Notepad++ Editor alternatives for Mac OS X

We all love Notepad++ Text Editor! it's the most advance and easy to use editor available and its free!! But it's unfortunate that Notepad++ does not support macOS (Mac OS X) yet! So you have to look for alternatives or equivalents.

Alternatives for Notepad++

1. TextEdit: macOS is shipped with TextEdit default editor just like we have Notepad for Windows, it is much better in features as compared to Notepad like support for regular expressions but does not have plugins and other features like syntax highlighting, String operations.

2. Sublime Text: It's one of the best Cross-Platform text editors that are available in the market. Works on All major Operating systems. As Notepad++, Sublime Text does have plugins support which makes it a powerful choice for Mac OS X. Only thing is it has a Proprietary software license.

3. BBEdit: This is yet another good alternative. Features include: Search and replace, syntax colouring for major programming languages, code folding, FTP and SFTP support, AppleScript, macOS Unix scripting support, text and code completion HTML markup tools and pattern (regex) matching support.

4 jEdit : it is a powerful text editor with hundreds of features and plugins. Its a free software and its source code is released under GPL 2.0

Some features:

  • Works on macOS, Unix and Windows Platforms.
  • Supports Syntax highlighting for over 200 programming languages.
  • Auto Indent feature and Word Wrap
  • Its highly configurable and customizable.
  • 100s Plugins and Macros supported that can be downloaded using Plugin Manager.

5 Smultron 7 : It is a Paid Text Editor that you can download from the App Store. It is very powerful easy to use editor with many helpful tools.

If you haven't find the right one you are looking here are some more ...

  1. TextMate
  2. TextWrangler
  3. Chocolat
  4. WriteRoom
  5. SubEthaEdit 4
  6. Fraise
  7. Kod
  8. Brackets
  9. Textastic
  10. VIM

There are a lot of free and paid text editors available for macOS. Though there is no Notepad++ for macOS, you would surely find a substitute.


  • There is this community on reddit that says a few names, but you got 15 of them, hmm I would keep vi editor somewere at 5 if you ask me!
    user213 20 Jul 2020 17:07:41 GMT
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