BBEdit is a professional HTML and text editor from Bare Bones Software Inc., aimed at web and software developers. Features include pattern matching (“grep”); search and replace across multiple files; the ability to edit columns (in “delimited (CSV, TSV) text files”); function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages; code folding; text and code completion; FTP and SFTP open and save; AppleScript support and a “text factory”; Unix scripting support and a complete set of HTML markup and clean-up tools.

Version 13 was a major update, first released last fall, that includes “Pattern Playgrounds … for learning, developing and testing regular expression search patterns (‘grep patterns’) in a safe environment” and “live display of both literal and regular expression matching while entering a search string in the Find window”, plus an “Apply Transform command, which provides a powerful, immediate means to apply any single text transformation to multiple files and folders”, among many other improvements.

BBEdit 13.0.3 is priced at $49.99 for macOS 10.14 and later. The BBEdit download runs for 30 days with all features enabled for evaluation and then continues with a reduced feature set free of charge. (The free BBEdit mode replaces BBEdit’s earlier TextWrangler app.)


TextMate is a “powerful and customizable text editor” for the Mac from MacroMates Ltd. with support for “a huge list of programming languages”, HTML markup, and general use. Designed to bridge “Unix underpinnings and GUI” to “cherry-pick the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike”, TextMate offers project grouping, window tabs, text folding, macros, text snippets, regular expressions, syntax highlighting, WebKit-based HTML previews, column editing, auto-completion, visual bookmarks, shell commands and much more (see the TextMate 2 manual and “TextMate 2 Basics” posts for more details).

TextMate 2.0.6 is available as a free open-source download for macOS 10.12 and up (and older versions support Mac systems back to Mac OS X 10.4/PowerPC), or it can be purchased at $56.

Coda and Prompt

Coda is a website editing app from Panic Inc. that combines text and HTML editing and validation (with autocompletion, auto-indentation, code folding, dynamic placeholders, preview, etc.); integrated CSS and MySQL editors; site management (with SFTP, WebDAV, and S3 support, Git and SVN support, and one-click publishing); iCloud sync; reference materials; plug-ins and more.

Coda 2.7.5 is priced at $99 for OS X 10.11 and up. The latest version includes updates for macOS Catalina. (Older versions are available to support earlier Macs.)

Coda 2.2.15 is a mobile version, priced at $24.99 for iOS 10 and up, that offers text editing with syntax highlighting, an SSH terminal, SFTP support, file management/sync, find/replace, code clippings, and more.

Prompt 2.6.12 is an SSH client for iOS, priced at $14.99 for iOS 10 and up.


Atom is a “hackable”, cross-platform text editor from GitHub (now part of Microsoft), built on the Electron framework. Features include multi-pane views, GitHub integration, find/replace, “smart” autocompletion, a file system browser,  built-in package management, user interface themes and the ability to “tweak the look and feel of your UI with CSS/Less, and add major features with HTML and JavaScript.” (See Atom Flight Manual for more detailed documentation.)

Atom 1.42 is a free, open-source download for OS X 10.9 and later, Linux and Windows.