The 11 Best Code Editors for 2019

Posted on January 3, 2019 by in Resources | 137 comments

The 11 Best Code Editors for 2019

Whether you’re a new web developer or a veteran code junkie, you need a code editor robust enough to handle everything you can throw at it. In fact, that might just be the most important part of your toolset. Since this is an ongoing search for most everyone the field, we wanted to give lay out some of the best options — both free and premium — for you to integrate into your workflow.

The 11 Best Code Editors Available in 2019

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We haven’t placed the editors below in any ranking order. A developer’s code editor is a personal choice, and we are not trying to create a dustup about whose personal favorite is being snubbed. Our only goal is to present the field of contenders as we see them and allow everyone to come to their own conclusions based on their personal needs and preferences.

So let’s get started!

Free Code Editors

1. Atom

Atom, a project started by Github, has established itself as one of the premiere code and text editors out there. The best part is that Atom is totally free, open source, and highly customizable. Built around a minimal core, Atom comes with multiple language-specific packages built in, and the library of community-written ones has exploded over the years since the editor was first released. Atom is as robust as you need it to be – if the editor doesn’t do something you need, you can create that feature yourself.

Key Features (out of the box):

  • File system browser
  • Fuzzy finder for quickly opening files
  • Fast project-wide search and replace
  • Multiple cursors and selections
  • Multiple panes
  • Snippets
  • Code folding
  • A clean preferences UI
  • Import TextMate grammars and themes
  • Highly extendable
  • Highly theme-able


  • MacOS
  • Windows
  • Linux

Atom is for you if…

…you’re the kind of person who likes to have your software be exactly what they want it to be and do exactly what you want it to do. With the growing library of mods and add-ons, Atom is one of the most customizable code editors out there. It works great out of the box, but its real power comes from the open source community around it and the almost infinite customizations you can add to it yourself.

Price: FREE | More Information

2. Sublime Text

Sublime Text is pretty close to the industry standard for text editors. There’s a reason for that. Being designed for code, markup, and prose is a big plus. They haven’t put the same consideration into their prose workflows as say, Scrivener or Final Draft, but you have the option of doing everything within one editor. Like Atom, Sublime Text has as an incredibly active package repository that extends its features far beyond the initial download.

Sublime Text is a beautiful, feature-rich code editor. Maybe the biggest draw is that it puts a premium on user experience. The UX is probably the tightest of every entry on the list. This us because of features like distraction-free writing mode, quick shortcuts/search, split editing, and much more. One of the biggest features users flaunt is the ridiculously intuitive keyboard shortcut system.

While there is an $80 price tag attached to Sublime, they offer an indefinite, never-ending trial. You have to deal with upgrade prompts as you open the editor occasionally, but you can use it as long as you wish to evaluate it. This is done on the honor system as the developers feel confident enough in their product that you’ll like it enough to pay to support continued development.

And once you get used to Sublime’s, well, sublime keyboard shortcuts, you’ll wonder how you ever wrote a word without them.

Key Features:

  • Goto Anything (lightning fast search/shortcuts)
  • Command Palette
  • Split Editing
  • Highly customizable
  • Multiple selections
  • Distraction free writing mode
  • Instant project switch
  • Plugin API
  • And more


  • Windows
  • MacOS
  • Linux

Sublime Text is for you if…

…you prefer a good user experience over everything else. That’s not saying Sublime Text doesn’t have the features you need for almost every project (it does), and that’s not saying that Sublime Text isn’t a workhorse that can’t handle major projects (it is and it can). It’s just that just using Sublime Text is the most memorable part of the whole package. And there’s a lot in the package.

Price: FREE (technically it’s an indefinite, never-ending trial of the $80 upgrade) | More Information

3. Notepad++

Notepad++ is an extremely popular text editor. That is in part because it’s free and GPL-licensed open source. Even more than that, though, the reason it’s one of the best text editors around is that it’s simple. Beginners and veterans can get everything they need out of it. Coders and developers often recommend this one as a great option for someone just getting into code editing and might be overwhelmed by the environment offered up by Sublime or Atom. Notepad++ is a wonderful, simple option not just for beginners, but developers at any level. A lot of professional devs use Notepad++ as their daily driver because it’s light, effective, and does what it needs to do.

