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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 11.6.6
  • Multi-line PHP arrays now get fold indicators when appropriate.

  • PHP function return type hints will no longer confuse the function scanner.

  • Fixed a bug in which errors returned by the Unix script invoked from a "Run Unix Script" text factory action (whew) would usually crash the application.

  • Worked around a crash which would occur when starting up after an OS update or reinstall damaged certain system-wide components.

  • Fixed bug in which the desired default formatting for video tags was not applied by the "Pretty Print" formatting option.

  • Made a change to work around an OS performance problem that would slow application startup in some situations.

  • Fixed a bug in which the "Open File in BBEdit" service would inappropriately refuse to do so.

  • Made a change so that Live Search usage and "Find Next Occurrence of <selected text>" no longer alter the "Case sensitive" or "Entire word" settings in the Find window.

  • Made a change to improve error reporting in cases where a codeless language module is structurally malformed in a way that prevents it from loading (i.e. a plist with a syntax error).

  • When a managed license is in use, the "License" menu command is now hidden.

  • Fixed bug in which "Open Counterpart" wouldn't correctly switch between multiple eligible files in some situations.

  • PHP superglobal names are now colored using the "predefined symbols" color.

  • Fixed a crash which would occur when closing a document that was being used solely by a Differences window. (This would usually happen when the document was open separately in the front window, and then "Close All Documents" was done.)

Publisher Bare Bones Software
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Release Date June 02, 2017
Date Added June 02, 2017
Version 11.6.6
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 13.98MB
File Name BBEdit_11.6.6.dmg
Total Downloads 152,646
Downloads Last Week 32
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $49.99

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