Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Top 10 Linux/UNIX Text HTML Editors

Text editors are HTML editors that allow you to manipulate the HTML tags directly. Some HTML text editors also include a WYSIWYG editor, while others are purely text. This is my list of the best HTML text editors for Linux and UNIX, in order from best to worst.
List updated: November 5, 2010

1. Komodo Edit

Komodo EditScreen shot by J Kyrnin
Komodo Edit is hands down the best free XML editor available. It includes a lot of great features for HTML and CSS development. Plus, if that isn't enough, you can get extensions for it to add on languages or other helpful features (like special characters). It's not the best HTML editor, but it's great for for the price, especially if you build in XML. I use Komodo Edit every day for my work in XML and I use it a lot for basic HTML editing as well. This is one editor I'd be lost without.
There are two versions of Komodo: Komodo Edit and Komodo IDE.
Version: 6.0.0
Score: 215 / 69%

2. Komodo IDE

Komodo IDEScreen shot by J Kyrnin
Komodo IDE is a great tool for developers who are building more than just web pages. It has support for a wide variety of languages including Ruby, Rails, PHP, and more. If you're building Ajax web applications, you should take a look at this IDE. It is also great for teams as there is a lot of collaboration support built-into the IDE.
There are two versions of Komodo: Komodo Edit and Komodo IDE.
Version: 6.0.0
Score: 195.5 / 63%
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3. Aptana Studio

Aptana StudioScreen shot by J Kyrnin
Aptana Studio is an interesting take on web page development. Instead of focusing on the HTML, Aptana focuses on the JavaScript and other elements that allow you to create Rich Internet Applications. One of the things I really like is the outline view that makes it really easy to visualize the DOM. This makes for easier CSS and JavaScript development. If you are a developer creating web applications, Aptana Studio is a good choice.
Version: 2.0.5
Score: 183 / 59%
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4. NetBeans

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NetBeans IDE is a Java IDE that can help you build robust web applications. Like most IDEs it has a steep learning curve because they don’t often work in the same way that web editors do. But once you get used to it you’ll be hooked. One nice feature is the version control included in the IDE which is really useful for people working in large development environments. If you write Java and web pages this is a great tool.
Version: 6.9
Score: 179 / 58%
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5. Screem

ScreemScreen shot by J Kyrnin
Screem is a versatile text web page editor and XML editor. It recognizes the Doctype you're using and validates and completes tags based on that. It also includes wizards and help that you don't always see on Unix software. I especially like how it handles the doctype as you can use it to edit more than just HTML - any language that can be defined by a doctype can be edited in Screem.
Version: 0.16.1
Score: 170 / 55%
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6. Bluefish

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Bluefish is a full featured web editor for Linux. And the 2.0 release adds a lot of great new features. There are also native executables for Windows and Macintosh. There is code-sensitive spell check, auto complete of many different languages (HTML, PHP, CSS, etc.), snippets, project management, and auto-save. It is primarily a code editor, not specifically a web editor. This means that it has a lot of flexibility for web developers writing in more than just HTML, but if you’re a designer by nature you might not like it as much.
Version: 2.0.2
Score: 166 / 54%
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7. Eclipse

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Eclipse is a complex development environment that is perfect for people who do a lot of coding on various different platforms and with different languages. It is structured as plug-ins so if you need to edit something, you just find the appropriate plug-in and go. If you are creating complex web applications, Eclipse has a lot of features to help make your application easier to build. There are Java, JavaScript, and PHP plugins, as well as a plugin for mobile developers.
Version: 3.6.1
Score: 157 / 51%

8. UltraEdit

UltraEditScreen shot by J Kyrnin
UltraEdit is a text editor, but wow, it's got a lot of the features usually found in tools considered to be web editors exclusively. If you're looking for a powerful text editor that can handle nearly any text situation you might come across, then UltraEdit is a great choice.
Version: 16.2
Score: 146 / 47%

9. SeaMonkey

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SeaMonkey is the Mozilla project all-in-one Internet application suite. It includes a web browser, email and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and composer — the web page editor. One of the nice things about using SeaMonkey is that you have the browser built-in already so testing is a breeze. Plus it's a free WYSIWYG editor with an embedded FTP to publish your web pages.
Version: 2.0.8
Score: 139 / 45%

10. KompoZer

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KompoZer is a good WYSIWYG editor. It is based on the popular Nvu editor — only it is called an “unofficial bug-fix release.” KompoZer was conceived by some people who really liked Nvu, but were fed up with the slow release schedules and poor support. So they took it over and released a less buggy version of the software. Ironically, there hasn't been a new release of KompoZer since 2007.
Version: 0.7.10
Score: 127 / 41%

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