Yes, You Can Code on the Go: 7 of the Best HTML Editors for Android
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What do you use your Android device for? Making phone calls? Facebook? Gaming? Reading the news? Coding?

Yes, that’s right — coding on your Android device is not only possible, but also popular. The top HTML editors in the Google Play Store have been downloaded millions of times, proving both professionals and enthusiasts increasingly view the operating system as a viable productivity platform Productivity Problems? Check Out This Productivity Android App Guide Productivity Problems? Check Out This Productivity Android App Guide Sometimes, getting work finished feels impossible. You want to get more done, but you just need a little help. Where are you to turn? Read More .

If you find yourself needing to code on-the-go, you need to read this article. I’m going to introduce you to seven of the best HTML editor apps for your Android device.

1. WebMaster’s HTML Editor Lite

WebMaster’s HTML Editor Lite is a source code editor that supports JavaScript, CSS, PHP, and HTML files.

It doesn’t offer many extra features, but it does the basics extremely well. They include syntax highlighting, line numbering, specialist on-screen coding buttons, and a built-in file explorer. It also provides FTP server support FTP Transfer: 3 Popular File Managers for Android With FTP Software FTP Transfer: 3 Popular File Managers for Android With FTP Software FTP may sound intimidating, but it's not! We can help you learn how to quickly and easily share files between your devices with these handy Android apps. Read More .

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The features don’t sound very extensive compared to some of the other editors I’ll discuss later, but the no-frills approach has an upside: the app is both lightweight and snappy to use.

The free version has some restrictions, including limited code completion support and a lack of a preview mode. The $4 premium version removes these limitations.

Download: WebMaster’s HTML Editor Lite (Free)

2. AWD

AWD — short for “Android Web Developer” — is an integrated development environment for web developers.

The app supports the PHP, CSS, JS, HTML, and JSON languages, and you can manage and collaborate on remote projects using FTP, FTPS, SFTP, and WebDAV.

It offers several features you might expect — such as code highlighting, code completion, line numbering, and previews — but it also includes some cool features that earn the app its place on this list. They include a search and replace function (which includes regular expressions), error checking, and perhaps most enticingly, automatic one-click code beautification.

The app also provides unlimited undo/redo actions, frequent auto-saving, and Git integration.

Download: AWD (Free)

3. DroidEdit

DroidEdit is comparable to Notepad++ on Windows. In addition to the usual foursome of HTML, PHP, CSS, and JavaScript, it also supports C, C++, C#, Java, Python, Ruby, Lua, LaTeX, and SQL. In my opinion, the app also boasts the best syntax highlighting out of any app on this list — the color contrasts are more striking and easy to track.

The paid version costs $2 but adds several useful features. If you’re serious about coding, it’s well worth the cost.

The most exciting paid feature is arguably the support for Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box. You’ll be able to automatically save all your projects straight into the cloud, allowing you to pick them up with ease on other devices later in the day. It also adds SFTP support, custom themes, and a root mode.

The free version is ad-supported.

Download: DroidEdit (Free)

4. Quoda Code Editor

Quoda Code Editor is not as well-known as some of the other suggestions in this article, but a lot of coding enthusiasts swear by it.

The app has one of the most diverse ranges of programming languages. ActionScript, C, C++, C#, CSS, Haskell, HTML, Java, JavaScript, Lisp, Lua, Markdown, Objective-C, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, SQL, Visual Basic, and XML are all supported.

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Sadly, like DroidEdit, some of the most useful features are reserved for the paid version. The $4 in-app purchase adds Dropbox and Google Drive support, live HTML and Markdown previews, SFTP and FTP integration, snippets with tab stops and variables, and suggested code completion.

Download: Quoda Code Editor (Free)

5. Jota Text Editor

As the name suggests, Jota is primarily a text editor — but it’s also ideal for coding and writing HTML.

With almost five million downloads and an almost flawless five-star rating, the app is one of the most downloaded and most highly-regarded downloads on this list.

It can support 1,000,000 characters, has customizable syntax highlighting, and can even be used as an SL4A (Scripting Layer for Android) editor.

Download: Jota Text Editor (Free)

6. AIDE

AIDE is an abbreviation for “Android Integrated Development Environment”.

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Away from the educational side of the app, it offers real-time error checking, code completion, a Java debugger, and single-click app testing.

AIDE is also compatible with the two most popular IDEs for desktop — Eclipse and Android Studio. That means that if you’re working on an app, you can take your project between desktop and mobile without encountering problems.

Download: AIDE (Free)

7. anWriter

I’ll conclude my list with anWriter. It’s a free HTML editor that also supports CSS, JavaScript, and LaTeX. If you upgrade to the pro version, you’ll also get support for PHP and SQL.

The app can work with all the latest technologies being used around the web, including HTML 5, CSS 3, jQuery, Bootstrap, and Angular, it has an autocomplete feature for all its supported languages, and it offers syntax highlighting.

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It also lets you preview web pages you’ve coded from within the app, and it’ll alert you to any errors thanks to its JavaScript error console.

Best of all, anWriter is much lighter than some of the other IDE apps I’ve already touched on. The total size is less than 2 MB.

Download: anWriter (Free)

Do You Code on Your Android Device?

These are seven of the best HTML editors and coding apps for Android. Although many of them offer similar core features, it’s the extra features and paid versions that will help determine whether the app is right for your needs.

If you’re not sure which app to use, the best advice it to test all seven and see which one fits your workflow the best.

Now it’s over to you. I’d love to know if you use your Android device for coding. If you do, please let me know which editor you use. Why did you choose it, and what makes it unique?

As always, you can leave your opinions, suggestions, and feedback in the comments section below.

Originally written by Danny Stieben on May 13th, 2013.

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  1. B.naveen
    November 15, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Im choose onlin editor app
    It make edits photos
    Im opened in this app it was asking 10 code ...... .i dont now that code pls help meee...

  2. Shiven
    October 4, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Very good

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  4. Sonja
    April 30, 2016 at 12:12 am

    I'm not sure if I could run the javascript code in any of those editors?
    ...just looking at the icons, seems like it's for the editing only, more html and css like, where you don't need to actually run the code.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong?

  5. PB
    July 26, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to put together a 'Top 10'. Just got myself a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.7 and needed a PHP Editor to kill time for 'on the go' work (trains, planes, buses etc), your reviews helped me a decision, so I'll go for 920 Editor. (:
    Cheers.

    • routed
      April 24, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      Thank god for this comment, I was seriously needing something for mobile. Where all these may have there place and possibly even better developed (Last post on this article in May 2013, 4 years ago.) 920 Editor is f#@$ing amazing, nuff said.

  6. Lim3Fru1t
    May 15, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I have never thought about coding from my smartphone. Thanks for showing these apps, might try some of them soon :)

    • patrick
      October 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

      is there also dreamweaver for android available? even cms?

  7. Kay Fritz
    May 14, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Thank you, that inspired my to write my next testcases on my smartphone this upcoming weekend without getting in trouble with my wife.