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What are the best text editors for programming?

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    Bruce Hudson
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "Lynda made my organizing a piece of cake. I would recommend it to anyone!"
    1. 166
      Visual Studio Code

      Visual Studio Code is a free lightweight text editor for computers with Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems. It supports various languages such as Java, Python, C#, PHP, and more.

      Software

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      Free

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      Christine Oliver
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "What I like about this editor is that it is lightweight, meaning I can still install other programs that are much much heavier without the need to unload this one. 5 stars for..."
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      Christine Oliver
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "What I like about this editor is that it is lightweight, meaning I can still install other programs that are much much heavier without the need to unload this one. 5 stars for this one! 💕"
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      Benito Téllez
      Written on October 29, 2017
      "Visual Studio Code is one of the best text editors for programming. I'm not a programming expert as of yet, and found the interface to be intuitive and useful. It also has support for a number of languages so the program will allow me to grow in my knowledge as I use it! There were a couple of small glitches but nothing major. It also wasn't a "bloated" editor in that it didn't take up too much space on my computer. Highly recommended!"
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      Kevin Taylor
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Visual Studio Code allows users an advanced platform for writing code. It is free and open-source, and is available on multiple platforms. The website makes it very easy to download the program (free of charge) and offers necessary tools for using Visual Studio Code to its full potential."
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      Vim

      Vim is an open-source configurable text editor that is compatible with either Windows or Mac operating system. It has a license which is GPL-compatible and is free for users to download and install to their computer.

      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

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      Jerry Shaw
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "It's good that I finally found a free and a good text editor for my Linux computer. Now, I can peacefully practice my craft. Thank you for this one Vim!"
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      Jerry Shaw
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "It's good that I finally found a free and a good text editor for my Linux computer. Now, I can peacefully practice my craft. Thank you for this one Vim!"
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      Martha Meyer
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "I like that Vim is free to use and open source. It's also extremely customizable as far as text editors go. It initially seemed like it was going to be very difficult to figure out how to learn, but once I got the hang out of it, it has been a very useful and powerful tool. Also, you may as well learn to use it, because it's everywhere - almost every server/linux machine has a version of Vim."
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      Albert Munoz
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "This is actually a great solution. Vim fits the query perfectly albeit it is designed for Apple and other UNIX based systems. But it is definitely a text editor with features focused on programming and is very popular because of how good it is."
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      Atom
      Atom is a text editor for Elixir IDEs that has modern and subtle looks and is also perfectly hackable for its own customization for your own needs. It also has a lot of features like cross-platform editing and smart autocompletion.

      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

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      Carl Ramos
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "I don't know what made @Jerry comment like that. I think he just doesn't know how to use Atom or he just does not have any background on programming or using text editors at..."
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      Carl Ramos
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "I don't know what made @Jerry comment like that. I think he just doesn't know how to use Atom or he just does not have any background on programming or using text editors at all. 😂"
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      Jerry Black
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "There's a reason that Atom is called A Lot Of Memory; it is not a good text editor. It barely runs, and in a world with simpler options and also much more robust options, Atom sits a weird middle ground where it's much less useful than Vim but needlessly complicated compared to commercial text editors."
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      Juan Ortiz
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "This is a nice program to have if you are a coding dummy like myself this will help you a great deal and it even has customization to have different themes great job A++++"
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      Brackets
      Brackets is an open-source text editor that is mainly for web designing. It is compatible with computers that have a Microsoft Windows, macOS, or Linux operating system. Brackets is made with JavaScript.
      Software

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      Free

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      Aarav Balasubramanium
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Brackets is a lightweight, yet powerful, modern text editor. It is a free program that is worked on by the community that uses it. There are better solutions if you are..."
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      Aarav Balasubramanium
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Brackets is a lightweight, yet powerful, modern text editor. It is a free program that is worked on by the community that uses it. There are better solutions if you are willing to pay for them."
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      Nathan Shaw
      Written on November 7, 2017
      "Brackets is a must have for any programmer. It makes it so easy to design in the browser and it's UI is beautiful."
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      Sublime Text

      Sublime Text is a paid HTML and PHP editor that offers a free trial for users to evaluate the product. It offers cross-platform support aside from Multi-Line selection and editing. The software also supports Haxe and OpenFL integration.

      Software

      Windows, Mac

      $80

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      Kathleen May
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "As a super nerdy programmer, I typically am always looking for better ways to code! This Sublime Text editor has given me this opportunity to code a bit easier and more..."
      KM
      Kathleen May
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "As a super nerdy programmer, I typically am always looking for better ways to code! This Sublime Text editor has given me this opportunity to code a bit easier and more cleanly because of its editing features. Another great feature of this program is that the developers continually upload fixes and updates to help make this platform even easier to use! If you code, try this out today!"
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      Justin Hopkins
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Sublime text editor provides a comprehensive and intuitive interface for those looking to get into different aspects of programming. After a couple of google searches this product appears at the top or middle of the best text editors for programming. With that said I do have a level of confidence in this program."
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      Notepad++

      Notepad++ is a free source code editor based on Scintilla, an editing component. It runs in the Microsoft Windows environment and is licensed by GNU General Public License.

