BBEdit 4+

Legendary text and code editor

Bare Bones Software, Inc.

    • 4.1 • 186 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



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, Big Sur, and Monterey.

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, Automator, and Shortcuts 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 14.6.3

The BBEdit 14.6 release features improvements to text rendering, including support for font ligatures, expanded Unicode compatibility, and improved performance. The 14.6.3 update is recommended for all BBEdit 14 customers, and includes improved compatibility with macOS Ventura, fixes for reported issues, and additional performance and stability improvements. Complete details are available in the change notes available on the Help menu, as well as via the product support link on this page.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
186 Ratings

186 Ratings

JkTuff ,

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 "" and we will be happy to help.

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.

mbl1230 ,

best support I have ever encountered

The basic (free) version of BBedit does everything I need in an editor although I am not a regular user. When I tried to use the program after an update to version 14 the it crashed on startup. I sent a support email and within probably less than 15 minutes had a response. A few minutes after I responded to a request for some crash reports I received another email with a link that fixed the problem. It is a shame that not all support is so responsive.

App Privacy

The developer, Bare Bones Software, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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