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BBEdit for Mac

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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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5 stars


February 02, 2014  |  By socgranny

2014-02-02 12:48:52  |  By socgranny

 |  Version: BBEdit 10.5.8


I haven't found anything is couldn't open.


Couldn't find nothing.

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4 stars

"Good (closer to 3.5 stars), but still needs some work"

December 21, 2011  |  By major-john

2011-12-21 10:54:46  |  By major-john

 |  Version: BBEdit 10.1


Very good with C++, but really could be improved as a HTML editor


1) No color palette for CSS that I could see. For CSS, it does present a single list of colors, but that is far-short of a color palette.

2) <!-- #bbinclude "name" --><!-- end bbinclude --> really needs some work in that the file "name" contents are always presented via the "Update" tool. If "name" is super big, I assure you that is super-annoying, big-time. PageSpinner's <!-- ps_include="name" --> doesn't show the contents of "name". Could not BBEdit simply add a preference to show or not show with the tool "Update"?

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5 stars

"great text editor with programming additions"

January 24, 2011  |  By cassiopeianld

2011-01-24 22:09:19  |  By cassiopeianld

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.6.3


allows for great text editing regardless of size, great tools


the usage of the programming languages isn't evident


great must have programmer editor

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2 stars

"Version 9.6.1 Buggy"

November 15, 2010  |  By Mackidockie

2010-11-15 20:35:26  |  By Mackidockie

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.6.1


Love this product. Used it for years. Versatile. No gratuitous eye candy. It's for real coders. Tech Support is superb.


Had to go back to version 9.5.1. Version 9.6.1 is buggy. Crashes, sudden displays of unknown and unrequested characters.


Still the best on the market. A coder's true friend. History tells me that Bare Bones Software will correct all the current version's problems. Soon, I hope!

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5 stars

"this is one of the best html editors out there"

December 11, 2009  |  By yetanotherjay2010

2009-12-11 09:28:33  |  By yetanotherjay2010

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.3.1


I have been using BBEdit for years and it is just so easy to use to create html and to edit html. Nothing else comes close in my books.


None. it is just a good solid program.


You won't be disappointed. Wish it worked on PC.

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4 stars

"For text editing there is no product better than BBedit"

November 27, 2009  |  By thillson

2009-11-27 04:04:29  |  By thillson

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.3


You can open just about any file with BBedit, it will search and replace almost any character in the file. Great for any programmer who wants to format their code for easy editing. Has more options than you can imagine using.


It is a little over priced for a text editor, but they have a free product for people who do not want to pay for a text editor.


Great product well worth the money if you have a need for BBedit's features.

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2 stars

"Agree with TimGavin"

December 08, 2008  |  By grh-akl

2008-12-08 09:15:17  |  By grh-akl

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.0.2


This review was originally posted on
What were they thinking? Or have I missed something? The new "Find" tool is totally unusable for me. No option for choosing multiple documents, for example. I, too, am reverting to v 8.

(But what does tim mean when he says "I'll continue to use 8 until Panic gets around to adding folding to Coda")

One star. Otherwise, v 8 continues to deserve five.

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4 stars

"Nice editor"

October 27, 2008  |  By Red Lavenia

2008-10-27 04:16:58  |  By Red Lavenia

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.0.2


This review was originally posted on
It is a nice editor but for a huge price.

There are another good programs for a little price.
If you want a powerful tool than you are right here.

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5 stars

"Simply the best..."

October 25, 2008  |  By arcturus1

2008-10-25 19:54:00  |  By arcturus1

 |  Version: BBEdit 9.0.2


This review was originally posted on
The following new features in Release 9 make a big difference in my work with html:
1. Projects
2. Auto-complete for html tags
3. Edit in search windows
For working with large web sites, nothing else comes close. This is a mature, powerful text editor.

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1 stars

"Still stuck in 68k land."

December 06, 2007  |  By krazytekn0

2007-12-06 22:17:53  |  By krazytekn0

 |  Version: BBEdit 8.7.1


If you ever need to reverse the text order in a document this might be useful, but when have you ever needed to do that.


BBEdit is so stuck in the dark ages of programming that it's not even funny. It touts itself as a source-code editor, Apple Xcode works many orders of magnitude better and faster and comes free with Mac OS X, as well as a free download. The guy behind BBEdit seems to think that his version of TextEdit is worth as much as Apple's entire operating system. If you want to try it go ahead, the program hasn't been substantively changed in 7 or 8 years. The developer knows nothing about the current ways to do things in OS X and is a left over 68k mac guy that refuses to learn. DO NOT SPEND MONEY ON THIS.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 11.6.2


  • This release consists entirely of fixes for reported issues, and contains no new features.


