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12 Best Code Editors for Mac and Windows for Editing WordPress Files

We often get asked about what’s the best code editor for modifying WordPress files? Well you can use any plain text editor such as NotePad, however there are better editors out there with features like syntax highlighting, advanced find and replace, FTP integration, etc. In this article, we will show you some of the best code editors available for Mac and Windows users.

1. Notepad++


Notepad++ is a free and open source code editor for Windows. It is easy to use for beginners and highly powerful for advanced users. It comes with syntax highlighting for many languages including PHP, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. It also comes with a built-in FTP plugin that allows you to connect to your server and edit files directly without leaving the editor.

2. TextWrangler


TextWrangler came out of the popular BBEdit text editor. This powerful and feature rich text editor is a freeware. It comes with a very intuitive user interface that makes it super easy to browse files and work on projects. It has advanced search and replace tools, and it can directly edit and save files to FTP, SFTP servers. It offers syntax highlighting for many programing languages, fully supports utf-8, and even allows you to convert character encoding of text documents.

3. Coda


Coda is perhaps one of the most loved web development and programming editor for Mac. It is famous for its ridiculously good looking interface, and smart powerful features. It allows you to edit local or remote files, manage projects, work on multiple files at once with easy switching between tabs. It has built in terminal, debugger, web kit preview and inspector, and so many awesome features.

Code costs $99 for a single license but it is totally worth the price.

4. Sublime Text

Sublime Text

Sublime Text is a cross-platform code editor for Mac, Windows, and Linux. It comes with all the features you would expect from a powerful code editor and then some more. It looks beautiful and you can tweak the appearance to make it more comfortable for you. Sublime Text comes with advanced code editor features which allow you to autofill, autocomplete, reference function in a file, multiple selection, split editing, and many more.

Sublime Text is available on trial and a single license will cost you $70.

5. TextMate


TextMate promises to bring Apple’s approach to operating systems into a text editor. TextMate is a simple yet feature rich code editor for Mac. Easy clip board management, sophisticated find and replace, autocompletion, foldable code blocks, are some of the powerful features of TextMate.

TextMate is available for $60. It is also available as a free download.

6. Atom


Atom is a cross-platform code editor created by developers for developers. It is open source, and much like WordPress, Atom users can submit packages and themes for the software. It looks pretty and you can change the appearance by installing themes. It comes with built-in package manager to extend it, smart autocompletion, file system browser, multiple panes, find and replace.

7. BBEdit


BBEdit is a beautiful code and HTML editor for Mac. It comes with all the advanced features of a powerful code editor. Syntax highlighting, advanced find and replace, autocompletion, quick lookup, multiple tabs, splittable editing windows and much more.

BBEdit costs $49.99, you can also download a free trial version.

8. UltraEdit


UltraEdit is a powerful HTML and Code editor available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. It comes with a built-in file comparison utility, autocompletion, advanced layout, multi-tab, multi-pane editors, and syntax highlighting for the most popular programming languages.

UltraEdit costs $79.5 with a limited free trial version available for download.

9. Vim


Vim is an advanced text editor that brings the power of Vi to an equally powerful feature set. Vim is open source and available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Vim is so powerful and advanced that it is considered to be an IDE in its own way.

10. Brackets


Brackets was founded by Adobe to push web editors into the new age. It claims to be an advanced code editor that understands web designs. Brackets can take hints from a PSD file and allows you to write code faster and better. Brackets is open source and available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

11. CoffeeCup HTML Editor

CoffeeCup HTML Editor

CoffeeCup HTML Editor is an easy to use HTML editor for Windows. It supports PHP, HTML, Markdown, CSS and allows you to use autocomplete, syntax validation, semantic code, among many other features. CoffeeCup HTML editor is not the ideal code editor for many other languages but if you want to learn writing PHP, HTML, and CSS, then Coffee Cup HTML editor is a good place to start.

CoffeeCup HTML Editor costs $69 with a limited free trial version available for download.

12. Espresso


Espresso is a web development tool for Mac. It comes with a powerful code editor and built-in CSSEdit. It comes with beautiful interface and advanced features like drag and drop code snippets, code folding, navigator, live styling and X-ray preview.

Espresso is available for $75.

We hope this article helped you find the perfect code editor for your needs. You may also want to take a look at our WordPress theme cheat sheet for beginners

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  1. Hi, I’m looking for a CSS editor which can export mutiple *.css files with one CSS structure. These CSS files are same and only different with the value of some attribute, for example, color: #FFF in a.css and color: #000 in b.css….etc.,, the structure in these files are same, I want to export hundreds file for compare their difference in web browser, please give me some suggestion for applicable CSS editor software, thanks so much~

  2. Nice round-up, but it would have been even better if you’d highlighted the specific integrations, if any, with WordPress php. As it is, the title promises more than this round-up seems to deliver.

    For example, I think Textmate had or has a “bundle” for WordPress php and components.

  3. A number of very good editors here. I also like Metapad and Context Editor. Both are free. (I use Metapad more than any other editor except maybe KM tools like Evernote, OneNote, etc. Metapad is old but very stable, lean, and fast.)

  4. I grew up on Eclipse but when I retired and switched from Java to PHP, I switched to NetBeans. It not only checks syntax and supports keyword completion, it also supports debugging with breakpoints and watches along with single stepping. And it runs on any Java supported machine plus the price fits my budget – free.

      can you please suggest a link or video explain how can i debug WP in netbeans and how can i enable autocomplete ?

  5. Great post :)
    I use Brackets, it´s one of the best in my opinion. For more general purposes, I use Notepad++. On the iPad, I use Diet Coda, a very well designed and powerful app. I also tried Atom but wasn´t that satisfied…
    BTW, I also have a blog where I sometimes write about WordPress.

  6. I LOVE ShiftEdit, which is a Chrome app. I use a lot of different computers and all my sites are available no matter where I am.

  7. I use both Notepad++ and Brackets. Notepad++ is great for a quick file edit, while Brackets makes it easy to quickly work on multiple files at the same time.

  8. I would suggest Netbeans makes a great, free IDE for WordPress (especially if you use the WordPress plugins).

  9. Having used Coda 2 for the past 2 years, I would highly recommend it. Its advanced code editing, FTP features, and preview / web-browser functionality make this a breeze to use. A “1-stop shop” for web development.

    +1 for Coda.

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