The downside: the software is Windows-only. Many devs are on Mac or Linux, but for those living in Microsoft’s turf, this is a great option to try out since it’s free. You’ve got nothing to lose.

Key Features:

  • Syntax Highlighting
  • Syntax Folding
  • Search/Replace
  • Highly customizable
  • Auto-completion
  • Multi-document tab interface
  • Zoom in and out
  • Multi-language environment supported
  • And more


  • Windows

Notepad++ is for you if…

…you are new to code editors and want to ease your way in. Additionally, if you want a resource-light option, Notepad++ is it. Because of how simple and easy the developers have made it, you’re not going to bog down your system as you work. That means you might not be loading gigabytes of information at once, but for most people’s web development tasks and so on, Notepad++ is more than enough.

Price: FREE | More Information

4. Bluefish

Bluefish is more of an IDE than a real text editor, which means it may be a little advanced for brand new users. It’s free, supports pretty much every language because it’s open-source, and comes with a wide variety of useful features for use across many platforms. It’s constantly updated by the community that’s built itself around the editor and can handle some pretty complex code bases. You can edit in full-screen or wrap the text as you want, and the powerful search-and-replace tool keeps things tidy. The IDE also supports a lot of secure connections, so you won’t have to worry about a separate FTP client, as you can work on your sites and repos remotely from within Bluefish itself.

Key Features:

  • Lightweight
  • Integrated Development Environment
  • Multiple document interface
  • Project support
  • FTP/SFTP/HTTP/HTTPS/and more
  • Snippets sidebar
  • Unlimited undo/redo
  • Auto-recovery
  • Full-screen editing
  • Powerful search and replace
  • Customizable programming language support
  • And much more


  • Linux
  • BSD
  • MacOS
  • Windows
  • Solaris

Bluefish is for you if…

…you want to learn all the nuance and power of a full IDE. This might not be the best option for brand-new coders because working in an integrated development environment can be overwhelming at first, but if you’re willing to put in the effort to learn how the environment works, you will have a fantastic tool. With Bluefish, you can do a lot if you want to put in a bit of effort learning how to make it sing.

Price: FREE | More Information

5. Brackets

Brackets is another free and open-source editor. This time, it’s not simply a community-driven project: Adobe itself is behind this one. Yes, the Adobe. Of Photoshop, Illustrator, and so on. Because of that, expect polish and power.

Brackets is designed to be minimal-yet-powerful. It does, however, offer some unique and useful features. One of those features being Extract, a tool which allows you to extract information such as colors, fonts, gradients, measurements, directly from PSDs as clean CSS. For front-end developers working in a design agency who have to recreate pixel-perfect sites from mock-ups, there may be no better tool for you.

Key Features:

  • Extract
  • Constantly growing library of extensions
  • JavaScript refactoring
  • Git integration
  • W3C validation
  • Massive extension library
  • Inline editors
  • Live preview
  • Preprocessor report
  • And a whole lot more


  • Widows
  • Linux
  • MacOS

Brackets is for you if…

…you’ve already bought into the Adobe ecosystem. You will feel right at home if you’ve ever used any Adobe product regularly. Brackets feels like it is a part of Creative Cloud, even though it’s not. The UIs are similar, and it feels very natural if you’re coming from Photoshop or InDesign. Additionally, the Extract tool makes Brackets a near must-have for front-end devs who work with designers’ PDFs.

Price: FREE | More Information

6. VIM

Vim is hardcore. Let’s be clear about that upfront. Where Sublime Text, Notepad++, and some of the other editors on this list are newbie friendly, Vim is unapologetic in its utilitarian brutalism. From the official website down to the software itself, Vim is a coder’s tool for coders by coders.

Once you get past the UI and the steep learning curve, you’ll see why the text editor is designed the way it is. It does roughly everything all the other best text editors can do. But more than maybe anything else on the list, it’s designed for efficiency and function. Watching people code in Vim is like watching a concert pianist. The UI is keystroke based, and if you thought the Sublime Text keyboard shortcuts were helpful, when and if you can get used to Vim, the experience is unreal. If you try to go back to a visual GUI for a text editor, you will feel like you’re working in slow motion.

