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    Feb. 28, 2017
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    Free to try; $49.99 to buy
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Editors' Review


BBEdit for Mac helps developers write code by providing them with a clean, distraction-free environment. This premium product, which comes with a 30-day trial, supports over two dozen programming languages and is particularly good for Web developers, since it can integrate with any available Web browser for quick previews and website prototyping.


Plain but powerful UI: BBEdit for Mac features a minimalist main window with a small toolbar and a status bar. In the rest of the window, you can write your code using features such as indentation, custom colors for functions and operators, code commenting, and even autocompletion, not only for syntaxes but also for regular dictionary words.

Markdown support: The built-in Markdown support is a nice addition, letting you enter formatting triggers in your text that convert to valid HTML.

Extensive language support: Speaking of HTML, the software supports many programming languages, including HTML, C++, Java, JavaScript, Objective-C, PHP, Python, Ruby, and SQL.


Paid software: There are many free alternatives for writing code on your Mac, and though they may not have as many features, they offer essentially the same functionality as this paid application.

Bottom Line

Looking for a lightweight yet feature-rich application for building websites and writing code? BBEdit for Mac is a great option. Thanks to features like clippings, scripting (recording a series of actions), and code folding, the app can save you time by removing most repetitive tasks in the development process.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of BBEdit for Mac 10.5.11.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 11.6.4


  • This release contains no new features or changes.


  • Fixed case in which a "this input will give your worksheet heartburn" error was reported for input which would not actually cause any problems.

  • Restored the "search string" scripting property of the Open File by Name window to working order.

  • Fixed crash which would occur when (or after) closing a Differences window.

  • Fixed a bug in which some editor settings were not properly applied when opening an existing document.

  • Restored case transformations in Grep replace patterns to working order, by backing out the previous fix (which caused more problems than it solved, as it turns out).

  • Fixed bug in which explicit EditorConfig keys for trim_trailing_whitespace and insert_final_newline did not override the global or language-specific user preferences.

  • Fixed bug in which the Text Options navigation bar item would operate on the wrong text view in Differences windows, unless you clicked in the desired view before using it.

  • Fixed the cause of a rare crash at startup.

  • Fixed a bug in which differences in the last line of two compared files would be ignored when "Ignore Blank Lines" was turned on and the final line in either file did not end with a line break.

  • Added "ts" as a default extension mapping for the JavaScript language module, so that Microsoft TypeScript files are recognized as text documents.

  • Updated the copyright year.

  • Made a change to quiet a (harmless) system console message at startup.

  • Fixed crash which would occur occasionally when performing operations which rapidly switched between different documents in the same window (such as navigating through a lot of different files in a search results window).

  • Fixed bug in which the Zip archive reader would leak memory, which posed a problem when processing a large quantity of Zip archives (during multi-file search or text factory application).

  • The "Clear History" command on the Open Recent menu will now ask the OS to clear its own history as well, which should in turn remove recent items from the application's Dock menu.

  • Fixed a bug in which processing very large files with a text factory would cause the application to run out of memory in cases where one or more of the operations took a very long time.

Publisher Bare Bones Software
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Release Date February 28, 2017
Date Added February 28, 2017
Version 11.6.4
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory Coding Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 14.06MB
File Name BBEdit_11.6.4.dmg
Total Downloads 152,099
Downloads Last Week 43
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $49.99

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