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.
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
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.
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)
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)
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.
It includes code templates and snippets that help you code faster, and it also offers a website source code downloader and HTML cleaner. It’ll even add additional coding keys to your device’s keyboard, once again helping to slash the amount of time it takes to input your characters.
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)
AIDE is an abbreviation for “Android Integrated Development Environment”.
Its standout feature is the programming lessons. The interactive tutorials continue at a steady pace and follow a step-by-step methodology, making them a fantastic resource for someone who’s just beginning to learn the coding basics. There are four courses to choose from: Java programming, Android app development, game development, and Android Wear programming.
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)
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.
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?
If you’re coding on a Raspberry Pi, try the Code-OSS integrated development system (IDE).
Originally written by Danny Stieben on May 13th, 2013.