Best Text Editors for Development 2016

Best Text Editors: Atom

Best Text Editors for 2016

Text Editors allow programmers to write and edit code scripts in various languages. All of the editors below offer free downloadable versions and some with upgraded packages available at cost. Many of them also offer a document map which is a side bar displays the entire document and highlights the portion of text currently being edited. If you have multiple computers of different platforms or intend to program on different systems, it is helpful to use multi-platform text editors. The best text editors provide the perfect environment for altering code without impacting your development or production environment. Every programmer should have their go to text editor to keep files organized and make developing software productive and headache free.


Atom Text Editor

Figure 1. Atom Text Editor

Description: Atom is a customizable text editor that permits the user to personalize the UI and features. Atom is also an open source program and has community forums on Discuss, GitHub, and Slack. You can download packages as well as create and upload your own for other Atom users to enjoy. Documentation for the software is readily accessible on the Atom website.

Latest version: 1.4.0


Supported Platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

Key Features:

  • Built-in package manager
  • Cross-platform editing
  • File system browser
  • Find and replace
  • Multiple panes
  • Smart auto-completion

Price: Free


Coda2 Text Editor

Figure 2. Coda2 Text Editor

Description: Coda2 has a sleek UI and processes code much faster than the original Coda. This text editor was designed specifically for Mac OC and iOS and even has a comparable iPad app, Diet Coda.


Version: 2.5.15

Supported Platforms: Mac OS X

Key Features:

  • Auto-complete functions, classes, and variables
  • CSS editing and overriding
  • Amazon S3, FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV enabled
  • Local indexing
  • Publish files
  • Panic Sync
  • Terminal and MySQL editor

Price: $99


CoffeeCup Text Editor

Figure 3. CoffeeCup Text Editor

Description: CoffeeCup offers an HTML Editor and Web Editor as two options for developers who seek a text editor with features optimized for building websites. You can also select from a myriad of add on packs including an SEO, Animation Studio, and Website Access Manager. The tools designed by CoffeeCup allow programmers to organize websites and related content more efficiently.

Latest version: 2.5


Supported Platforms: Mac OS X, Windows

Key Features:

  • Code validation tools
  • FTP sync enabled
  • Website preview
  • Specialized HTML editor
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Tag reference list

Price: $69


ICECoder Text Editor

Figure 4. ICECoder Text Editor

Description: ICEcoder is unique because it allows you to write and test code within your browser. This text editor can also be used online or locally.

Latest Version: 5.3


Supported Platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

Key Features:

  • Customizable themes
  • Find and replace tool
  • Multiple cursors
  • Secure account login
  • SQL database management
  • Tag completion indicators
  • Visual code difference highlighter

Price: Free


Notepad++ Text Editor

Figure 5. Notepad++ Text Editor

Description: Notepad++ is a classic Windows supported text editor. Notepad++ is completely free and since it is so widely used, there is a vast community support group. Due to the well-known reputation of this text editor, there are regular updates which are all free to users.

Latest version: 6.8.9


Supported Platforms: Windows

Key Features:

  • Auto-completion detection
  • Highly customizable
  • Find in Files option
  • Multi-document tab interface
  • Split-screen view
  • Syntax Highlighting
  • Syntax Folding

Price: Free

Sublime Text

Sublime Text Editor

Figure 6. Sublime Text Editor

Description: Sublime Text is a widely used Python API text editor that has a simple to use yet robust with options offered to users. With no expiration date on the free version of the software, this is a great starting point for programmers new to text editors.

Latest version: 2.0.2


Supported Platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

Key Features:

  • Command Palette
  • Cross Platform
  • Customize Anything
  • Distraction Free Mode
  • Goto Anything
  • Instant Project Switch
  • Multiple Selections
  • Plugin API
  • Split Editing

Price: $70


UltraEdit Text Editor

Figure 7. UltraEdit Text Editor

Description:There’s no question that UltraEdit is among the best text editors for 2016. UltraEdit is a multi-language text editor with many premium packages available for download. This text editor is another cross-platform option with many customizable features. UltraEdit also supports automation and HTML validation.

Latest version: 22.20


Supported Platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

Key Features:

  • Automation via macros and scripts
  • Column and block editing
  • Editor themes
  • File and data sorting
  • File compare
  • Integrated FTP, SSH, telnet
  • Multi-caret editing
  • Multi-select
  • Syntax highlighting

Price: $80


Brackets- The Best Text Editors

Figure 8:  Brackets Text Editor

Description: Brackets is a powerful- yet free- text editor made by Adobe.  Specially optimized for work in HTML5, CSS and Javascript, Brackets can be the web developers’ best friend.  Automated live preview and integration with Photoshop layers makes this a strong contendor for best text editor.

Latest version: 1.6


Supported Platforms: Mac OS X, Windows

Key Features:

  • Lightweight
  • New Features and Extensions every 3-4 weeks
  • Code Hints from a PSD
  • Inline Editors
  • Live Preview
  • Preprocessor Support

Price:  Free!

There are a whole host of text editors to select from based on the type of programming you are mastering, whether it be websites or software oriented. It is also important to select the most full-bodied editor for your platform and budget.


  1. I’m really surprised you didn’t mention Brackets! It’s free, cross platform, multi-language, expandable, Emmet-capable, and has a full set of free expansions. It also has live updating previews, and its own server to display, eg. Angular pages, without the need for further set-up. It has live edit for css files, auto complete, multi-caret editing, split views. It really deserves solid consideration as it’s a great editor and it’s free. My only complaint is that you can only keep one project open at a time.

    • I agree, Visual Studio Code has gained tons of features in the past few months and it’s available on Windows, Mac and Linux.

  2. I think you guys are right. We will add Brackets to the list. It is an awesome editor. Keep in mind this article is just one author’s opinion, and she mentions some really awesome editors.

  3. Another good editor is IntelliJ IDEA from Jetbrains. It is also cross platform and has both a free and paid version. It offers support for many programming languages and is extendable with plug-ins.

  4. I’m also a big fan of the Jet brains suite
    PHPStorm rocks. However I find myself using online IDE’s more and more. Especially

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