Because Vim can be so intense to learn, they created a game for you to play to learn how it works. Not a tutorial, really, but a way not to overwhelm you with everything that makes Vim, Vim. It’s pretty fun.

Key Features:

  • Designed for coders and developers
  • Brutalist UI
  • Blurs the line between IDE and text editor, depending on how versed in it you are
  • Incredibly passionate community for documentation, updates, and help
  • Unix-based
  • Huge plug-in system
  • Secure login
  • Gamified learning process, if you choose
  • Support for every programming language imaginable
  • And more


  • Windows
  • MacOS
  • Linux

VIM is for you if…

…you’re the kind of person who doesn’t just dabble in code, but lives and breathes it. If you have any Linux installation, Vim is for you. If you have any Linux distribution other than Ubuntu, you will adore Vim. It is built for you. However, if you’re a newbie, downloading Vim is like stepping into the Matrix, so be wary. It is as powerful as anything out there, maybe even more so, but the brutalist UI can be off-putting. Get past the rough facade, and you will find a beautiful experience.

Price: FREE | More Information


Having included Vim, we feel compelled to include Emacs as well. For developers, Emacs and Vim have the same relationship as Pepsi and Coke, Star Wars and Star Trek, M&Ms and Reece’s Pieces. They’re almost two sides of the same coin in that they are absolutely designed for the best developer experience possible while cutting out many of the extraneous features that are barriers to efficiency. Emacs is lightweight, command-line based, and being a part of GNU, available totally for free across a plethora of operating systems.

Emacs takes a slightly more visually appealing approach to editing than Vim, however, that doesn’t mean you lose any power or functionality. It may come down to taste when deciding which one you want. But if you’re in the market for a hardcore, no-nonsense text editor and IDE that will pretty much be around forever, Emacs is definitely an option. After all, the core came around in 1976 and this particular iteration (GNU Emacs) has been updated regularly since 1984.

Key Features:

  • Command line installation
  • Content-aware editing
  • Unicode support for roughly everything
  • Built-in documentation
  • Both Lisp or graphical interface
  • Passionate and involved community
  • Extensible with plugins and packages
  • Will be free forever because of GNU
  • Long, rich history (over 40 years) of stability and support
  • Available for nearly every operating system
  • And more


  • GNU
  • MacOS
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Solaris
  • FreeBSD
  • NetBSD
  • OpenBSD

Emacs is for you if…

…you like function over form, but Vim is a bit too minimal for you. Additionally, you can install Emacs on any operating system, so no matter where you are, your coding experience will be the same. This is definitely not one of the best text editors for newbies, but if you’ve been dabbling in different environments for a while and want to take efficiency up a notch, Emacs is just what you’re looking for.

Price: FREE | More Information

Premium Code Editors

7. UltraEdit

UltraEdit is part of a family of developer products by IDM Computer Solutions. It can be used to edit HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Perl, C/C++, Python, and just about any other programming language. By all indications this editor is a solid entry on this list and has some industry clout to prove it. We’ve listed some key features below, but its full feature list is quite extensive and can be found here. As a premium product (compared to many on this list), it is clear that they are actively developing their editor to compete with the rest of the best.

Key Features:

  • Column/block editing
  • Multi-caret editing
  • Multi-select
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Integrated FTP client
  • Integrated SSH/telnet
  • Editor themes
  • File/data sorting
  • And much more


  • Windows
  • MacOS
  • Linux

UltraEdit is for you if…

…you work on large files and incredibly complex file systems. This is an industrial-strength program, and that’s what makes it one of the best code editors for people whose jobs require gigabytes of code open at a time. With built-in telnet and SSH access, UltraEdit is designed to make sure that even the toughest and most complex jobs are handled with care and ease.

Price: $79.95/year | More Information

8. CoffeeCup HTML Editor

The CoffeeCup HTML Editor is a simple tool for creating, organizing, and working on an HTML/CSS project. That’s what it does, even branding itself “The HTML Editor.” The devs are confident in their product, and it shows. They also offer a split view where you can see the edits you make in real-time (much like the Divi builder, but with code). CofeeCup isn’t just for HTML, however. It supports PHP development, as well as CSS and Markdown linting on top of the standard HTML.

