
|NEdit – "Nirvana Editor"||Free software|
|Notepad||Default under Microsoft Windows.||Proprietary|
|Notepad++||A tabbed text editor.||Free software|
|Pe||A text editor for BeOS.||Free software|
|pluma||The default text editor of the MATE desktop environment for Linux.||Free software|
|Programmer's File Editor (PFE)||Freeware|
|PSPad||An editor for Microsoft Windows with various programming environments.||Freeware|
|Q10||A full screen text editor (Windows).||Freeware|
|SimpleText||Default under Classic Mac OS from version 7.5.||Proprietary|
|Smultron||A macOS text editor.||Proprietary|
(formerly called Hydra)
|TeachText||Default under Classic Mac OS versions prior to 7.5.||Proprietary|
|TextPad and Wildedit||Proprietary|
|TeXShop||TeX/LaTeX editor and previewer.||Free software|
|TextEdit||Default under macOS, NeXTSTEP, and GNUstep.||Free software|
|TextWrangler||Mac-only editor by Bare Bones Software, sunsetted. Final version released 09/20/2016, replaced by free tier of [BBEdit].||Freeware|
|The Hessling Editor||Free software|
|The SemWare Editor (TSE)
(formerly called QEdit).
|UltraEdit||Text and source code editor with syntax highlighting, code folding, FTP etc. Handles multi-gigabyte files.||Proprietary|
|Visual Studio Code||An extensible code editor with support for development operations like debugging, task running and version control.||Free software|
|X11 Xedit||Free software|
|XEDIT||Default under VM/CMS.||Proprietary|
Text user interfaceEdit
|E||is the text editor in PC DOS 6, PC DOS 7 and PC DOS 2000.||Proprietary|
|ed||The default line editor on Unix since the birth of Unix. Either ed or a compatible editor is available on all systems labeled as Unix (not by default on every one).||Free software|
|ED||The default editor on CP/M, MP/M, Concurrent CP/M, CP/M-86, MP/M-86, Concurrent CP/M-86.||Free software|
|EDIT||The default on MS-DOS 5.0 and higher and is included with all 32-bit versions of Windows that do not rely on a separate copy of DOS. Up to including MS-DOS 6.22, it only supported files up to 64 KB.||Proprietary|
|EDIT||The text editor in DR DOS 6.0, Novell DOS 7, OpenDOS 7.01, DR-DOS 7.02 and higher. Supports large files for as long as swap space is available. Version 7 and higher optionally supports a pseudo-graphics user interface named NewUI.||Proprietary|
|EDIX||The text editor in Concurrent DOS, Concurrent DOS XM, Concurrent PC DOS, Concurrent DOS 386, FlexOS 286, FlexOS 386, 4680 OS, 4690 OS, S5-DOS/MT.||Proprietary|
|EDITOR||The text editor in DR DOS 3.31 through DR DOS 5.0, and the predecessor of EDIT.||Proprietary|
|EDLIN||A command-line based line editor introduced with 86-DOS, and the default on MS-DOS prior to version 5 and is also available on MS-DOS 5.0 and Windows NT.||Proprietary|
|ee||Stands for Easy Editor, is part of the base system of FreeBSD, along with vi.||Free software|
|nvi||(Installed as vi by default in BSD operating systems and some Linux distributions) – A free replacement for the original vi which maintains compatibility while adding some new features.||Free software|
|vi||The default for Unix systems and must be included in all POSIX compliant systems – One of the earliest screen-based editors, it is based on ex.||Free software|
|ECCE||ECCE (The Edinburgh Compatible Context Editor) is a text editor designed by Dr Hamish Dewar at Edinburgh University.||Free software|
|Emacs||A screen-based editor with an embedded computer language, Emacs Lisp. Early versions were implemented in TECO, see below.||Free software|
|JED||Multi-mode, multi-window editor with drop-down menus, folding, ctags support, undo, UTF-8, key-macros, autosave, etc. Multi-emulation; default is emacs. Programmable in S-Lang.||Free software|
|JOE||A modern screen-based editor with a sort of enhanced-WordStar style to the interface, but can also emulate Pico.||Free software|
|mcedit||Full featured terminal text editor for Unix-like systems.||Free software|
