30+ Free Text Editors for Windows

by on March 5th, 2010

Download text editors for Windows.


Win32Pad is a feature filled text editor that is written with a programmer in mind. Its main purpose is to provide enough functionality that is missing from notepad without sacrificing file size and performance. It’s very fast and powerful. This editor is written so that you can install it and start using it. The features are added to make your experience better, easier and more efficient.



WhizNote has a separate text file editor that allows you to customize its right-click menu to insert custom text with sophisticated template features. This can be used to make your own HTML templates. When editing HTML files, you can test all those HREF links by simple double-clicks and can test your web page in a browser even with local web sites using a personal web server.



EDXOR is a versatile, convenient and optimal text editor and file processor that far surpasses the capabilities of other Notepad-like applications. It offers innovative clipboard handling, cryptographic options and logic text conversions, great for education, fun, or privacy. EDXOR is small, self-contained, dependency-free and very fast. It provides over 90 menu items, including many unique functions and options, for diverse applications.


EditPad Lite

EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, designed to be small and compact, yet offer all the functionality you expect from a basic text editor. EditPad Lite works with Windows NT4, 98, 2000, ME, XP and Vista.


EmEditor Free

EmEditor text dditor is a lightweight yet extendable, easy-to-use text editor for Windows. EmEditor is very customizable, and it supports Unicode and powerful macros. EmEditor is designed for Windows XP, and certified for Windows Vista.



Editor² is a really small (57KB download) notepad replacement, yet packed with useful features for productive everyday use. Both ANSI/Unix and Unicode text files are supported. It features powerful search and replace commands, Hex and RTF viewer, dual font/color selection, URL autodetection, lots of keyboard shortcuts plus loads of handy bits for programmers (brace matching, autoIndent, etc). The unique AutoText feature makes inserting HTML open/closing tags a breeze. Editor is one of the richest feature-to-size packages in its class.


GridinSoft Notepad Lite

GridinSoft Notepad Lite is a powerful text editor for Microsoft® Windows® operating systems with code highlighting, supports HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Java, Perl, XML and others. Has a built-in HEX editor that allows you to truncate files, to replace, insert and remove bytes from any files – just open them in a built-in HEX editor.



HAPedit is an acronym for Html Asp Php editor; a win32 text-mode editor useful for all developers of dynamic web pages. Its main features are: syntax highlighting for html/php, html/asp, html, JavaScript, CSS and SQL; page preview in browser; project manager; php code “compilation”; edit html tags; code completion; preview images; SQL console; FTP Manager; Code Explorer and more.


Komodo Edit

Komodo Edit is a free Komodo-based text editor for dynamic languages published by software firm ActiveState. It inherits many features of Komodo IDE, like the full range of supported languages (Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Tcl) and platforms (Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows ). And like Komodo IDE, Komodo Edit also supports browser-side languages like JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and XML. It was developed for programmers who need a multi-language editor with broad functionality, but not the features of an IDE, like debugging, DOM viewer, interactive shells, and source code control integration.


MAX’s HTML Beauty++

MAX’s HTML Beauty++ 2004 is advanced HTML editor that can edit as many files at a time as you want, plus it has advanced customizable syntax highlighting, undo / redo, drag & drop editing, right-click tag editing, extended find & replace, template support, project management, auto updating code snippets, code library, tag case changing capability, spelling & grammar check and more… There are also 28 Tag Designers for almost every HTML tag, a Power Toolbar that contains almost all HTML tags, Built-In Image Browser / Viewer with GIF Optimize function and ability to convert images to WBMP image format which is used by WAP-compatible mobile phones, Built-In JavaScript Beauty Scripts (rollovers, slideshows, etc.), Built-In Support for HTML TIDY, Internal Preview using Internet Explorer and Mozilla and much more.



Metapad is a small, fast (and completely free) text editor for Windows 9x/NT/XP with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features. It was designed to completely replace Notepad since it includes all of Notepad’s features and much, much more.



Notepad+ is a text editor for Windows PC systems intended as a replacement for the default Notepad editor. It was developed by Rogier Meurs of RogSoft and first released in 1996. At that time Notepad on Windows 95 was very limited in its facilities and could only open files up to 64 kibibytes. Notepad+ removed that limitation and added many new features.

Notepad+ received many awards and significant coverage in many computer magazines, but as it was popular relatively early in the development of the web many of the pages about it no longer exist today. The program has not been developed since v1.11 in 1996 but it still has many users who prefer its simple interface over many of the other Notepad alternatives which have since appeared.


NoteTab Lite

NoteTab is a freeware/shareware text editor for Windows. It was developed by Eric Fookes of Fookes Software, Charmey (Gruyère), Switzerland. The program’s name refers to the fact that it was apparently one of the earliest text-editors capable of editing several open documents on different tabs (tabbed document interface). The first version of NoteTab, known as Mini NoteTab, was launched in 1995; version is 5 was introduced in 2006 with current version 5.3 released in July of 2007.



Q10 is a powerful and simple text editor built and designed with writers in mind.


Programmer’s File Editor

Programmer’s File Editor is a freeware text editor targeted particularly to the needs of software programmers. It was written by Alan Phillips of Lancaster University in the north of England.The program includes some macro capabilities. It also supports using batch files to perform compilation tasks from within the editor. Development of Programmer’s File Editor ceased in 1999, but the program is still in use by some programmers.



PSPad editor is a freeware text editor and source editor for the Windows platform. It was first released in 2001, this software is produced by the single developer Jan Fiala. PSPad is designed as the universal GUI for editing many languages including PHP, Perl, HTML, and Java. It integrates the use of many project formats for handling and saving multiple files. Other features include autocompletion, tab, FTP client and find/replace using regular expressions.

