What is the best free text editor for programmers?

shaurya gupta June 14, 2013


I want to know which is the best free text editor with support for HTML, CSS, jQuery, PHP, Javascript, etc.

It must run on Windows, have a cool dark theme and autocomplete  – what are my options?

  1. EditPP
    August 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Try SynWrite editor. It's like Notepad++, for Windows, and open source. It's more powerful than NP++ without plugins.

  2. susendeep dutta
    June 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Notepad ++ is the best thing you can get for programming.

  3. Chris S
    June 27, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Anyone who hasn't used Sublime Text 2 should not say Notepad++ until they've tried Sublime Text 2. It was so good I paid for the full version and I've never been happier with a code editor. I highly suggest you at least look at the demos on the website. And don't forget there's nothing stopping you having both. I do, and I still use ST2.

  4. Switchblade Switchblade
    June 26, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Freeware wise go for notepad++. There are other free and paid solutions but notepad++ will do

  5. Michael Teague0
    June 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Like many above I use Notepad++.

  6. Dejan Kumric
    June 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Maybe. you can try also two free editor for Web developement:

    Adobe Brackets (Brackets open-source code editor built with the web for the web)


    CodeLobster PHP Edition
    Free version or you can buy Pro (more advanced version).

    But as Chinmay Sarupria Mention, I give vote for Sublime Text. Yes it is not free, but it really powerful.

  7. Ryan F
    June 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Hands down and without a doubt would be Notepad++


  8. Oron Joffe
    June 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    As others have said, there are plenty of excellent free editors there, but I join the Notepad++ camp!

  9. ha14
    June 14, 2013 at 8:58 am
  10. DalSan M
    June 14, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Most common are Notepad++ and Notepad 2. Both have portable versions as well so the text editors can be customized to your liking and used on other computers as needed.

  11. Alan Wade
    June 14, 2013 at 6:21 am

    There are dozens and dozens of text editors about some customisable some not. The problem with this sort of question is that many people have their own preferences for their own reasons so that makes it difficult to give an acurate answer.
    My preference is Notepad2 but I am sure you will get a lot of other recommendations.

  12. Ron
    June 14, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Notepad++ is a perfect text editor for programmers, which supports many popular languages

  13. null
    June 14, 2013 at 4:42 am

    notepad ++ i like this and i think this is the most popular and useful text editor if your question is solved then please make my answer as a right answer so that people find it helpful.

    • Paul Pruitt
      June 17, 2013 at 4:09 am

      I second that. It has great context highlighting if you specify the coding language. Also has tons of add-ins.

  14. Chinmay Sarupria
    June 14, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Sublime Text 2 is what you want. It has a dark theme and autocomplete feature. It can be downloaded and evaluated for free, after that you can purchase but because there is no time limit for evaluation so you don't have to purchase.


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