BBEdit is the leading professional text, code, and markup editor for the Macintosh.
As the "go to" tool for web site designers, web application developers, writers, and software developers, this award-winning product provides an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text, code, and HTML/XML markup.
As a replacement for TextWrangler, BBEdit is built by the same developers, using the same award-winning technology, and is identical to TextWrangler in every way you're used to. BBEdit is 64-bit and compatible with macOS Catalina.
An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit’s best-of-class features, including: grep pattern matching; search and replace across multiple files; project definition tools; function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages; code folding; FTP and SFTP open and save; AppleScript and Automator support; Unix scripting support; text and code completion; a complete set of robust HTML tools; and more.
BBEdit offers a 30-day evaluation period (beginning the first time you use it on your computer), during which its full feature set is available.
During the evaluation period, BBEdit is fully functional. After the evaluation period has expired, you can continue to use BBEdit for free, forever, with no nag screens or unsolicited interruptions.
In “free mode”, BBEdit provides a modified set of features, which incorporates a powerful set of core features. Using BBEdit in free mode costs you nothing, while providing an upgrade path to advanced features and capabilities.
To enable BBEdit’s advanced features after the evaluation period is over, you will need to have an active BBEdit subscription. Subscriptions are available on either a monthly or annual basis.
An active subscription gives you access to all of BBEdit’s advanced features, including any new features that we introduce during updates or major upgrades, for as long as the subscription is in good standing.
Please see our comparison chart for a detailed listing of which advanced features are available with a subscription.
Subscription terms and conditions:
We do not collect any data from your use of BBEdit, whether or not a subscription is in effect.
Your use of BBEdit is governed by the terms of its end-user license.
When you purchase a subscription, payment will be charged to your iTunes Account upon confirmation of purchase.
Your subscription will renew automatically, unless you cancel your subscription at least 24 hours prior to the end of the currently active subscription period. Your iTunes Account will be charged for the renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the currently active subscription period, and your account history will reflect the cost of the renewal.
You can manage your subscription and cancel automatic renewal by going to your "Manage my Subscriptions" page after purchase.
Purchasing a subscription will permanently end your evaluation period, and forfeits any unused portion of the evaluation period, if applicable.
For the full text of the BBEdit end user license for Mac App Store customers, please visit this page on our web site: https://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/appstore/terms.html
This major upgrade to BBEdit features (but is not limited to): a new feature for creating and storing notes; virtual-environment support via Anaconda; available enhanced code completion and navigation (enabled by built-in Language Server Protocol support); support for Emmet abbreviation expansion; built-in language support for Go, Rust, R, TOML, Pixar USDA, Lisp-like languages, and more; and many other enhancements and refinements. Complete details on the additions and changes in this version (over a hundred in all) are available via the Product Support link on the app listing page, or by choosing "Change Notes" from the Help menu after updating BBEdit.
New advanced features are available immediately to all customers with an active subscription. Customers who have been using BBEdit in Free Mode, as well as customers who are currently evaluating BBEdit, will get a fresh 30-day evaluation period in which to try out all of BBEdit's advanced features.
Ratings and Reviews
Favorite editor, back to 5 stars if licensing fixed!
I love this editor. I've been using it for over 15 years. Tried VS free edition, came back, tried Atom, came back. This new licensing method has become a huge pain. I've got to have access to the app store to use all features, and I'm tied to the app store if I want to continue using this, and I have to keep paying you a subscription even though my old version that I had a fixed license for does everything that I need?? Apparently you've forgotten, and foresaken your early adopters.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your comments! Please note:
- you are not "tied to the app store" if you want to use BBEdit. You are welcome to download and install BBEdit from our web site.
- you do not have to "keep paying a subscription"; we offer a perpetual license which is valid for the version you purchased — we're just not able to do it here in the Mac App Store.
- as a long-time BBEdit customer (which we appreciate, make no mistake), you probably have a BBEdit license from before the Mac App Store existed. If so you're eligible for discounted upgrade pricing to the current direct-download version. Please write to us at "email@example.com" and we will be happy to help.
Lost touch with reality decades ago
BBEdit was incredible back in the days when WebSTAR and Dreamweaver were still a thing and for many, many years I could not imagine living without it. These days, it's a far cry from adequacy as a web development tool. From its anemic syntax highlighting options to its flat out lack of support for any language newer than Markdown, this application is a dinosaur that appeals primarily to nostalgic sorts who don't actually build websites for a living. I mean, if you look at BareBones' site for BBEdit right now you'll find most of the links 404, even the one that says it'll tell you "What's new in 12." They're probably the only people in the world still cowboy coding right on an SFTP server anymore and it shows.
The sole reason I continue to keep it on my hard drive is the "Zap Gremlins" feature. It's wonderful and no modern editor has anything quite as simple or effective. Thank goodness I can have that for free.
Favorite Text Editor
BBEdit is my absolute favorite text editor. I use it for taking notes, managing bash scripts that I'm working on, writing fiction, todo lists, writing quick items for the Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes guild I'm in, writing documentation for work, editing mobileconfig files, and a host of other things.
It's rock solid, fast, easy to use and has tons of great features to manage the text I'm writing and manipulating.
I'm really excited that Apple and BareBones were able to work together to get BBEdit back in the Mac App Store. If you're looking for a multi-tool for text, this one is best-in-class.
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- Bare Bones Software, Inc.
- 23.4 MB
- Developer Tools
- Requires macOS 10.14.2 or later.
- Age Rating
- © 1992-2020, Bare Bones Software, Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- BBEdit Monthly $3.99
- BBEdit Annual $39.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.