5 best text editors for Mac, Linux and Windows

Have you ever had to use a specific programming language to create a file from scratch? Are you at all familiar with building files with extensions like txt, reg, bat, js, etc?

If the answer’s yes, then you most certainly are familiar with a text editor, and what it is. So, in essence, you do know what a text editor is, but can you really tell which one is the best?

Below we’ve listed the top 5 best text editor for Mac, Linux and Windows to make you more productive while coding.

The 5 best text editors are:

  1. Visual Studio Code
  2. VIM
  3. Brackets
  4. Sublime
  5. Notepad++

Visual Studio Code

The Visual Studio Code tops the 5 best text editors list.

Visual Studio Code is a very powerful and free text editor that you will love using. Its design and power will convince you that it’s an IDE. So, that’s clear that out immediately – it’s not. 

The text editor for Windows is capable of contextual code completion as it has a built-in Intellisense.

Actually, there are a lot of features that are built into this text editor just to make you feel comfortable and make you more efficient.

This source code editor fashions a tabbed interface as many other text editors do.

There also is a “Zen Mode” to hide all the menus and windows so you can solely focus on your work and code. Additionally, you will get a built-in Git integration, and a built-in debugging feature to run your code with breakpoints and call stacks.

This is an ideal text editor as you can open an entire folder or a project in it. And even with all those features and built-in features it doesn’t lack speed or performance at all!

Visual Code Studio Text Editor

Visual Code Studio Text Editor


Just like Emacs, Vim and it’s variants are completely available for any operating system with CLI. And it’s completely free!

This code editor is configurable and, while it’s not lightweight at all, it’s not too heavy either.

Vim supports a large number of languages, so no worries there.

The capability of Vim for Mac is to keep a history of your actions that help you repeat or undo the same.

Additionally, the CLI centered Mac text editor can automatically recognize file types. You might feel Vim as challenging until you reach the not so small learning curve of it. It also packs features such as error detection, syntax highlighting, and customizability.





If you’re a web designer, we probably don’t need to introduce you to Brackets, which is one of the best text editors specifically meant for web developers.

You can easily view and edit text documents using it.

One thing that really gets your eyes while coding on Brackets is the tremendously clean and modern interface that it offers.

This also is a cross-platform text editor that is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Additionally, it features syntax highlighting and no-distraction mode – and a lot of keyboard shortcuts.

If you want to edit multiple files, the split-screen option is available for you in this code editor.

Live preview is also another feature that you should benefit from which gives you a real-time update of the file in the default web browser. Also, “Working files” are is capable of opening all the files that belong to a single project.

You can also change the theme of the text editor between dark and light – or get more themes from the extension manager.




Sublime is a feature-packed text editor compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

It’s categorized as evaluation software, or in other words, you can try it for free with no time limit. Then you have to pay a price around 70$ to get the full license.

Another charming feature is that sublime text stays fast and responsive even on less-powerful devices.

This text editor for Linux features robust search functionality within the app. There is a distraction-free mode to help you concentrate, by hiding away all the confusion. You can select multiple lines and make changes to them simultaneously in the Sublime text editor.

One area where this code editor glows is the keyboard shortcuts. You will get to use a large number of keyboard commands to explore inside this text editor Mac.

Furthermore, you could also customize these shortcuts to your convenience and even chain the shortcuts together to accomplish complicated and fast operations.

To open many documents at the same time, this text editor has got a tabbed interface. You can see where you are in the document by looking at the right side of the window. Also, you can see the bird’s eye view of the same.

The sublime text also presents plugins and add-ons for specific programming languages.

Sublime text editor

Sublime text editor


If you are new to programming and want to have the simplest text editor then it’s definitely Notepad++.

It most definitely will be the first text editor one may stumble upon.

This text editor is for Windows only and it is free. One of the plus points of this text editor is its simple interface.

You can get a customizable interface with Notepad++. Are you more into a minimal and simple interface or do you rather prefer the toolbar-rich interface? You can choose either of them based on your preference.

Another thing about the user interface of Notepad++ that the users would find useful is the tabbed interface. This would help you to work on many documents with ease.

The document map is a feature of Notepad++ which gives a view of where you are standing in your work at any given time.

And there are those small but very productive features such as auto-completiontext-shorteningmacro recordingshortcut customization and more.

You can also do syntax highlighting and it is customizable. You can get Notepad++ either as an installable app or as a portable app so that you can even run it from a flash drive/cloud storage service.



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