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

3.3 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

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.

vincent.c.514 ,

Great Text Editor

Love and iphone app and on the mac it's just as great. Yea it dosen't have (S)FTP support like the IOS version but it's still a great and capable text editior!

Nadim Kobeissi ,

Needs work

Crashes when I tried to open multiple files, can't open folders, code completion leaves much to be desired, no tab completion…

This is a very 1.0 product. It can't compare to alternatives like TextMate 2 and Chocolat. Promising, but needs work.

App Privacy

The developer, Alexander Blach, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

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  • Family Sharing

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