There’s a free version and a premium version with more features, too. We are including this in the premium section because the features that you gain are well worth upgrading for, rather than staying with the free version.

Key Features:

  • Quick startup
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Code validation tools
  • Project organization
  • FTP sync
  • Site preview
  • And more


  • Windows
  • MacOS

CoffeeCup is for you if…

…you like to see your code develop in real time. Probably among the best text editors anyway, when you add in the real-time rendering of your HTML and PHP code, you have a modern take on what can be a pretty drab ecosystem. Not everyone may think the best text editors are as fun and cool as we do, but CoffeeCup may change their minds. Because it’s pretty fun and cool.

Price: FREE, or $49 for a more feature-rich editor | More Information

9. Espresso

Espresso is a Mac-only code editor, but it can’t not be mentioned. It’s nearly an IDE, but works as smoothly and cleanly as Atom or Sublime. The program is fast, and it’s relatively powerful. What sets Espresso apart is the real-time editing that you can do in the code editing window as well as in the browser, too. Anything you code will reflect in the browser, and you have an intuitive drag-and-drop interface that updates the back-end on the fly. With a slew of plugins and themes and a focus on efficiency and speed, Espresso has a strong community and users who advocate for its use. Espresso is not free, but you can download a free trial from the website so that you can see if it fits your work.

Key Features:

  • Simultaneous design
  • Modular SCSS and LESS
  • Custom spacing and tabs
  • Multi-edits (many changes at once with multiple selections)
  • Plugins for lots of language support and linting
  • Markdown support
  • Themeable — no one wants to work in an ugly environment all day
  • Many keyboard shortcuts
  • Intuitive find function
  • Tabbed workspaces
  • Set automatic replacement for tags and snippets for efficient coding


  • MacOS

Espresso is for you if…

…like polish. Espresso is stylish and functional, and it offers modern features such as real-time editing and a drag-and-drop interface. It is smooth and quick and robust. This is definitely one of the best code editors for web designers as you can see exactly what your CSS and JavaScript does in real-time. If you don’t mind a license fee, this is one premium code editor you may just fall in love with.

Price: $79 (with FREE trial) | More Information

10. BBEdit

BBEdit by Bare Bones is a bit more advanced than the name lets on. It’s more of a product you graduate to if you’re a beginner who started with a simpler product and are looking to work in a bit more of a heavy-duty environment. BBEdit is full to the brim with professional-level features for creating, editing, and manipulating text for your coding projects. It is MacOS only, so keep that in mind as well.

Plus, their tagline is “It doesn’t suck,” so you have to respect that.

Key Features:

  • Grep pattern matching
  • Search and replace across multiple files
  • Project definition tools
  • Function navigation and syntax coloring
  • Numerous source code languages
  • Code folding
  • And more


  • MacOS

BBEdit is for you if…

…you want a code editor that doesn’t suck. But if you have more requirements than that, BBEdit is for you if you want a text editor that can handle heavy-duty projects and major code bases. If you like to work in an IDE where everything you need is wrapped up into one package, BBEdit may be what you’re looking for. And if you are coming from a simpler editor, BBEdit may be one of the best code editors to ease you into more complexity without overwhelming you with more features than you will likely ever use.

Price: $49.99 | More Information

11. Coda

Coda by Panic Inc. is everything you need to hand-code a website in one app. You get a real-time rendering of your code, a beautiful UI is beautiful, and regular updates and improvements to the softwar. It has a plug-in repo like many text editors, and you can contribute to development even if you don’t write Cocoa, the scripting language for Coda plugins. There’s also an iOS app you can buy if you’re on the go, and it seems to be just as rich as the desktop version.

Key Features:

  • Syntax highlighting
  • Code folding
  • Project wide autocomplete
  • Fast find and replace
  • Indentation guides
  • Automatic tag closing
  • Fast commenting and shifting of code
  • Great file management
  • FTP/SFTP/WebDAV/Amazon S3
  • And much more


  • MacOS
  • iOS

Coda is for you if…

…you find yourself without a laptop and need to work on projects. If you’re on-call or have issues that come up that are incredibly urgent, Coda might be the code editor for you. With its app interface, you can solve any problem while on the go, and you won’t even have to find a spot to settle in, unpack, and connect to wifi. You can handle it all from the palm of your hand.

