BBEdit is marketed under the trademark slogan, "It doesn't suck."
The first version of the BBEdit was created as a "proof of concept" for a "bare bones" text editor to replace the text editor included with Macs at the time, TeachText, which could not read files larger than 32K.
BBEdit was available at no charge from its initial release in 1991, but was commercialized in May 1993 with the release of version 2.5.
Bare Bones Software also made a free and less-featured version of BBEdit called BBEdit Lite. Bare Bones Software discontinued BBEdit Lite at version 6.1 and replaced it with TextWrangler, which was available for a fee, although significantly less than BBEdit. Several years later it was released for free.
The application contains powerful multi-file text searching capabilities including strong support for Perl-compatible regular expressions. BBEdit allows easy previewing and built-in debugging of HTML and provides built-in prototypes for most HTML constructs. It also includes FTP and SFTP tools and integrates with code management systems. BBEdit shows differences between file versions and allows for the merging of changes. Support for version control, including CVS, Perforce, and Subversion is built in.