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Chocolat is a new text editor that combines native Cocoa with powerful text editing tools.


  • Split editing
  • Code completion
  • Live errors
  • Folding
  • Symbol list
  • Blockedit
  • Vim mode
  • Jump to definition
  • Project find
  • Go to file
  • Web preview
  • Documentation

What's New

Version 2.3:
  • Feature: Git support in the source list!
  • Note: JSHint now shows error codes.
  • Crash: Fixed crash with launch popover on 10.7. Note that this will be the last release to support 10.7 as we prepare for 10.10.


  • OS X 10.7 or later

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I'm a little fanatical about finding the ideal code editor. I've used Sublime Text, Coda, Espresso, BBEdit, Komodo Edit, and quite a few more. Chocolat is the one I keep coming back to when I need to get things done. Its more...

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Version 1.6.2
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Negritude Member IconComment+1082

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Version 2.1.1
Reowen Member IconComment+72

I tried it out, and project support seemed quite weak compared to BBEdit and Sublime Text.

To Chocolat a project is just a directory. By contrast, BBEdit and Sublime Text (ST) both allow an arbitrary set of folders in a project, which one can save and reopen later, restoring state (including which files are open). Both allow one to easily search an arbitrary subset of folders of a project (Chocolat can restrict search to a one folder, though it's somewhat hidden).

Also with Chocolat one can too easily leave the project dir and it's hard to get back (there's a menu to navigate up, but no obvious way to return).

I work on several big collaborative projects and I find strong project support very important. For smaller projects it's not needed and Chocolat might be a fine choice.

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Version 2.1
rcrooks1969 Member IconReview+8

I'm a little fanatical about finding the ideal code editor. I've used Sublime Text, Coda, Espresso, BBEdit, Komodo Edit, and quite a few more. Chocolat is the one I keep coming back to when I need to get things done. Its autocompletion/code-hinting isn't quite as good as ST2's or Komodo's yet, but there was a huge improvement in 1.5, and it's getting there - it's actually better for CSS and HTML than ST2, not quite as good for JavaScript and other programming languages. The mixin model using Node is brilliant -- just wish a few more developers were taking advantage of it, but that being said the Emmet mixin is superior to any other Emmet implementation that I've used. And though it does have its quirks and bugs, there are far fewer, I think, than in ST2 (or the ST3 beta.
If you spend a lot of your time writing code, this is at least worth a try.

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Version 1.6.2
Iliketrash Member IconComment+206

A feature that I _must_ have is being able to click on a reported compile error and then have the cursor placed in the source file at the place of the error. I don't see this in Chocolat. This feature will keep me with TextMate for a _long_ time until something great comes along that can also do this.

Maybe this feature is there and I'm missing it.

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Version 1.6
Fishscale Member IconComment+868

Beautiful UI coded for OS X exclusively is the only advantage I see over it's many formidable competitors which are either open source at this point (TextMate), free (TextWrangler), or are very scriptable/customizable (ST2/3) with lots of examples to get you started with their huge customer base and dedicated users.

Besides the beautiful UI. I do not see any advantages over existing editors. Not lighter on resources for one even though OS X native and I know it is still being developed and I'll continue to watch it and try it out every once in a while but I think development needs to be focused. It would benefit the developers and their users in the long run...

I like the app, will watch development, and keep faith it may one day become a leader in a tough class but I think the devs need to rethink their "cover every language and compete with the big dogs" approach and instead focus development on a few languages/aspects instead of doing everything "okay, as well, or almost as well" as some other bigger named editors that have been around for much longer. Do a few things better than the rest, and move on, pickup new users in the process. Make it more customizable than other text editors, provide (more) examples to make up for the lack of user base.

Just not worth the money when you compare it with the few examples that lead the class like BBEdit/TextWrangler, TextMate and Sublime Text 2/3. Lovely UI, I hope the code underneath the UI catches up, really want to like this app more than the others but I can't once I start using it.

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Version 1.6
Rc1969 Member IconReview+7

I've reviewed earlier versions, but the editor is now firmly out there, so time to update. In addition to Chocolat, I've used Sublime Text 2, Code 2, Expresso, Komodo Edit, Aptana Studio, and a few more. They all have their virtues and faults, but Chocolat has won me over, and is my regular code editor. The feature set is terrific, the UI very nice, and above all, it just feels right (this was why it ultimately won out for me over Sublime Text).
There are still odd bugs, and the autocompletion could be improved.
But that being said, this is my favorite code editor, and the app I use more than any other on my machine.

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Version 1.4.3
Iaian7 Member IconReview+36

I used to keep a close eye on the development of this application, participating in the open beta program and asking questions of the developers. Unfortunately I was very unimpressed with the process, and the developer made it clear they were uninterested in supporting many user needs, such as code comparison or file diff. That's a pretty foundational feature, in my opinion!

Ultimately TextWrangler is more capable in many cases, and while not remotely as pretty or modern, it can actually do what I need. And it's $49 cheaper. Not sure how Chocolat is intending to compete with that.

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Version 1.3.1
Steve Copley Member IconComment+62
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Version 1.3.1 release notes: "Bug – Fixed a bug that prevented rich people from switching between tabs"

How does Chocolat's personal wealth detection work?!

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Version 1.3.1
Iliketrash Member IconComment+206

SCRIPTING—this is huge!

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Version 1.3
Jason818 Member IconReview+12

I really like this editor. It has a lot of potential. Does anyone know if 1.0 supports images in the side panel?

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 10,474
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License Demo
Date 16 Apr 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $49.00
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