The Top 5 Free Text Editors for New Aspiring Front-End Web Developers

Choosing a text editor can be a little overwhelming today. For us seasoned Web Developers that may not be the case since we’re probably still using the same text editor that we started out with years ago. But what about those individuals who are thinking about or who are just getting into Web Development? Where do they begin?

For most, it all starts with selecting the right text editor. The engine that runs the operation.

You might have a good idea which text editor you want to use, or you might have a friend who swears by the text editor that they’re using. If that is not the case, your countless searches on Google for the best text editor is only making your decision more complicated. Since there are hundreds to choose from.

Finding the right text editor is important, it’ll most likely be the one program from your toolkit that you’ll use consistently for the next several years.

Before we get started here: Since this particular blog post is geared to those that are looking or just starting their adventures into web development. I understand that you might be lacking material to test each of these text editors out. I recommend downloading one of the Materialize templates which should only consist of a handful of HTML, CSS and Javascript files. Or you can download WordPress if you feel comfortable navigating through the several folders and files.

Atom

atom text editor
The Atom Text Editor by Github

This is my current text editor and I’m loving it. This free, open source text editor by Github is lightweight and offers plenty of features out of the box to get you started. If you think Atom is missing a feature that you might need, chances are there is a package for it. Atom has an army of talented developers who contribute to this editor in the form of packages.

Sublime

sublime text editor
Sublime Text Editor

Sublime might just be the most popular text editor out there and rightfully so. It’s powerful, lightweight and offers many features that make your life easier. It’s free somewhat. You’ll need to purchase a whopping $70.00 license to continue using it as it claims on their buy page. Which is kind of weird, since I was able to use it for months without having to purchase a license. You will get an annoying pop-up reminding you to spend your money once you close out of the program.

Notepad++

notepad++ text editor
The Notepad++ Text Editor

Notepad++ is still very much a great text editor. It’s the first text editor I started out with and it served me well. Thousands of web developers still use this as there go to text editor.

Brackets

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The Brackets Text Editor

Bracket is cool and probably works for most people and I would agree. Until, I installed Virtual Box with Ubuntu. I just couldn’t get the damn thing to load. I’m sure it was an issue on my end. For Windows and OS X? No issues.

Komodo

Komodo Text Editor
Komodo Text Editor

To be honest, I have yet to try Komodo as of this blog posting. The video version of this post will say otherwise once that is released. However, Komodo looks to be a solid text editor and seems to have a solid following. What’s this? It’s not free? I should probably update the title to this blog post.

Honorable Mention: Codeanywhere

Closing Notes: Clearly I’m still a little bias. For now, I’ll stick with Atom. Notepad ++ will be my go to if Atom fails me and once Brackets show some promise I’ll give them another hard look. Sublime sure does work and look good though.

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