The Code and Text Editor of Champions
BBEdit goes way beyond the basics. Meet the do-everything text tool.
Legendary text and code editor
BBEdit is the Swiss Army Knife of text editors. Whether you’re editing source code, writing a novel, or building a website, BBEdit will make your life easier.
Take its unparalleled search capabilities. In addition to hunting within a single document, BBEdit can look across multiple files. The app supports regular expressions as well as programming and web development patterns (so you can convert, say, a series of spaces to a tab, or change all HTML tags to lowercase). You can even save custom search terms and patterns and reuse them any time.
BBEdit is also incredibly fast and powerful. It can handle gigantic documents that would bring lesser apps to their knees, and will open just about any file type you throw at it—even Unicode ones with glyphs found in Japanese and Cyrillic alphabets.
The app has also been optimized for Mac with the Apple M1 chip—running over twice as fast when performing CPU-intensive tasks, according to Rich Siegel, founder of developer Bare Bones Software.
Coders will appreciate BBEdit’s full-text completion for a range of programming languages. Bloggers will cheer the app’s Markdown support, web developers the comprehensive HTML tools (including context-sensitive tag and attribute editing—and drag-and-drop HTML snippets). And everyone benefits from syntax highlighting and code folding to hide sections you’re not actively working on.
Although BBEdit is unquestionably a pro-level tool, it’s accessible enough for anyone to get the hang of. (Don’t be shy about using the company’s excellent tech support resources and user manual.) For anyone whose workflow requires whipping text into shape, BBEdit has long been an essential tool for over a quarter century.