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 interactions with BBEdit and with Bare Bones Software, Inc. are protected by our privacy policy.

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:

What’s New

Version 13.1.3

BBEdit 13.1.3 is a recommended update for all customers. This version includes an assortment of fixes for customer-reported issues, including a bug which caused the Search menu to display incorrect information or crash the application when pulled down. The full change notes are too long to include in the space allowed, but are available via the "Support" link on BBEdit's page in the App Store app.

BBEdit 13.1 introduced significant feature additions and refinements, including (but not limited to): improved HTML previewing; advanced control over Markdown rendering; a new “Run Unix Command” command; significant improvements to its built-in CSS syntax coloring and navigation support; and built-in HTML Tidy commands.

Ratings and Reviews

daboyter ,

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.

LexisLuther ,

Bare Bones trying to pull a fast one?

I purchased a version of BBEdit from the app store at the begining of 2018 for a good chunk of change. I've previously enjoyed the features of the application and find no reason to ask for change. Expecting, given I paid full purchase price, that this software would remain functional until they developed features warranting my repeat business. However, in October of this year, Bare Bones used the app store to "upgrade" me to an unlicensed version (v13) of the software that now requires a monthly subscription to continue to function. Luckily I retained a copy in my timemachine backup from the day prior to it's release and have reclaimed what I rightfully paid for and should be allowed to continue using under that purchase agreement. I'm writing this review as a warning that this company has no qualms about sneaking you into an unagreeable subscription without warning. Everyone wants recurring revenue... but I don't care for having additional bills for every bit of software that I occasionally use. They should give their previously loyal customer's (as was I) the option (subscription with software updates) or flat pricing without updates. These should be separate items in the App Store. They never should have replaced a fully paid App Store application with a manditory subscription based one. :(

Developer Response ,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and I'm sorry to hear that you're unhappy.

However, something isn't lining up. You wrote: "I purchased a version of BBEdit from the app store at the begining[sic] of 2018 for a good chunk of change."

BBEdit was absent from the Mac App Store from October of 2014, until April of 2019. So there isn't any way you could have purchased BBEdit in the Mac App Store at the beginning of 2018.

If you purchased a BBEdit license at any point after October 2014 but *before* April 2019, then by definition you must have purchased a  "perpetual" BBEdit license, and those are only available directly from us.

That license is still valid and in effect, and if you're having trouble because the Mac App Store has overwritten your directly downloaded BBEdit app with the Mac App Store version, please write to us via our support page and we'll be happy to help you straighten this situation out.

orangekay ,

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.


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macOS 10.14 or later, 64-bit processor



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