BBEdit is a proprietary text editor made by Bare Bones Software. It was originally developed for Macintosh System Software 6 and is now available for Mac OS X.

BBEdit is marketed under the trademark slogan, "It doesn't suck."


BBEdit was one of the earliest HTML editors on any platform. Taking advantage of its extensible nature, third party developers started writing plug-ins in 1994 to make composing web pages easier. The developers at Bare Bones Software first learned of the existence of HTML through users inquiring about these plug-ins and later bought the rights to the plug-ins and integrated them as part of the BBEdit package.

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.

BBEdit's creator code R*ch refers to Rich Siegel, Bare Bones Software founder.


BBEdit is designed for use by software developers and web designers. It has native support for many programming languages and custom modules can be created by users to support any language. BBEdit is not a word processor, meaning it does not have text formatting or page layout features.

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.

Some applications and integrated development environments (IDEs) provide direct support for using BBEdit as a third-party source code editor.

BBEdit supports the Open Scripting Architecture and can be scripted using AppleScript and other languages, as well as having the ability to execute AppleScripts itself.

Language support

BBEdit supports syntax highlighting for a wide variety of popular computer languages. As of version 8.7, these include: ANSI C, C++, CSS, Fortran (through Fortran 95), HTML, Java, JavaScript, JSP, Object Pascal, Objective-C, Objective-C++, Perl, PHP, Python, Rez, Ruby, Setext, SQL (including Transact-SQL, PL/SQL, MySQL, and PostgreSQL), Tcl, Tex, UNIX shell scripts, XML, and YAML. BBEdit's SDK allows users to develop additional language modules.


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