Price: $99 for MacOS, $24.99 for iOS | More Information

In Conclusion

When trying to make a list of the best code and text editors available, it’s impossible not to miss a few strong contenders. Every writer, coder, and developer has a favorite set of tools just like every carpenter has a favorite hammer and an artist has a favorite set of brushes. So if we missed something you think we should have included on this list, please feel free to add it in the comments (with your reasons why, too, of course).

What do you think are the best code editors? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. I’m surprised about 2 things, why Visual code isnt listed, and why it isn’t #1. I’ve used most of the top editors listed, and non even come close I then power of VisualCode

    • Second this

      • I third it.

      • Can I add a 4th?

        • Count me 5th…

    • I agree with you vscode is just awsome

      • I fourth it

      • 100% agreed that post is super biased – or uneducated

        • Agree, clearly they haven’t checked for new editors in the past couple years, click bait.

          Downvoting this post!

      • Fourth. I started scrolling to find it. Was absolutely surprised.

    • Fourth this. Like I get off it’s not your favorite but how is it not even mentioned?

    • Agree, shows a lack of research or awareness perhaps?? Or maybe this is an old article that has resurfaced.

      • Then the guy would not have this meny views or comments

      • Yep. VScode is the best. It’s pathetic these guys are so anti-MS that they won’t even dare speak the words.

    • I 4th, 5th, 6th … and 1000th it, ‘coz vscode is THE editor. I scrolled down just to check for vscode.

    • thats why i dont use elegant theme anymore,old tech stack

    • Serious, serious omission. Unless you got a real anti-Microsoft stick up the rear… then Visual Studio Code should be on here. Serious omission…

    • very big like !

    • I second that. I’ve used most in this list. If feel VS Code is the most versatile and powerful. Sad not to see it in number 1.

    • Wholeheartedly agree with everyone on this thread.

    • I think the author has gone nuts. Looks like he is very biased towards it.

    • +1

    • I do agree VSCode is #1

    • Agreed, VS Code blows half or more of these out of the water.

    • I’m surprised why no ‘ed’ on the list. I’m using it since epoch. Sometimes.

    • This article has just one thing wrong – it’s title. The correct one should be “Code editors, made obsolete by VS Code”

    • I agree with this. Heck, I’ve been using VS Code in both Linux and OSX and couldn’t be happier with its vast list of features and versatility. I’ve used a few of those editors and there’s no reason not to mention VS Code.
      Microsoft has done its job pretty well with it and the community has responded with a huge backup and support for it.

    • Oh my god ! VS Code overcome so much every others editors !

    • seriously visual studio code is missing , It is my fav 😀

  2. Thank you for this. Which would you say is the best “starter” for someone new to code editors?

    • Try Sublime or Atom.

        • Try vscode
          Win Linux Mac

    • You should definitely try vscode. I am surprised it is not on the list as it is now considered by most of the developers as the best code editor.

  3. How about jetbrains products ?

    • I completely agree!!!

    • It is geares towards python I guess.

  4. You seems do not like Microsoft that’s why your list is biased and does not have VS Code. I am surprised that it is not even at 11th position in your list.

    • How ignorant the editor is

  5. Great article, but where is Visual Studio Code?

    • 100% VS Code is, in my opinion, the best code editors out there. The perfect blend of a text editor and IDE.

  6. This is 2019 but no VSCode?? 🧐

    • I started using Visual Studio Code recently. Tried an additional package to VS Code that FTP linked to the remote site but it didn’t seem to want to push the the css file preprocessed from my LESS file so I reverted to using VS Code with Prepros. Prepros automatically pushes changes to my live sites from a local copy of the child theme on save.

    • Amen! VSCode comes with Emmet built-in, great Git and SCM handling, and it’s faster than Atom. While I agree Brackets is great if your converting PDFs to code, VSCode is my go-to editor. I’ve used Notepad++, Atom, and Brackets. I’ve still got Brackets and Notepad++ installed for cases where they shine. But for 80% of the web dev situations I encounter, I’m using Visual Studio Code.

