The 10 Most Efficient Text Editors For Programming In 2017


If you’re a developer, designer or a general writer – you’ll know just how important it is to find the right tools to accommodate your style and find what suits you best. This helps improve productivity, usability and just makes your life much, much easier!

One of the fundamental tools in a developer’s back pocket includes text editors, an essential asset towards programming and development.

However, identifying the right text editor usually requires in-depth experimentation and analysis in order to adequately judge the effectiveness of the application. To speed up this process, I’ve composed a directory of ten of the most efficient text editors in 2017.




1 – ATOM

Atom is best known as the open source “hackable text editor for the 21st Century.” The software was written and developed by GitHub and has had substantial interest since its launch in 2008.

Straight out of the box, Atom is fully equipped with integrated features. This includes a file system browser, multiple panes for maximum productivity and smart autocompletion capabilities. In addition, users can search and install new ‘packages’ to further expand the program’s functionality.

However, it’s worth mentioning that Atom is one of the “heavier” text editors on this list, and consumes a fair amount of memory.

Platforms: Windows, Mac OSX & Linux  //  Download

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  • Open source and free to use.
  • Cross-platform editing.
  • User-friendly interface.
  • Smart autocompletion, file system browser etc.
  • Easy expandability with thousands of packages.





2 – Brackets

A modern, open source text editor that understands web design.”

Brackets is an excellent text editor for front-end development such as HTML and CSS. If you’re a web designer, Brackets could be your new best friend. The software was created by Adobe and is equipped with a bunch of useful features including inline editors, preprocessor support and a live browser preview.

Platforms: Windows, Mac OSX & Linux  //  Download

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  • Lightweight, yet powerful and responsive with an effective UI.
  • Perfectly suited to front-end development and web design.
  • Inline editors, preprocessor support and live browser previews.
  • Extensive support for front-end languages.
  • Easy-to-use extension manager to manage themes and extensions.





3 – Notepad++

If we don’t include Windows Notepad, the award for the most nostalgic, conventional text editor would undoubtedly go to Notepad++

Although Notepad++ was initially released over ten years ago, it still competes with the best of modern text editors. The editor is extremely lightweight, reliable and almost flawless, with the ability to cope with large files without crashing.

There are also thousands of plugins and themes available, a handful of features and support for over fifty programming languages.

Platforms: Windows  //  Download

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  • Extremely lightweight and reliable.
  • Autocompletion capabilities (words, functions etc.)
  • User-friendly interface, perfect for beginners.
  • Multi-language support.





4 – Sublime Text 3

Sublime Text is an effective, lightweight text editor with a handful of features to play with. It’s an awesome alternative to an integrated development environment (IDE) and performs with great accuracy and stability.

You’re able to change the syntax to suit different programming languages, alter and improve functionality with various plugins and generally customise it to suit your style.

Platforms: Windows, Mac OSX & Ubuntu  //  Download

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  • Lightweight and responsive with an effective UI.
  • Cross-platform (supports Windows, Mac & Ubuntu.)
  • Lots of available plugins for easy customisation.
  • Tonnes of integrated features to play with.
  • Multiple selections. Interactively change multiple lines simultaneously.
  • Command Palette. Easy access to functionality.





5 – Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is an excellent alternative to Microsoft’s Visual Studio, enabling developers to use the integrated editor without installing the entire Visual Studio package.

The editor supports all major platforms and allows seamless coding and development in a lightweight, simplistic editor.

Platforms: Windows, Mac OSX & Ubuntu  //  Download

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  • An excellent alternative to Visual Studio.
  • Enable additional languages, themes, debuggers, commands etc. with available extensions.
  • Supports over thirty different languages, including Microsoft’s fundamental languages (ASP.Net, C# etc.)





6 – Coda

“You code for the web. You demand a fast, clean, and powerful text editor. Pixel-perfect preview. A built-in way to open and manage your local and remote files. And maybe a dash of SSH. Say hello, Coda.”

Upon installation, Coda comes with some impressive features. The interface is beautifully designed, and customisation certainly isn’t an issue with the vast amount of themes and plugins available. However, the editor is only available to Mac users.

Platforms: Mac OSX  //  Download

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  • Beautifully designed interface.
  • Great customisation with a wide range of plugins and themes.
  • Syntax highlighting, symbol parsing etc.
  • Easy publishing.





7 – Turbo Editor

Developed by Vlad Mihalachi, Turbo Editor is a simplistic yet beautiful approach to smartphone technology. Exclusive to Android – it provides users with a touch-friendly interface and a handful of innovative features.

Platforms: Android (Smartphones & Tablets)  //  Download

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  • Smartphone and tablet compatibility.
  • Easy to use, touch-friendly interface.
  • Customisable appearance and themes.
  • Integrated file explorer.





8 – Gedit Text Editor

A clean and lightweight text editor with a strong resemblance to traditional applications. Gedit is a powerful tool that’s great for general purpose writing and development. The styling focuses on simplicity but can be customised with hundreds of available plugins.

Platforms: Windows & Mac OSX  //  Download

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  • Clean, simple and lightweight.
  • Configurable syntax highlighting for various programming languages.
  • Dynamic plugin system – easy to add new features.





9 – Light Table

Light Table is referred to as “the next generation code builder” and undoubtedly lives up to its name with its impressive collection of features and integrated functionality. The project was launched on Kickstarter by Chris Granger, which collected over 7,000 supporters and over $316,720 – pushing this masterpiece to the market.

Some of the built-in features include inline code evaluation, an integrated plugin manager, lightweight and sleek design etc.

Platforms: Windows, Mac & Linux (64-bit)  //  Download

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  • Clean and lightweight.
  • Inline code evaluation capabilities.
  • Available plugins and extensions + integrated plugin manager.
  • Open source.





10 – ICEcoder

The ICEcoder editor is a rather innovative approach to text editing, allowing users to work directly in the web browser. This works both online and offline and is incredibly lightweight and responsive.

ICEcoder offers a new way to create websites and eliminates the need for an external text editor. Only the browser is needed, thus memory consumption is reduced.

The editor includes a range of basic features, from broken tag indicators and code hints to additional themes and secure login systems.

Platforms: Windows, Mac OSX & Ubuntu  //  Download

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  • An innovative approach to web design.
  • Open-source and lightweight.
  • Simplistic on the surface, fully equipped inside. Features include broken tag indicators, code hints etc.
  • Theme and style customisation.




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