Textastic Code Editor 4+

Text, Coding, SFTP Client, SSH

Alexander Blach

    • $9.99



Textastic is a comprehensive and versatile text and code editor for iPad and iPhone. It supports syntax highlighting of more than 80 programming and markup languages. Connect to SFTP, FTP, and WebDAV servers or to your Dropbox account. Use the built-in SSH terminal to work directly on your server.

• Syntax highlighting of more than 80 languages: HTML, JavaScript, CSS, C++, Swift, Objective-C, Rust, XML, Markdown, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, Lua, YAML, JSON, SQL, shell scripts and many more (full list available on the website)
• Compatible with Sublime Text 3 and TextMate 1 syntax definitions and themes
• Code completion for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C, Objective-C, and PHP
• SFTP (SSH connection), FTP, FTPS (FTP over SSL), WebDAV and Dropbox clients
• SSH terminal connections
• Git repositories from the Git client app Working Copy can be opened as external folders in Textastic
• Emmet support
• JavaScript console
• iCloud Drive file synchronization
• WebDAV server to easily transfer files from your Mac or PC over Wi-Fi.
• Symbol list to quickly navigate in a file
• Full support for external keyboards, trackpads, and mice
• Configurable keyboard shortcuts
• Displays additional keys over the virtual keyboard to make it easy to type characters often used for programming
• Cursor navigation wheel for easy text selection
• Easily move the cursor using swipe gestures
• Split View and Slide Over multitasking on iPad
• Open multiple files in tabs
• Multiple Windows on iPadOS
• Support for Dark Mode
• Supports most encodings like UTF-8, UTF-16, and ISO-8859-1
• Supports different tab widths and soft tabs (spaces instead of tabs)
• Custom fonts
• Find & Replace (including regular expression search)
• Find in multiple files
• File information like character count and word count
• Local and remote web preview for HTML and Markdown files

Don't hesitate to tell me the features you want to see in the next version!


What’s New

Version 10.3.2

- The font "System (SF Mono)" can now be selected in the code editor and SSH terminal settings.
- You can now add Dropbox folders that are available in the Files app as external folders to Textastic! There has been a recent update to the Dropbox app so that it is now possible to open entire folders and not just individual files with the iOS file picker.
- Improved the folder selection to work much better with external folders that need to retrieve information from a server (like Dropbox and Secure ShellFish).
- Added two new FTPS settings: you can now set the minimum and maximum TLS version to be used when connecting to FTPS servers. More information below.
- The names in the FTP settings have been updated to use the term "TLS" instead of "SSL".
- The web preview now supports landscape orientation on all iPhone models.
- Fixed: When using an external keyboard on iPhone, the additional keys above the on-screen keyboard now avoid the home indicator area.
- Fixed: Bold, italicized text (e.g. in Markdown) was displayed either in bold or italics, but not both at the same time.
- Fixed: Some files (including TypeScript files) did not open in the editor in Textastic 10.3.
- Other minor improvements.

Additional information on why the FTPS settings for the minimum and maximum TLS version were added:

Textastic uses libcurl to transfer files to FTPS servers. On some FTPS servers, uploading a file with curl when using TLS 1.3, if the file is larger than about 18 KB, may result in a "partial upload" error and a 0-byte file on the server.

To work around this partial file upload issue, you can reduce the maximum TLS version to 1.2.

Note: This is only relevant for FTPS connections. SFTP connections are not affected.

This issue has also been reported to the curl project and will hopefully be fixed in a future update of the library. In the meantime, you can use this workaround.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

Master-and-Commander ,

The Big T application FANTASTIC

LOVE IT! I am an old mainframe guy, and most of my career I used Xedit. I want to say Kedit was
For DOS or Command Line but no GUI. So basically PC based, maybe AIX or Red Hat. Just not sure. My point is Xedit and Kedit were soraly missed. GUI is OK but the dev. For Windows, AIX, or day Redhat stuck to what they knew. Sad.

Your T-Rex editor name (I like that better than Textastic name. The other does not sing). I was using NOTES+++ for a while, rich with function, but not intuitive. It would take an investment on time to fully understand. Plus, I really never trusted it. Nothing is Free. How to the get $$.

T-isfortext or T-Rex are better names. To the point. I LIKE IT! It’s simple, intuitive, lite-weight, offers numerous function. It’s the closest to a green screen than you can get.

The other editor I have is TextEdit and it looks to be very nice. But there is a learning curve and I just cannot spare the time right now. I will sit down with it sooner or later.

Wish list. If you could purchase Kedit, not sure it’s avail, and integrate if making it available again would be great.

2 points.
(1) you have a really good product with T-Rex (Textastic) do whatever you can to keep quality HIGH.

(2) Please Stay far away from subscription base charge back. Do not! Stay away! If you need funds to maintain or grow application, get with me and I’ll propose a model that will do just that.

vriley ,

I do all my web development in this app

Yes, I have a Macbook Pro with all the latest web dev tools. But I always have my iPad with me, and I end up doing all my development with Textastic. It has its own local file structure so you can build the server folder and file structure locally and develop with relative links. You can store all the resources (graphics, images, scripts, stylesheets, etc.) in their proper places so the entire site can be uploaded as it exists on the device. My typical workflow starts with Graphic for graphic and image resources, Pixelmator to edit images to size, and Textastic for html, css, and Javascript as needed. iCloud files are synced automatically so I can pick up on any device, and upload to the web host directly from the iCloud directories. This is one of the essential apps that make the iPad so incredibly useful.

buckwheat144 ,

My Macbook is gathering dust

I’m not a developer; I work in email marketing, so my use case is pretty simple and pretty much just consists of building out our content in raw HTML. This app is so simple and straightforward to use that I’ve actually begun doing 100% of my job from my iPad Pro. The times I’ve gone back to the text editor on Mac, I’ve kind of just wished I was using this app instead. Can’t speak to the more advanced features it has but if you just need a quick, simple text editor and are curious about living the iPad life, give it a shot!

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.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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