PSPad interface is based on the MDI with tabs for editing multiple files and better open document manipulation. This software doesn’t need an installation and is semi-portable.



roPEdit is a rich featured multifunctional Text and HTML Editor with Syntaxhighligthing, Codelists, Codefolding and Functions for Programming.



Subpad is a lightweight notepad clone with all of the features of Windows notepad, with just a few extras added. The main purpose was to make something close to notepad.exe, but with faster find/replace, MRU documents, and syntax highlighting. Subpad’s find/replace routine is perhaps one of the fastest out there.


Syn Text Editor

Syn is an Open Source Text and Programming Editor with Syntaxhighlight for many Languages, and some IDE Features, like starting a program (e.g. Compiler) and capture the output, support for Projects etc. Syn is written in Delphi (Version 5, Updatepack 1) for maximum performance, stability and filesize, hence it doesn’t require any bulky VC++/VB Runtime or MFC libraries!


TED Notepad

TED Notepad is a freeware text editor for Microsoft Windows. The software has been developed by Juraj Simlovic since 2001, originally as a school project. It has a similar cosmetic look to Notepad, but provides more features, especially for advanced plain-text editing. The application is portable and fits on a USB flash drive and does not require an installation. You can find several innovative features too, like a second search or a line completion.



Arachnophilia is a popular text-based HTML editor written in Java by Paul Lutus. It is known to be a successor to another HTML editor WebThing. The program is licensed as a Careware[1] type of software. The program’s name comes from the term meaning “love of spiders.”


BDV Notepad

It is comfortable text editor, Windows Notepad replacement. In this program are combined: extended functionality, comfortable interface, flexible adjustment and all of this is absolutely free-of-charge! Program can work with files of any size, supports shortcuts, multilevel Undo/Redo, autosaving, URL-autodetection and start. It has customizable multilanguage interface, improved printing engine and many additional opportunities.



ConTEXT is a closed-source freeware text editor for Microsoft Windows, aimed at software developers. It can open and edit very large files, while requiring only modest amounts of RAM and hard drive space to run.



TeXnicCenter is a free open source IDE for the LaTeX typesetting language. It uses the MiKTeX or TeX Live distributions. It allows the user to type documents in LaTeX and to compile them in PDF, DVI or PS. A menu gives access easily to precoded elements and environments (formulas, symbols, sections). It also allows for the creation of projects to organise and access the sections and environments of documents, and to insert a bibliography (using BibTeX) and an index (using MakeIndex).


The Hessling Editor

The Hessling Editor (THE) editor is one of the oldest open source editor projects and for the last decade it was written and maintained by Mark Hessling, who along with being the original author of THE is also a maintainer of Regina, an open source REXX interpreter that has been ported to most Unix platforms.



MadEdit is an Open-Source & Cross-Platform Text/Hex Editor written in C++ and wxWidgets. MadEdit can edit files in Text/Column/Hex modes, and supports many useful functions, e.g. SyntaxHighlightings, WordWrap, Encodings.



NEdit is a multi-purpose text editor for the X Window System, which combines a standard, easy to use, graphical user interface with the thorough functionality and stability required by users who edit text eight hours a day. It provides intensive support for development in a wide variety of languages, text processors, and other tools, but at the same time can be used productively by just about anyone who needs to edit text.



Notepad++ is a free source code editor (and Notepad replacement), which supports several programming languages, running under the MS Windows environment. This project, based on the Scintilla edit component (a very powerful editor component), written in C++ with pure win32 api and STL (that ensures the higher execution speed and smaller size of the program), is under the GPL Licence.



Notepad2 is an open-source text editor for Microsoft Windows, released under a BSD software license. It is written by Florian Balmer using the Scintilla editor component, and was first publicly released in April 2004. Balmer based Notepad2 on the principle of Microsoft Notepad: small, fast and without frills.


Programmer’s Notepad

Programmer’s Notepad 1 (PN1) is an open-source text editor targeted at users who work with source code. It was released in 1998 by Echo Software (a trading name for Simon Steele). Programmer’s Notepad 2 (PN2) was released in 2002 and is now based on Scintilla. Possibly the most unique feature common to both versions is the combination tabbed document interface and multiple document interface called “Tabbed MDI” by the developer.



RexEdit – very powerful and fast programmer’s text and source code editor. Includes highlighting for over 50 syntaxes (programming/markup languages, scripts, specific files, etc). Fully customizable environment: you can change everything – from button layout to syntax highlighting colors. It also has very helpful ready to use additional functions such as text transformation procedures or specific files managing routines. Effective templates engine and integrated project management features helps edit your files in lighting speed.



SciTE is a SCIntilla based Text Editor. Originally built to demonstrate Scintilla, it has grown to be a generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs. It is best used for jobs with simple configurations – I use it for building test and demonstration programs as well as SciTE and Scintilla, themselves.



Crimson Editor is a professional source code editor for Windows. This program is not only fast in loading time, but also small in size (so small that it can be copied in one floppy disk). While it can serve as a good replacement for Notepad, it also offers many powerful features for programming languages such as HTML, C/C++, Perl and Java.



A small programmer’s editor whith syntax highlight, extended search features, beautiful icons and colors. The programming language is object pascal (delphi/win32 and lazarus/linux).



jEdit is a mature programmer’s text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it.

While jEdit beats many expensive development tools for features and ease of use, it is released as free software with full source code, provided under the terms of the GNU General Public License.


2 Reviews

  1. Sanix says:

    Just the list I was searching for. Great work Hiroshi. I would like you to do a similar list but with portable editors.

  2. roger says:

    Also checkout redcar

    open source TextMate for windows