Definitions

Structured editing

List of text editors

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.

System default

Free software

Graphical user interface

System default

Free software (free/libre/open-source)

Freeware

Personal license (free for individuals)

Commercial

Text user interface

System default

  • 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.

Others

  • 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.
  • Elvis
  • JED
  • JOE — A modern screen-based editor with a sort of enhanced-WordStar style to the interface, but can also emulate Pico.
  • LE
  • Nano — An open source clone of Pico.
  • 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)

Collaborative

ASCII art

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).
  • JavE
  • 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.
  • TheDrawANSI/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

Historical

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.
  • TeachText
  • 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.

Line editors

  • 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
  • QED

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