Best Text Editors and IDE For Programmers

Text editor and IDE's play an important role in the development process of an application. IDE's and Text editors boost up the development time of an application. It can be used to analyze typo bugs early. There are lots of things you can gain from IDE's and Text editor that are made for programmers than a usual Notepad.

Below are some of the best text editor's used by all the developers around the world. They are categorized as open source and commercial editor.

Open Source Editors


Brackets Editor

Brackets is a open source text editor mainly focusing on web development created by Adobe. It has rich features that can aid you mainly in Web Design. Visit

It's features include,

  • Inline Editors
  • Live Preview
  • Preprocessor Support(less/sass)

Komodo Edit

Komod Editor showing list of Supported Languages

Komodo edit is a product by Active State. It is a good editor supporting a lots of programming language. This is well suited for developing many kinds of application development. It also comes with a lot of good features and themes. You can download it here


Aptana Editor

Aptana is another open source editor best suited for web development. It has features that most of the IDE's provide for the web development. It can be downloaded here


Notepad++ is very very lighweight, fast and free source code editor. It supports several programming languages. This is one my favourite editor in windows for the most common file types. Visit

Commercial Editors

Komodo IDE

Komodo IDE is the product from the same Active state company who developed Komodo Edit. After using komodo edit you would most probably want to buy komodo IDE because it's features are awesome. Give it a try by downloading the trial here


Sublime Editor

Sublime Text would be one of the best and most loved text editor. Its interface and its typo will be awesome. You surely want to use sublime text for your development process. It has support for regular expression and more other features. The official site states sublime as,

"Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.
You'll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance."

Editors for Mac OS


Sublime also works perfectly well in Mac OS, most of the developers use it in Mac.

Text Mate

TextMate Editor

TextMate is one of the most popular editor in Mac os. It has a wide range of users and developers using it all across the world. You can get it here

"TextMate brings Apple's approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike."


Coda is alo one of favourite editor for mac. It's interface is good and it has its own features. You can have a try of it by downloading it here

BB Edit

BBEdit for Mac OS

Mac users are very lucky in having a editor like this. Its because this available only for Mac and it is one of the best editor with large user base. It is most useful in the web development, shell scripting and more other features are available. You can download it here

I have listed here a list of most useful and widely used text editors and IDE's. Each has its own features and downsides. Its up to the user to choose a editor that better fits their needs and taste. Just give every thing a try and choose the one which is best for you.