The following is a list of text editors
. For a list of outliners
, see that article's external links.
Graphical and Text User Interface
The following editors can either be used with a Graphical user interface or a Text user interface.
Graphical user interface
Free software (free/libre/open-source)
Personal license (free for individuals)
Text user interface
- nvi (installed as vi by default in BSD operating systems and some Linux distributions) — A free replacement for the original vi which maintains compatibility while adding some new features.
- vi (default under Unix — unless replaced by a vi-clone) — One of the earliest screen-based editors, available in Unix, and part of the POSIX standard. Vi is based on ex.
- ee (Easy Edit) — a simple text editor for FreeBSD.
- ed has been the default editor on Unix since the birth of Unix. Either ed or a compatible editor is available on all systems labeled as Unix.
- MS-DOS Editor is the default on MS-DOS since version 5 and is included with all 32-bit versions of Windows that do not rely on a separate copy of DOS.
- E was the text editor in PC-DOS 7, PC-DOS 2000, and OS/2
- edlin was the default editor on MS-DOS prior to version 5 and is also available on MS-DOS 5.0 and Windows NT.
- Diakonos — a customizable, usable console-based text editor.
- Emacs — A screen-based editor with an embedded computer language, Emacs Lisp. Early versions were implemented in TECO, see below.
- JOE — A modern screen-based editor with a sort of enhanced-WordStar style to the interface, but can also emulate Pico.
- Nano — An open source clone of Pico.
- SETEDIT — a clone of the editor of Borland's Turbo* IDEs
- vile — A vi work-alike which retains the vi command-set while adding aspects of the Emacs editing paradigm: multiple windows and buffers, infinite undo, colorization, scriptable expansion capabilities, etc.
- mcedit — Full featured terminal text editor for Unix-like systems.
- ne - a minimal, modern replacement for vi.
No User Interface (Editor Library, Toolkit)
Editors and viewers that are specifically designed for the creation of ASCII and ANSI text art.
- ACiDDraw — Designed for editing ASCII text art. Supports ANSI color (ANSI X3.64).
- PabloDraw — ANSI/ASCII editor allowing multiple users to edit via TCP/IP network connections.
- Tetradraw — an ANSI art editor for *nix operating systems with mult-user editing support.
- TheDraw — ANSI/ASCII text editor for MS DOS and PCBoard file format support
- TundraDraw — a cross-platform ANSI and ASCII editor
- AsciiO - cross-platform ASCII diagram creation
ASCII Font Editors
- FIGlet — For creating ASCII Art text.
- TheDraw — ANSI/ASCII text editor with built-in editor and manager of ASCII fonts
Visual and full-screen editors
- aee — "advanced easy editor" for Unix. Still available in most package managers, but seldom used.
- Brief — A very popular programmer's editor for DOS.
- Edit.app — The default text editor for NEXTSTEP systems.
- Edit application — A programmer's editor for Classic Mac OS.
- MS-DOS Editor — A menu-based editor introduced to supersede edlin in MS-DOS version 5.0 and up. Still available under Microsoft Windows, but seldom used.
- EDT — A character based editor used on DEC PDP-11s and VAXen.
- LEXX — editor for the Oxford English Dictionary, possibly the first to use live parsing and colour syntax highlighting (runs on VM/CMS); derivatives known as LPEX (run on Windows, Linux, Java JVM, OS/2, AIX, etc.)
- O26 — written for the operator console of the CDC 6000 series machines in the mid-1960s
- Red — A VAX/VMS editor, written in Forth variant STOIC.
- se — An early screen-based editor for Unix.
- SED — Cross-platform editor from the 1980s, ran on TOPS-10, TOPS-20 and VMS.
- SEDT — A multiplatform EDT work-alike
- Source Entry Utility or SEU — A full screen editor that ran on the IBM System/38 and still runs on the IBM AS/400 as a legacy. (Currently being phased out in favor of the WebSphere Development Studio Client editor that runs on the Eclipse platform.)
- STET (the 'STructured Editing Tool') — may have been the first folding editor; its first version was written in 1977.
- TECO — One of the most advanced character-based editors, which included a programming language. While usually described as a line editor, it included screen editing capabilities at least as early as 1965.
- NED (text editor) — The Rand fullscreen text editor, also known as re. A white-space editor, allowing arbitrary cursor movement past end-of-line or the last character of the file. Small amount of integration with the MH mail system.
- Colossal Typewriter — An early editor thought to be written for the PDP-1
- ed — (1) Unix's early line editor, (2) CP/M's line editor.
- edlin — A line editor delivered with MS-DOS.
- ex — An EXtended version of Unix's ed, later evolved into the visual editor vi.
- GEDIT (aka George 3 EDITor) was a TECO-like editor including a programming language for the GEC 4000 series computers
- sed — A non-interactive programmable stream editor available in Unix.
- TECO — One of the most advanced character-based editors, which included a programming language.
- TEDIT — GEC 4000 series editor based on the Cambridge Titan EDIT