15 FREE Code Editors For Windows Linux Mac

Welcome to a list of free code editors for Windows, Linux, and Mac. Whether you are just starting out with programming, web development, or already a veteran code ninja – A good code editor is definitely one that you will need. As a huge supporter of open source myself, I believe that learning how to code should be free, and coding tools to help earn a living should be free too.

So this long list of code editors that I have collected from all over the Internet is all free-of-charge. Take your time to choose the best code editor for yourself – Read on!

P.S. This list is not in any particular sorting order.

 

 

1) NETBEANS

Type: IDE
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
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Netbeans is a free integrated development environment (IDE) sponsored by Oracle, and this is one of my personal favorites. While the minor pain of Netbeans is that you need to install Java to make it work, it is highly capable and versatile – It comes with code checking, auto-completion, debugging tools, and it is totally extendable with plugins. Yep, you can even turn Netbeans to develop Android apps with the correct plugins.

Note for the beginners – Just download and install the PHP version for web development.

 

2) ECLIPSE

Type: IDE
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
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Eclipse is my second favorite, and it is a project started by IBM that has grown a lot since. It can be a little confusing to use a first, but after a couple of hours, you will realize just how powerful this IDE is. Similar to Netbeans, Eclipse has pretty much all the useful features and can be extended with plugins.

Note for the beginners – Just download and install the PHP version for web development.

 

 

3) BRACKETS.IO

Type: Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
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Brackets.io is an editor that was backed by Adobe. Simple, lightweight, gets things done. A pretty good choice for those who do not want all the bells and whistles. It is available on all platforms too – Windows, Linux, and OSX.

Edit: Adobe will “abandon” Brackets in Sep 2021… Not sure about the future, but it may remain open-source on GitHub.

 

4) ATOM

Image Source: Atom.io
Type: Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
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Get prepared to be Atomized, ATOM is my third favorite. It is an open-source editor that is built with web technologies itself – HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Node.js (using web technology to do web development). If that is not cool enough, you can fully customize Atom and it even has Git/Github integration.

 

 

5) NOTEPAD++

Type: Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows
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Notepad++ is lightweight “better than the original Windows Notepad” editor. It runs fast, supports a ton of different programming languages, and there’s really nothing much to fault for this nifty free tool. The sad part, however, is that Notepad++ is only available for Windows.

 

6) NOTETAB LIGHT

Type: Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux (through Wine)
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Notetab, as they claim, is a multiple award-winning editor. Personally, I just think that it is a good improvement over the “default Windows Notepad”… Plus a few useful functions. Well, if you want a fuss-free and straightforward editor, this one is for you.

 

7) JEDIT

Type: Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
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jEdit is what they call “programmer’s text editor”, and it is as described – A simple text editor made for coding. Now, jEdit has been around for donkey years since 2000? If you are looking for an editor that will not break, this is the one. Being developed on Java, jEdit will run on Windows, Linux, and OSX.

 

 

8) KOMODO EDIT

Type: Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
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Komodo Edit is a simple editor that gets the job done. There really isn’t a lot of fancy stuff about it, maybe except that you can record macros with it. Komodo does offer a full-fledged IDE, but you will need to pay for it.

 

9) APTANA STUDIO

Image Source: Aptana Studio
Type: Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
Download Link: Click Here

Aptana Studio is an open-source IDE. Apart from the “usual” editor functions, Aptana Studio is interestingly integrated with GIT. So yep, for you beginners, this IDE has some good group collaboration built-in.

 

10) BLUEFISH

Type: Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
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Blue Fish (yes, it is called Blue Fish) is another lightweight text editor with coding capabilities. It has a fancy looking interface, but there really aren’t too many functions to it. Loads blazing fast, and available cross-platform.

 

 

11) VISUAL STUDIO CODE

Type: Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.
Download Link: Click Here

This used to be a paid software by Microsoft, and now, they have finally cracked under the open-source initiative worldwide; Visual Studio Code is an open-source editor, however, it is not made for web development “by default”. Out of the box, Visual Studio seems to “understand” HTML well enough, but you will need to install several extensions (such as Javascript and PHP) to make this “fully compatible” for web development.

 

12) ARACHNOPHILIA

Type: Editor
Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, OSX
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What the heck is this spider sounding name? Yes, Arachnophilia is a freeware editor that is based on Java and has a spider as the mascot. Not sure why, but this Java-based editor works across Windows, Linux, and OSX. A small inconvenience for Linux and OSX users though – You will have to manually do some “stuff” before you can run this editor. Well, it’s free, and some people may actually like… spiders?

 

 

13) JSFIDDLE

Type: Online
Link: Click Here

When it comes to online code playgrounds, JSFiddle is one of the oldies. Experiment with your HTML, CSS, Javascript – Then share it with the community. You can also embed the code on your own website, tidy it up, do code collaborations with a friend in real-time… JSFiddle is definitely one of the better-featured ones.

 

14) CODEPEN

Type: Online
Link: Click Here

CodePen is an online code playground that is very much like JSFiddle. Although it does not have as many features, this is still one very popular and mature website. Do check it out.

 

15) JS BIN

Type: Online
Link: Click Here

Yet another online code playground. Nope, JSBin does not have a lot of those “advanced features”, but this one is simple and straightforward.

 

WHICH IS THE BEST?

We have come to the end of the guide, and I hope that it has helped you to choose a good code editor. But just which is the fairest of them all? Well, some people like it simple, while some prefer to have a lot of features. Everyone has a different take, so choose whichever that catches your eye and stick with whichever works best for you.

With that, if you have anything to share with this guide, please feel free to comment below. Best of luck, and happy coding!

4 thoughts on “15 FREE Code Editors For Windows Linux Mac”

    1. EditPlus also works on Windows only, is not free, and promoted by a shameless spam muppet called “Mike”.

      P.S. I use ATOM. It is fast, lightweight, free, open-source, cross-platform, has hundreds of free themes, thousands of free extensions, and fully customizable.

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