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BBEdit for Mac

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    May 05, 2016
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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 11.5.2


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


  • Fixed bug in which initiating a drag with the mouse could happen unintentionally when clicking on draggable objects.

  • Fixed crash and malfunction which could occur in certain situations when converting Unicode data from a non-Unicode on disk representation in zero-length files.

  • Made a change to reduce the transient memory requirements when performing a non-Grep Replace All operation using a replace string that is longer than the search string.

  • Made a change so that text factories and multi-file Replace All operations avoid running out of address space when processing an extremely large number of files.

  • Fixed crash which would occur when trying to change the name of a "Favorite" in the font panel.

  • Fixed bug in which a document's Undo history was cleared when using "Move to New Window" from the project sidebar popup or contextual menu.

  • Made some changes to address lurking concurrency problems during package loading.

  • Improved the performance of "Strip trailing whitespace" when saving documents and the eponymous preference is turned on in the Text Files preferences.

  • If a file-based Unix script or filter isn't usable because of its on-disk representation (as when choosing it from the Apply Text Filter or Scripts menus), an informative error is now reported.

  • Fixed bug in which heredoc strings in Unix Shell Script documents were not colored using the proper color.

  • Fixed a bug in the VHDL and Verilog HDL language modules that would cause unexpected coloring effects (which sometimes corrected themselves during editing, and sometimes not).

  • The Live Search box no longer displays the magnifying glass (the system draws it incorrectly on retina displays, and won't be corrected).

  • Made some adjustments to the Replace All sheet for text factories to correct font usage and allow reasonable behavior when resizing the sheet.

  • Fixed cosmetic glitch in results windows, along the boundary between the splitter and the text view.

  • When spell checking in HTML/XML, the checker now properly handles transitions between checkable ranges (such as CDATA body text) and non-checkable ranges (tags), so that all CDATA text will be checked, even if checking did not start inside of a CDATA range.

  • Fixed drawing glitches when changing the sidebar width in editing windows with "Show Gutter" turned off.

  • When closing a very large document without saving changes, and "Make Backups" is turned on, the auto-recovery file doesn't neeeeeeed to have trailing whitespace stripped out, so we no longer do that (and save lots of time in the process).

  • Fixed drawing glitches which would occur when combining selection-range changes and scrolling in certain circumstances.

  • When "Find Next Misspelled Word" wraps around, the "Wrap Around" indication is now displayed (as it should be).

  • Fixed case in which a text view would draw twice when loading a document and then changing its selection range to some place that required scrolling.

  • Put in code to work around a bug in the OS (16742697) which would cause the application to crash after scrolling views in an Open or Save panel (and a few other windows).

  • Fixed a crash which would occur in some situations when calculating data for the fold gutter.

  • Fixed a cosmetic glitch in which a diff-colored line would occasionally be drawn diagonally across one of the text views in a Differences window.

  • Fixed bug in which document state was not automatically saved in situations where it should have been saved when closing the document.

  • Fixed bug in which the status bar would not be drawn completely when responding to actions triggered by a status bar item's popup menu.

  • It is now possible to run Perl, Python, or Ruby files directly from an editing window, the Scripts menu, or the "Apply Text Filter" command when the file in question does not have a shebang line, as long as the document's language is set appropriately.

  • When python3 is available in a typical executable location, we will now use that to run Python scripts that don't have a shebang (#!) line.

  • Updated the built-in list of PHP predefined names so that symbols occurring in PHP embedded in HTML will be colored.

  • Fixed bug in which invisible text views (such as worksheets displaying output in a window while a different document was selected) would inappropriately bleed scrolling through to the active document.

  • When saving an already extant document, the permissions check (to determine the need for authentication) no longer checks the parent directory if the file itself appears to be writeable.

  • Fixed crash which would occur when attempting to type a callout comment at the very end of a C-family language document.

Publisher Bare Bones Software
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Release Date May 05, 2016
Date Added May 05, 2016
Version 11.5.2
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory Coding Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.96MB
File Name BBEdit_11.5.2.dmg
Total Downloads 150,973
Downloads Last Week 28
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $49.99

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