  • Fixed drawing glitch which would occur in the list header of disk browser windows when resizing the sidebar required a text layout change.

  • Added support for the "squished heredoc" syntax introduced in Ruby 2.3.

  • Removed the factory default keyboard equivalent for "Print All", because it's a little too close to the factory default equivalent for "Previous Document".

  • Made a change to improve behavior when receiving text dragged from applications which only provide byte-swapped UTF-16 (I'm looking at *you*,

  • Fixed drawing glitches which would occur when resizing the sidebar in Differences windows.

  • Fixed bug in which the size of the differences list in Differences windows was not maintained correctly when reshaping the window (and sometimes it would disappear altogether).

  • When creating a new document from stationery, and the stationery file has a name extension that maps to a known language, the new document's language will be set to that language. For example, a new document created from a stationery file named "`foo.tex`" will have a language of TeX, and a document created from a stationery file named "``" will have a language of Objective-C++.

  • Fixed bug in which the application would crash while opening the Multi-File Search window in cases where a previously selected instaproject or text document had had its backing folder (or file) deleted.

  • "Remove Line Breaks" no longer causes a visible "jump" to the beginning of the document in the view being processed.

  • Fixed a bug in which fat-binary Mach-o executables wouldn't appear on some menus when they should have.

  • Fixed bug in which using the Text Options popover would destabilize the application. A typical symptom was that the application would crash while refreshing the Clippings panel.

  • Fixed bug in which Unix tool discovery was too strict in its definition of what an executable tool was, and excluded `#!` scripts such as `perldoc`.

  • The Terminal command file generated by "Run in Terminal" now contains logic to delete itself as well as the temporary copy created when running an unsaved document (if applicable) after execution is complete.

  • Fixed bug in which literal string matching ("is", "is not") in file filters was case sensitive.

  • Made changes to improve usability with SFTP servers that implement obsolete versions of the protocol (in particular, `CoreFTP` on Windows).

  • Fixed a crash which would occur when spawning shell subtasks on macOS 10.12.

  • If it is not possible to determine the Perforce configuration file name from the environment, BBEdit will now search for a configuration file named `.p4config`, rather than giving up. To default to a different name, use the `PerforceDefaultConfigFileName` expert preference.

  • If a Differences window has exactly one unsaved document displayed and focus is in the differences list, the "Save" and "Revert" commands will now operate on that document, rather than doing nothing.

  • Fixed a bug in which items used in the Text Factory sources sheet (from the "Choose" button) would persist after the sheet was gone, leading to unexpected performance problems as they kept up with changes going on in the rest of the application.

  • Fixed various memory leaks.

  • When running on OS X 10.10 or later and "Increase contrast" is turned on in the system Accessibility preferences, text for UI elements in editing windows is now drawn darker, as are dividing lines between some UI elements.

  • Fixed bug in which Emacs mode lines which specified unrecognized modes would set a document's language to "None", even when the document's filename extension correctly indicated the language.

  • Fixed bug in which using the AppleScript interface to open the application-wide Scratchpad (or Unix Worksheet) would open a new window for the document, even if it was already open.

  • Made a change to Open File by Name searching so that exact matches for the entered file name are found, even in very large search spaces, rather than being lost due to restrictions on the maximum number of search results.

  • When a document opens in a disk browser or results list window as a result of clicking on an item in the sidebar (or results list, as appropriate), the text view no longer draws as though it has keyboard focus, since it doesn't.

  • Fixed bug in which identifying the active Xcode project (for Open File by Name and other purposes) didn't work correctly with Xcode 8.

  • Fixed bug in which the `DATETIME_GMT` and `DATETIME_UTC` clipping placeholders would use local time when expanded during clipping insertion.

  • When running on macOS 10.12, our additions to the spelling panel are suppressed in order to work around a bug in which the OS lays out the panel incorrectly. (Radar 28263496.)

  • Fixed crashes and other misbehavior which would occur when switching between a color scheme and customized settings.

  • When "Everything" is turned on in the project sidebar, packages (documents, applications, etc) are now listed and can be twisted open to inspect their contents.

  • Worked around a bug in macOS 10.12 which would cause strange behavior when switching color schemes or changing individual color settings in the "Text Colors" preferences.

Publisher Bare Bones Software
Publisher web site
Release Date September 23, 2016
Date Added September 23, 2016
Version 11.6.2
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 14.04MB
File Name BBEdit_11.6.2.dmg
Total Downloads 151,524
Downloads Last Week 13
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $49.99

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