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15 Great Free Code Text Editors Alternatives

Carlos Pinho
By | 2017-08-04T21:23:15+00:00 Mar 27, 2017|Code|

Although there are several IDEs dedicated to specific programming languages, a programmer still needs a cool code text editor. Today we present some of the most popular and free code editors which provide nice features that can make any programmer life easier.

Sublime Text

Sublime Text Code Editor

Sublime Text, while being a lightweight text editor, provides powerful IDE-like features, Python scripting, and the ability to customize every aspect of the editor itself, letting users code and refactor with speed and efficiency. Currently, there is Sublime Text 3 beta, which you can download for free. You can also get the #2 version. Sublime Text may be downloaded and evaluated for free, however, a license must be purchased for continued use. There is currently no enforced time limit for the evaluation.

Atom Code Editor

One fo the most popular code editor from GitHub and one the most preferred among developers due to its features. ATOM allows developers to access to the semantic of several programming languages, Git integration and of course, Github, customized themes and access to the development community which is building modules and extensions for ATOM. It was written in HTML and Javascript and the user can easily customize the UI with CSS.

Notepad++ Code Editor

Notepad++ is one of the most powerful code editors available for free. It’s light and recognizes approximately 40 different programming languages. uses syntax highlight system, excellent for any developer.

Light Table
Light Table Code Editor

Light Table is considered one innovative and modern code editor, which can be easily customized, embed graphics and see in real time the result of a certain code. You should try it.

Bluefish Code Editor

Bluefish is another great and powerful code editor, recommended either to developers as for web designers. it allows developing over several programming languages, like HTML, PHP, C, Javascript, Java, Python, Perl and others. bluefish was firstly developed in 1997 with the purpose to help those using Linux OS.

Brackets Code Editor

Considered as the substitute of gedit, Brackets is a versatile code editor, which can easily be improved with the several available extensions. It was developed by Adobe.

VIM Text Editor

VIM is one of the main code editors of GNU/Linux. Great features and performance and this why is the preferred tool for the most part of the users. UI is not very friendly and at the beginning, it is difficult to get used to the editor.


Emacs Code EditorEmacs is like a Swiss Military knife. Good for anyone, writers, programmers, analysts. Developed originally by MIT.

ICEcoder Code Editor

Have you ever thought to have a code editor on a Chrome tab, with all features available? ICE Coder supports several languages, such as PHP, C, Lua, Moonscript, etc.

CodeRunner 2
CodeRunner 2 - Code Editor

An advanced, highly flexible, and easy-to-use programming editor for your Mac. CodeRunner supports currently 23 programming languages, but can easily extend support to additional languages. Delivers big IDE features while remaining lightweight and clutter-free.

Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

Maybe the most know code editor among pros and non-pros. The IntelliSense tech is maybe one of the most powerful pros of this code, which lets you autocomplete your code, instead of the usual syntax highlight feature.

Komodo Edit

Komodo Edit supports only limited programming languages which include HTML5, TCL, XML, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, Perl, CSS3, and PHP. The advanced version of this text editor is available, which extends the workflow giving the ability to work on group/team.

KompoZer Code Editor

Cool code editor for newbies and non-developers. Mozilla-powered Web Authoring System, features like web file management, WYSIWYG web page editing and support for 21 programming languages.

NeoVIM Code Editor

As the name indicates, this is the new version based on VIM. It offers the ability to install several plugins which can improve a lot your tasks.


Spaceemacs Code Editor

Spacemacs is an attempt to melt in one single tool the advantages and features of VIM and Emacs.

About the Author:

Carlos Pinho
A father, a husband and a geek... Carlos was the founder of projects like The Tech Labs and Flash Enabled Blog. He is the founder of TekTuts He is passionate about technologies. Their main skills are in analytics, transport & logistics, business administration. He also writes about programming resources, trends, strategy and web development.