    • Pretty sad that someone who call’s himself geek doesn’t know about vs code

    • I’ve used all of these editors with the exception of UltraEdit and yes, in 2019 I believe the #1 most extensible, powerful, and elegant editor for both code and text is 100% Visual Studio Code. It’s free, open-source, supported by Microsoft, available on Linux/Mac/Windows, and has a plugin/extension ecosystem which dwarfs many of the other editors mentioned in this article!

  7. Smultron

  8. Visual studio code is amazing, am not using any other editor these days and no mentionnof it at all,
    Looks like you guys dont even know about it.

  9. I think visual studio code is one of the best code editors for 2019

  10. Surprised Blumentals WeBuilder is not on this list. Have you tried it?

    • Seriously – WeBuilder should be on this list! I’ve been using it for over 7 years and it is one of the most powerful and easiest editors for all types of code (php, sql, html, css, etc…) and will accommodate running PHP right on your local machine, along with all other advanced functionality you could want. Yet still very easy UI to work in, more visually friendly than most. Definitely beats a couple in the list IMO.

  11. Lol .. no VS Code? Its the king now.

  12. I cannot believe you didn’t even mention PHPStorm!!! It is one of the best IDEs out there for PHP, HTML, CSS, WordPress, and virtually everything else. And at $49 a year it is a bargain for what you get.


    • Jetstorm Php IDE is known to be a resource hog. Which is probably why it’s not listed. Some of the IDE listed are known to be easy on the CPU.

  13. I’ve always enjoyed the knowledge dropped by these blog posts. I didn’t know “Brackets” has an extract feature. This could come in handy when I receive psd/pdf mockups from marketing.

    But I have to agree with all the above comments… I am quite surprised VSCode isn’t on this list. It is fast, lightweight and has a ton of extensions. Plus it is Free.

  14. Have to agree witj the rest of the comments… No VS code???

  15. I prefer SublimeText, but yes, Visual Studio Code absolutely belongs on this list. Next best editor in my opinion (and superior in many ways to ST).

  16. Please note in the paragraph text about the Brackets Extract feature, it incorrectly notes that it operates on PDF files. The feature extracts from PSD files, as was earlier correctly noted in the post.

  17. VS code is great and no reference to it :/

  18. How can you guys not mention Visual Studio Code??

  19. Where’s code in the list man?

  20. Sublime Text my favorite 🙂

  21. No VScode no jetbrains products (webstorm/phpstorm in this case)?
    Are you looking for a flame war?

    • Uhh, maybe they didn’t have time to try or buy them, or since this is a subjective piece, could be they just didn’t like them…

  22. Seriously, who writes these articles? You can’t have a list like this and NOT have Visual Studio Code on it. It is by far the best one to use. It may be a Microsoft product, but it is a damn good one, free, open source, and available for all OS.

    Seems like ET has some Microsoft hate going on here.

    • You need to double check the license then…

      It is only free in that you don’t pay money.

      • Yes, it’s completely free and open source. What’s your point exactly???

      • VSCode is based on an open source project which I think is just called “code”. The licensing for the binary VSCode is probably due to some Microsoft-specific trademarks.

      • MIT license isn’t free enough for you? WTF?

  23. Where is VSCode?

  24. I’ll say that, most of these editors are great and all. But, VS Code absolutely belongs in this list, probably even at the top.
    Why didn’t you even list it??

  25. No Dreamweaver? I have tried many different code editors over the past 20 years but always go back to Dreamweaver.

    • Same here.

  26. Visual Studio Code should be on here. No mention at all?

  27. I’m not saying it has to be number 1 or whatever but how is VS Code not even on the list?!

  28. This article is worthless without VS Code

  29. And VS code isn’t even in this? Why?

  30. Is the anti-ms sentiment ‘still’ a thing?

    VS Code is an amazing editor in so many ways!

    (tho I just can’t quit the bells/whistles of the full VS IDE, with Devsense extension)

  31. Where the hell is VS Code?! It’s by far the best editor/IDE available

  32. VS Code isn’t here? Really? Dis this post came from a genuine analysis.

    I’m not a fan of VS Code but in my opinion it should be on the top 3 at least.

