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BBEdit for Mac

Key Details of BBEdit

  • Edit HTML code and text on your Mac
  • Last updated on 07/29/20
  • There have been 2 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

by   / October 18, 2017

The latest version of the much-loved BBEdit from Bare Bones Software might be the best text editor you can find on the Mac.

Pros

The same, even better: The text editor is 25 years old, but Bare Bones constantly updates and renews its popular BBEdit software to keep it an essential tool for coders and writers looking for an industrial-strength tool.

Basic to advanced text editing: BBEdit, of course, handles all the basics you'd expect in a text editor. You can add and delete text; drag and drop selections; and cut, copy, and paste selected text. BBEdit also offers multiple levels of undo and redo.

But it also has a few handy features you don't often find. For example, BBEdit has six separate clipboards. As you cut or copy text, the selection gets added to the next clipboard. You automatically paste your most recent clipboard addition, but you can navigate through the six clipboards via Previous and Next Clipboard commands. Or text completions. When you pause typing, BBEdit displays words that begin with the letters you are typing, helping for completing phrases or lines of code. And you can set up preferences for the programming or markup language you are using in a document.

Syntax coloring: BBEdit uses syntax coloring for a broad range of languages (from HTML and Python to Objective-C) to highlight different parts of code to make it easier to read.

Script editor: BBEdit is highly scriptable, with many of its features and commands controllable via AppleScript, Apple's English-like scripting language used to automate actions.

Find and replace and more: Sure, BBEdit does find and replace. And you can use grep to create powerful pattern searches. And through the Find Differences command, you can compare the contents of two documents and view differences in a separate window to review and reconcile differences.

Cons

Not cross-platform: If you only work on Macs, you may not find a better text editor than the Apple-only BBEdit. But if you spend some of your time on Windows, you will need to look for an equally capable text editor, such as Sublime.

Bottom Line

For those who have used BBEdit, the latest update should look very familiar. But Bare Bones Software has added a basket of new features that make the new version of the text editor an essential tool, whether you are working with code or just managing documents. A free trial version runs for 30 days; purchase new for $49.99 or upgrade from BBEdit 11 for $29.99.

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Editors' Review

by   / October 18, 2017

The latest version of the much-loved BBEdit from Bare Bones Software might be the best text editor you can find on the Mac.

Pros

The same, even better: The text editor is 25 years old, but Bare Bones constantly updates and renews its popular BBEdit software to keep it an essential tool for coders and writers looking for an industrial-strength tool.

Basic to advanced text editing: BBEdit, of course, handles all the basics you'd expect in a text editor. You can add and delete text; drag and drop selections; and cut, copy, and paste selected text. BBEdit also offers multiple levels of undo and redo.

But it also has a few handy features you don't often find. For example, BBEdit has six separate clipboards. As you cut or copy text, the selection gets added to the next clipboard. You automatically paste your most recent clipboard addition, but you can navigate through the six clipboards via Previous and Next Clipboard commands. Or text completions. When you pause typing, BBEdit displays words that begin with the letters you are typing, helping for completing phrases or lines of code. And you can set up preferences for the programming or markup language you are using in a document.

Syntax coloring: BBEdit uses syntax coloring for a broad range of languages (from HTML and Python to Objective-C) to highlight different parts of code to make it easier to read.

Script editor: BBEdit is highly scriptable, with many of its features and commands controllable via AppleScript, Apple's English-like scripting language used to automate actions.

Find and replace and more: Sure, BBEdit does find and replace. And you can use grep to create powerful pattern searches. And through the Find Differences command, you can compare the contents of two documents and view differences in a separate window to review and reconcile differences.

Cons

Not cross-platform: If you only work on Macs, you may not find a better text editor than the Apple-only BBEdit. But if you spend some of your time on Windows, you will need to look for an equally capable text editor, such as Sublime.

Bottom Line

For those who have used BBEdit, the latest update should look very familiar. But Bare Bones Software has added a basket of new features that make the new version of the text editor an essential tool, whether you are working with code or just managing documents. A free trial version runs for 30 days; purchase new for $49.99 or upgrade from BBEdit 11 for $29.99.

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User Reviews
  • All Versions

    4.4

    out of 145 votes

    • 5 star 103
    • 4 star 18
    • 3 star 10
    • 2 star 8
    • 1 star 6
 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 13.1.2

  • Fixed bug in which the YAML coloring would get confused by the use of "&value" or "*value".

  • Open File by Name will now search for files in nested Xcode projects referenced by the currently active project (if there is one).

  • Fixed crash which would sometimes occur when closing a document containing a character set declaration that didn't match its actual text encoding, and opting to save, and clicking the "Save Anyway" button, and with the "Restore unsaved changes" application preference turned off.

  • Fixed bug in which the "#TITLE#" placeholder didn't get replaced with the title entered from the "New Document" dialog, when using a page template other than "Default Page".

  • Fixed bug in Unix shell script coloring in which "<<" followed by a number would be treated as the start of a heredoc (which was not likely to ever end).

  • Made a change to the Markdown syntax coloring so that a line break in the middle of an "inline code" run (i.e. "...") no longer causes confusion.

General

Publisher Bare Bones Software
Publisher web site http://www.barebones.com/
Release Date July 29, 2020
Date Added July 29, 2020
Version 13.1.2

Category

Category Developer Tools
Subcategory Coding Utilities

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave

Download Information

File Size 14.03MB
File Name BBEdit_13.1.2.dmg

Popularity

Total Downloads 178,905
Downloads Last Week 10

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $49.99
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