Best Text Editor

Text editors are used by programmers and developers for manipulating plain text source code, editing configuration files or documentation, or viewing error logs. Text editors are scaled-down from the full functionality of an integrated development environment (IDE), but may have plugins that blur the lines between the two. Text editors are ideally fast and lightweight for editing and manipulating a small number of text files at a time, and they provide features like regular expression search and replace, syntax highlighting, autocompletion, and multiple tabs or window panes. Developers who do not work in a system where a full-fledged IDE is needed, or where an IDE is too restricting, will often find that a text editor gives them more flexibility and freedom to code outside of standardized methods of development. Text editors often integrate with source code management, web frameworks, and build automation tools through plugins.

To qualify for inclusion in the Text Editor category, a product must:

  • View and edit plain text documents
  • Offer minimal platform integration features and not offer all the features of an IDE, unless added with a plugin

Text Editor Grid® Overview

The best Text Editor products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
G2 Crowd Grid® for Text Editor
Leaders
High Performers
Contenders
Niche
Adobe dreamweaver
Slickedit
Text edit plus
Textpad
Ultraedit
Atom
Bbedit
Elvis text editor
Emeditor
Gedit
Gnu emacs
Html kit
Notepad
Notetab
Textedit
Vim
Edit plus
Sublime text
Komodo edit
Visual studio code
Brackets
Market Presence
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