Textastic 4+

Alexander Blach

    • 3.7 • 6 Ratings
    • $10.99



Textastic is a powerful and fast text, code, and markup editor.

• Syntax highlighting of more than 80 programming and markup languages
• Supported file types include HTML, JavaScript, CSS, XML, Markdown, Objective-C, Swift, C++, PHP, Perl, Python, SQL, shell scripts and many more
• Compatible with TextMate and Sublime Text 3 syntax definitions and themes
• Code completion for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, C, and Objective-C
• Open files in tabs
• Open folders in a sidebar
• Find in files
• Print files
• Symbol list to quickly navigate in a file
• Emmet support built-in
• Auto Save and Versions
• iCloud document sync
• Full support for Dark Mode

Please note: You can use Textastic for iPad and iPhone to sync files between the Mac and iOS versions of Textastic using iCloud.

What’s New

Version 5.0

Textastic 5.0 adds full support for macOS Big Sur with a refreshed user interface and an updated app icon. This release is a macOS Universal app, which can run natively on both Apple Silicon Macs and Intel-based Macs.

• macOS Big Sur: fully updated for compatibility with the latest version of macOS.
• Universal app: runs natively on both Apple Silicon Macs and Intel-based Macs.

• Fixed "Open In…" performance problems on Macs with many CPU cores (e.g. Mac Pro).
• Improved declaration of supported file types so that it works better with other installed apps that can open the same kinds of files.
• Other minor fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

ekchew ,

Migrating from TextMate

I've been a long-time TextMate guy but found it's been getting buggy of late and was looking for an alternative. I was using Textastic on iPad because it supports TextMate bundles—at least for syntax definitions. So when I realized Textastic was also on the Mac, it was a no-brainer. I bought it instantly!

It's a solid editor with some interesting features. Like the folder view on the left is quite customizable, for example. I think the only one serious omission that I reserve the last star for is multi-file find & replace. There seems to be mult-file find and single file find & replace at this point.

Other less-critical wish list features include:
- A soft-wrap mode.
- A more customizable tab length. I occasionally have to edit assembly files (yes, pity me) where a longer tab length helps legibility. So maybe there could be a tab length tied to syntax definition? As it is, I have to change the single global length and change it back. Not the end of the world, to be fair.
- A little more scriptablity in general? That's what I loved about TextMate. But I noticed you can do custom code completions at least, so that's something. :)

Anonymousilicious ,

Can’t handle large files, don’t expect a refund

Program purports to be fast. Try opening a 100mb file, and then entering a few characters in the middle of it. Glacial, beach ball sadness. Now try that in Sublime, or UltraEdit. No problem. Refund request said “not eligible”, YMMV. iOS app has been great, but this isn’t desktop grade.

Rob Watts ,

This is a capable program

I’ve used this editor for a pretty long time. I’m generally happy with it.

My main peeve is that upon opening, it will prompt for a new document instead of just opening to a default blank document. I’m told this is a default behavior that the operating system governs and that may be, but other apps (sublime, textwrangler, vs-code etc) found away around it. I think it has something to do with iCloud support, which I don’t “need”. I’d prefer this to be an option.

Also many, if not most, text editors perform terribly when you open really huge files. To that end, and I’m responding to another comment here, Texttastic is not alone.

Edited Aug 14th 2017:

One thing that really bothers me and I forgot to mention this, is that you can’t view invisibles like line breaks and tabs. I find this a real oversight.

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