Whether you are a beginner or a PRO level web designer/developer, you need an HTML Editor to write your magic lines. In this post, I would focus on some of the Free HTML Editors for Windows computers that anyone can use. Most of these software are Open Source and can easily be downloaded from online. So, lets get started.
Notepad++: Most probably one of the very best and most popular Open Source HTML editor available out there. It is a very light weight software that can edit almost all the popular web file format (php, html, css, js, pl, py, sql you name it) that you can think off. You have the option of installing various useful plugins which would definitely make your life lot easier. Especially, if you are working on Web Development field. I personally use Notepad++ for designing and developing websites and I love it.
SynWrite: I would call this editor as the rising superstar in Open Source editor world. It is fairly new but it’s features are simply mind boggling. You can’t even imagine how many file format it supports. Literally, anyone can write an essay on this little software. If you are familiar with Notepad++, you would find this editor to be really simple. It comes with FTP Client built-in within this application. If I ever stop using Notepad++, most probably SynWrite would be my second best choice.
Bluefish: This is my third best choice for editing web files. This software is robust in features yet its light foot-print would make you fall in love. It supports almost all the major OS you can think off. If you don’t want to download and try it out, feel free to take a look at some of the video review from YouTube. And yes, this is also an Open Source software.
ConTEXT Editor: Yet another light weight Open Source text editing software that can not only be used for web development but also as a secondary tool for software development. It supports all the major web file formats (html, php, css, sql, js etc.) along with Fortran, Foxpro, C/C++, Pascal, Visual Basic source code files. Even though it’s not as robust as many other freeware HTML editors, yet it makes one of the best choice for beginners as it is easy to use. In case if you don’t want to install this software to try it out, try the portable version. You might fall in love with this tiny yet powerful editor.
KompoZer: A very popular Open Source Web authoring tool that supports all the major OS (Windows, Mac OSX and GNU/Linux) based platform. There are quite a few “Add-On”s are already available for additional features. Check out their site’s “Lab” section for upcoming add-ons. You also have the flexibility to install this software with various language support.
Aptana Studio: A very powerful Open Source web development tool that you may have ever came across. To me, this is the last word for almost any web developer. You can do pretty much anything and everything with Aptana Studio. However, this editor is not a light weight software, not at least as an web editing tool. That’s just one reason why I never liked it.
PSPad: Another freeware editor for writing HTML, PHP, JS, CSS, C/C++ and other languages. This little program comes with a built in FTP client which would allow anyone to edit files and upload the directly from the editor. In fact you can even edit live files from the FTP server. This light weight editor has the option to use with few other extensions to increase it’s functionality.
gedit: Compare to other editors, gedit is fairly simple and it is darn easy to use. Yet, this light weight editor supports quite a few languages (C, C++, Java, HTML, XML, Python, Perl and more) and has the syntax highlighter. It supports all the major Operating Systems (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) and comes with clutter free GUI.
Amaya: Amaya is also an Open Source software jointly developed by W3C and WAM. Even though Amaya came long way since its initial release (1997), its development process became slow over the years and it is kind of backdated compare to other modern editors. This software was written in C and it supports wide range of operating systems including Unix. To be honest, there is nothing special about this editor besides being a freeware and a software project that was supported by W3C.
Arachnophilia: If I am not getting it wrong, Arachnophilia was my first HTML editor. I started writing HTML, CSS with Arachnophilia back in 1996 and used it for so many years. I am pretty sure most of the web designers of mid 90’s knows this little software pretty well. Its a bare bone software but it still packs a punch. Regardless of all the newer software and their robust features, this masterpiece would always be on my list (freeware) until Mr. Paul Lutus stops releasing newer version of this Editor.
Am I missing something? Feel free to drop me a line from the comment section below. What HTML Editor are you using?