  33. I use Edlin and love it. The fact it is a line editor keeps things uncluttered and less confusing. Ok, just kidding. lol

  34. Not sure how this site popped up in my Google reading suggestions, but I’m never visiting it again – lots of hardly known editors but no VS Code, which absolutely beats all other ones. Seriously?

  35. Atom is a mess in terms of performance and I don’t recommend anyone use it. Many of the packages for atom are available for visual studio code which has a better memory footprint then atom. Also, putting vim and Emacs at the bottom when they are the most feature compete text editors in existence is a bit of a joke.

  36. Another vote for vscode, neovim (continuation of vim) is also good.

  37. Thanks for compiling this list, I’ll download some ideas to try out…

  38. Is the anti-ms sentiment ‘still’ a thing?

    VS Code is an amazing editor in so many ways!

    (tho I just can’t quit the bells/whistles of the full VS IDE, with Devsense extension)

  39. For all the people whining about VSCode, my guess would be because the liscense is nebulous. The source code is MIT, but the binary is not….

    • Whoops, you beat me to it!

  40. VS Code is the defacto standard editor for majority of developers today.

    • Source?

  41. Title should be “Best code editors that isn’t vscode” 😝

  42. VSCode? I started scrolling to find it. Was absolutely surprised.

  43. Another VSCode comment.

    • Viscose. Enough said!

  44. Visual Studio Code didn’t even make the list? It’s open source. It’s cross-platform. It has a HUGE plug-in ecosystem. It’s updated constantly with new features.

    It’s massively popular and definitely considered the best by many … including the Linux community.

    Sorry, but that’s a huge – and unforgivable – oversight.

  45. OMG, VS code is not just not #1, but not even on the list?
    What a biased article…

  46. I have been using Atom for a long time. While using Atom, Sublime Text is always the second editor. I use Sublime Text when I need performance (Atom performance is bad when handling large files).

    Now I use VS Code, and I never use another editor again.

    I think VS Code should be on the list.

  47. Like so many, I was waiting for MS VS-Code as I scrolled down!
    I don’t know anyone not using it in the React/Vue/WordPress/JS world!

  48. Please try VSCode then rewrite your article and put it on the top. Happy New Year!

  49. Tell me, the person who wrote this post is a developer? Because vs code is note in first place of list

  50. Two things:

    1) imo, you absolutely nailed vim. Not sure it could be described any better. It’d be #1 for me, but the learning curve can be off-putting. That being said, if you work in a *nix environment it will likely be everywhere you go.

    1.5) what? No nano?! 😉

    2) I have to agree about VS Code. Not my preference. Lots of programmes swear by it but, MS and I had a falling out, a long time ago. Irreconcilable differences.

  51. Where is VS Code and JetBrains suits

  52. Try vscode
    Win Linux Mac

  53. I also scrolled through the list to find VS Code and was shocked to not find it. I wanted to comment to make sure that glaring omission was addressed. I was pleasantly surprised to see that so many of my fellow developers had already beat me to it. Well done internet!

  54. Poe’s law is the only reasonable explanation for this article.

    Emacs is in, but vs code is out?

  55. Atom is my all time favorite code editor, I would like to add “Teletype” to the features you have mentioned for Atom which let developers work together from different places.

    • Teletype *IS* a great feature. Kudos to the folks at GitHub for that one.

  56. What no Eclipse?? Best out there…okay…just joking…I use VSCode or Brackets.

  57. I scrolled and kept waiting to see it…but it was not there. I can’t believe you could forget the best. Eclipse! (Hahaha)….kidding…VSCode.

  58. Visual Studio Code.

    Or you’re a hater.

  59. No VSCode, no Jetbrains, no Spacemacs. But Brackets and BBCode are listed? I mean Coda? Is that even maintained?

  60. This is the most trash list I have ever seen in my life. Google articles brought me here – I hope to never come back.

    A list used by real developers:

    1. vscode
    2. vim or emacs
    3. intellij products (pycharm, webstorm, etc)
    4. atom/brackets
    5. textwrangler

  61. Looks like rehash of old articles.

    VScode not making to top 10 shows lack of research in the topic.

  62. I was surprised by not finding vs code in top 3 and it was funny to not find in top 10 🙂

  63. Brackets is my favorite editor, the only thing i don’t like is the icon.

  64. Excuse me, where the f is vs code!!

  65. “Thanks” for this great list i,m using notepad++ but now i just found this amazing post i must check these softwares nice sharing!!!

