Choosing the perfect text editor for your work can be a challenging task. It requires personal preference and judgment based on your development project. Before you jump into a single text editor I would advise experimenting with different ones.


Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. It benefits from a tabbed multi-document interface so you can work on several files at once, and is lightning fast – even when handling very large files.

  • • Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding.
  • • GUI entirely customizable: minimalist, tab with close button, multi-line tab, vertical tab and vertical document list.
  • • Document Map
  • • Auto-completion: Word completion, Function completion and Function parameters hint
  • • Multi-Document (Tab interface)
  • • Multi-View
  • • Zoom in and zoom out


With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, Brackets is an open source, modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser. It's crafted from the ground up for web designers and front-end developers (which means it’s not suitable for other programming projects).

  • • Quick Edit
  • • Focused Visual Tools
  • • Preprocessor Support
  • • Inline Editors
  • • Live Preview
  • • Lightweight

















Atom is an open source, modern, approachable, yet hackable to the core text editor—a tool you can customize to do anything but also use productively without ever touching a config file. Atom is advertised as the hackable text editor for the 21st century. The UI and UX are excellent and perfect for a great coding session.

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

















Sublime Text is a free and cross-platform text editor for code, markup, and prose. It supports many programming languages and markup languages.

  • • Use “Goto Anything” to open files with only a few keystrokes
  • • Multiple Selections
  • • Command Palette
  • • Distraction Free Mode
  • • Split Editing
  • • Instant Project Switch
  • • Powerful API and package ecosystem
  • • Customize Anything


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Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the “vi” editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is available for all the major desktop platforms, it’s old school design could be a little intimidating if you're used to the modern software.

  • • Completely keyboard based operations supported.
  • • Can be used in a remote development environment using a terminal over SSH.
  • • Enhances productivity and performs great with large files.
  • • Powerful API and package ecosystem
  • • Customize Anything


Do you have a favorite free text editor? Feel free to share. Mine is Atom, but I also use Sublime. When I’m coding on Linux, I use Vim.


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