|mg||Small and light, uses GNU/Emacs keybindings. Installed by default on OpenBSD.||Free software|
|MinEd||Text editor with user-friendly interface, mouse and menu control, and extensive Unicode and CJK support; for Unix/Linux and Windows/DOS.||Free software|
|Nano||A clone of Pico GPL licensed.||Free software|
|ne||A minimal, modern replacement for vi.||Free software|
|SETEDIT||A clone of the editor of Borland's Turbo* IDEs.||Free software|
|The SemWare Editor||(TSE for DOS)
(formerly called QEdit)
|busybox vi||A small vi clone with a minimum of commands and features.||Free software|
|Elvis||The first vi clone and the default vi in Minix.||Free software|
|nvi||A new implementation and currently the standard vi in BSD distributions.||Free software|
|STEVIE||STEVIE (ST Editor for VI Enthusiasts) for the Atari ST, the starting point for vim and xvi||Free software|
|vile||Derived from an early version of Microemacs in an attempt to bring the Emacs multi-window/multi-buffer editing paradigm to vi users. First published 1991 with infinite undo, UTF-8 compatibility, multi-window/multi-buffer operation, a macro expansion language, syntax highlighting, file read and write hooks, and more.||Free software|
|vim||An extended version of the vi editor, with many additional features designed to be helpful in editing program source code.||Free software|
No user interface (editor libraries/toolkits)Edit
|Cocoa text system||Supports text components of macOS.||Proprietary|
|Scintilla (editing component)||Used as the core of several text editors.||Free software|
|Text Processing Utility (TPU)||Language and runtime package, developed by DEC, used to implement the Language-Sensitive Editor and Extensible Versatile Editor, Eve.||Proprietary|
ASCII and ANSI artEdit
- ACiDDraw – designed for editing ASCII text art. Supports ANSI color (ANSI X3.64)
- JavE – ASCII editor, portable to any platform running a Java GUI
- PabloDraw – ANSI/ASCII editor allowing multiple users to edit via TCP/IP network connections
- TheDraw – ANSI/ASCII text editor for DOS and PCBoard file format support
ASCII font editorsEdit
Visual and full-screen editorsEdit
- Brief – a programmer's editor for DOS and OS/2
- Edit application – a programmer's editor for Classic Mac OS
- EDIT – a menu-based editor introduced to supersede EDLIN in MS-DOS version 5.0 and up and available in most Microsoft Windows
- EDT – a character-based editor used on DEC PDP-11s and VAXen
- O26 – written for the operator console of the CDC 6000 series machines in the mid-1960s
- Red – a VAX/VMS editor, written in Forth variant STOIC
- se – an early screen-based editor for Unix
- SED – cross-platform editor from the 1980s, ran on TOPS-10, TOPS-20 and VMS
- STET (the 'STructured Editing Tool') – may have been the first folding editor; its first version was written in 1977
- TECO – one of the most advanced character-based editors, which included a programming language. While usually described as a line editor, it included screen editing capabilities at least as early as 1965.
- Colossal Typewriter – an early editor thought to be written for the PDP-1
- EDLIN – a line editor delivered with MS-DOS
- EDT (Univac) – a line editor for Unisys VS/9 and Fujitsu BS2000 systems
- ex – an EXtended version of Unix's ed, later evolved into the visual editor vi
- fred – sed-like line editor used on the CDC 7600 at Los Alamos
- GEDIT (aka George 3 EDITor) – a TECO-like editor including a programming language for the GEC 4000 series computers. GEDIT was originally written by David Toll of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and then adopted by GEC Computers for OS4000.
- sed – a non-interactive programmable stream editor available in Unix
- TECO – one of the most advanced character-based editors, which included a programming language
- TEDIT – GEC 4000 series editor based on the Cambridge Titan EDIT
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