  66. Not mentioning VC Code is a deadly sin…let alone putting it on the #1 spot.

  67. Add me to the list of VSCode users. Scrolled the entire article looking for it. Maybe it needs its own article. I use it with ESLint and Prettier to do Node.js (also legacy Perl code).

  68. Nice article B.J. I really like the format, especially the “…is for you if…”


    You really should add Visual Studio Code and make it a list of 12. Leaving VS Code out of the list would be like leaving WordPress out of the list of blogging tools, or Apache out of a list of web servers… With a list as extensive as yours it’s nearly impossible to assume it slipped your mind and it’s absence leads one to think you just didn’t want to include it.

    I’ve been coding since 1979 and I’ve used almost all the editors on your list but since the end of 2017, I’ve cut it down to VIM (or Vi) for ninja command-line sessions and VSCode for everything else… It’s that good.

    We all have our quirks and biases, but for the sake of your journalistic integrity, you need to add VSCode. Just go to your command line and type “code revisedlist.txt” 😉

  69. I’m wondering where are IntelliJ (or other JetBrains editors) and VSCode?
    I understand the market has some well-stablished editors but in an article with a title like “The 11 Best Code Editors for 2019” one would expect to have a focus oriented to performance and tooling. Cof cof Sublime Cof!

  70. Like so many others, I’m absolutely surprised that it isn’t in the list. By comparison, Atom and Brackets which use similar tech as a base were so bad when I had tried them that I almost didn’t try VS Code. I’m glad I have. The cadence and features are by and far away the best of any code editor I’ve ever used. Integrated directory tree and terminal are two things that have been missed in so many editors.

    Specifically VS Code is the single largest open source editor in terms of use, extensions and community support of any current popular editor. The license of the codebase is MIT. And there’s continuous support for Linux, Mac and Windows. A key reason I use it is the cross platform support. It’s one of the best options for JS/TS projects and absolutely tops for go. While it is not without a few rough edges it is definitely a few lengths above the list for the article as well. Considering the list has several closed source editors, I’m surprised the most used free editor was skipped.

    I’m not sure if there is an anti-ms bent from the author, or simply ignorance beyond belief.

  71. This has so many code editors listed, and why no VS Code!?? It is the best one and I’ve tried a lot of them on this list, no question. It’s also free and it’s cross platform. And it has a ton of Themes you can add to it. For Visual Studio Code to not be included in this list when the site is named Elegant Themes?? This has to be some kind of mistake I would hope.

  72. Without VSCode this list is useless

  73. David, you are being a negative Nellie!

    It’s okay for people to speak up and voice their opinions about Visual Studio Code. It’s a contender, and it is a bit surprising that it didn’t make the list. AND though there may be costs associated with its development, it is offered free to users. “Code editing. Redefined. Free. Open source. Runs everywhere.”

    I would encourage you to voice your opinions without casting negative adjectives toward others. LOL—I wrote that and then laughed because I started with “negative Nellie.” I almost deleted that part of my message but thought the irony was too funny to remove.

    Enjoy your day!

  74. Are you serious? Not even taking VSCode in consideration, not even to say it should be #1? I don’t want to be disrespectful, but can’t trust this, period!!!

  75. the only reason because I began to read this article is to find VS Code.
    Why there is no VS here??

  76. VS code is not there Because he can get more comments on this post.

  77. Really? WHERE IS VCODE?
    I just answer because I have to, like others. 😃😃😃😃

  78. Seriously, something smells a bit off here. There is no way the author forgot about vscode.

  79. Leaving out vscode from the list and having every comment mention it, was a clever way to prove its popularity.

  80. Yeah. I’ve never been a big MS fan, and even I use VSCode.

    Very surprised it didn’t even make the list.

  81. I begin to suspect that not including VSCode in this post was to get many comments. I was happy with Netbeans… I think I’ll have to try it…

  82. Well I think he didn’t forget vscode. How could he, right? So I can think the next post will be: I forgot the best code editor ever! Greetings.

  83. +1 vote for VSCode! Both VSCode and Atom belong to Microsoft right?

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