      Software

      Windows

      Free

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      Richard Cooper
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "I'm sure everyone who has used a computer has used the old Notepad a time or two. Notepad++ takes the Notepad experience to a new level. It adds more features for the advanced..."
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      Richard Cooper
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "I'm sure everyone who has used a computer has used the old Notepad a time or two. Notepad++ takes the Notepad experience to a new level. It adds more features for the advanced user. It has a WYSIWYG interface that makes it easy for printing. I use it a lot and have found the zoom in and out tool very helpful."
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      Ernesto Santillán
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Notepad++ is simply THE best simple text editor ever created. That's not an understatement. The plethora of options and tools available put everything else to shame. Designed for coding, but absolutely useful for just about anyone using a computer. Beats the heck out of Windows Notepad."
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      Sara Lawrence
      Written on October 1, 2017
      "notepad++ is a great tool to help with editing. I loved how easy it was to read and use."
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      Emacs
      Emacs is a free text editor compatible with computers running in Linux, Windows, or Mac operating system. It has other features like its high customizable options, self-documenting and that works in real time display.
      Software

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      Free

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      David Peters
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Emacs has been around forever and it is still one of the best options for a simple and effective programming text editor. If you are sick of your complicated IDE and are..."
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      David Peters
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Emacs has been around forever and it is still one of the best options for a simple and effective programming text editor. If you are sick of your complicated IDE and are looking to give something new a try, Emacs is worthwhile. I have been using it as my standard text editor since college and see no reason to change. It is a fully extensible platform so even if your parameters do change, emacs can change with you. Oh yeah, and its free."
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      Judy Bailey
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "A great way for text editing. It has a project planner to keep you organized. It helps you with extensions."
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      Komodo Edit

      Komodo Edit is an open-source text editor and is free for users to download to their computers. It comes with a free text editor for all types of dynamic programming languages. Komodo edit is the counterpart of the Komodo IDE.

      Software

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      Free

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      Amanda Huang
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "How is this different from Komodo IDE? Can someone explain what are their differences? Thank you in advance guys! 😊"
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      Amanda Huang
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "How is this different from Komodo IDE? Can someone explain what are their differences? Thank you in advance guys! 😊"
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      Scott Wells
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "Being a Software Developer, choosing the best editor/IDE is one of the greatest hassles because each editor has things it excels in and others in which it falls short. Komodo Edit is my favorite because it has the best features, supports all the languages I'm interested in, and loads so fast for such a feature-packed application."
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      Lawrence Thomas
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "If you are looking for the best text editor for programming ,Kamodo edit is awesome,I used it ,and I still use it and the experience is amazing.I wanted a more advanced functionality; debugging and code profiling and my friend recommended me Kamodo IDE. I can assure you my problems are no more!!"
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      Light Table

      Light Table is an integrated development environment (IDE) that is free for users to download and install. It is compatible with computers with Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems.

      Software

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      Free

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      Janice Armstrong
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Looks like a great solution. I've used other programs that are "light" and boy were they light on any kind of features. This looks to hit all the right notes for me for..."
      JA
      Janice Armstrong
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Looks like a great solution. I've used other programs that are "light" and boy were they light on any kind of features. This looks to hit all the right notes for me for something I would want to use for coding with a ton of extra features."
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      Yan Fu
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "I don't know anything about this, but Light Table does look pretty nice. The YouTube video also makes it look cool. I'd say that this is a decent solution."
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      Geany

      Geany is a lightweight integrated development environment (IDE) which is free for users to download and install. It is compatible with computers with Microsoft Windows, macOS, or Linux operating system.

      Software

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      Free

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      Kenneth Brown
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "I really think that this deserves an even higher ranking. I think this should be at least ranked eighth or seventh, well at least for this problem for me."
      KB
      Kenneth Brown
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "I really think that this deserves an even higher ranking. I think this should be at least ranked eighth or seventh, well at least for this problem for me."
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      Rodolfo Blanco
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Geany is an alright text editor. I can't see many situations I'd use it for programming over the editors that come with my home programs, but it's fine if you want to use it."
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      Angela Woods
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "I don't have any comment"

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    Summary

    Best text editors for programming
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Visual Studio Code Software 166 Free
    2 Vim Software 126 Free
    3 Atom Software 119 Free
    4 Brackets Software 94 Free
    5 Sublime Text Software 81 Paid
    6 Notepad++ Software 76 Free
    7 Emacs Software 58 Free
    8 Komodo Edit Software 37 Free
    9 Light Table Software 15 Free
    10 Geany Software 6 Free
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