TextWrangler
TextWrangler
5.5.2

4.8

TextWrangler free download for Mac

TextWrangler

21 September 2016

Free general purpose text editor.

Overview

Note from the developers site: "We are sunsetting TextWrangler, and we encourage anyone interested in TextWrangler to download and use BBEdit instead."

TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator's tool. Oh, and also, like the best things in life, it's free. TextWrangler is the "little brother" to BBEdit, a leading professional HTML and text editor.

Features
  • General-purpose text editor
  • Programmer's text editor
  • Unix and server administrator's tool
  • Powerful text transformer and manipulator
  • Good Mac OS citizen
  • Powerfully useful tool
  • Product developed in the best traditions of Bare Bones Software, with high performance, ease of use, a rich feature set, and the ability to read its own release notes

What's new in TextWrangler

Version 5.5.2:
Additions:
  • On the "Text Display" submenu of the View menu, there are three new commands: "Zoom In", "Zoom Out", and "Actual Size". Use these to change the magnification of the text in editing views. For convenience you can assign keyboard equivalents to these commands in the "Menus & Shortcuts" preferences.
Changes:
  • The "List Display Font" setting in the Appearance preferences has been replaced with a slider to set the font size. Lists in the application all use the system font. Most will use the specified size, except in specific cases where circumstance requires the use of a fixed font size.
  • Added Command-K and Command-R as keyboard equivalents for "Check Syntax" and "Run", respectively.
  • Differences that have been applied are now crossed out in the Differences window list, in order to avoid janky font italicizing effects on some OS versions.
  • When using "Check Syntax" or "Run" on an unsaved or untitled document, the application will now write out a temporary copy of the document. In the case of untitled documents, the temporary copy will be in the system-designated temporary items location, which is arbitrary but generally not anywhere near $HOME.
Fixes:
  • Fixed a case in which changes made by a documentDidSave attachment script would trigger a subsequent warning about the document having unsaved changes.
  • Fixed a pair of bugs that conspired to prevent scratchpad documents (the Scratchpad and Unix Worksheet) from correctly remembering and restoring their state across open/close cycles.
  • Fixed a crash which would occur when changing a language-specific color scheme setting to "Application Defaults".
  • The "BBEdit Light" and "BBEdit Classic" color schemes no longer include explicit highlight colors, thus allowing the system highlight color selection to apply.
  • Fixed bug in which the color used for highlighting selected items in lists wouldn't always track changes to the highlight color setting in the General system preferences.
  • Fixed a crash which would occur on OS X 10.12 when opening the Preferences window more than once during a run of the application. (This addresses Radar 27293621.)
  • Fixed bug in which using up-arrow and down-arrow while in the Open File by Name window's search box would change the selection in the results list, without bringing it into view.
  • Worked around OS behavior on 10.11 in which the search box in the Open File by Name window would lose keyboard focus and not get it back when it should have.
  • Fixed bug in which changing the "Document navigation" setting in the Appearance preferences didn't take effect until you created a new window or restarted the application.
  • Fixed bug in which the file info panel for remote documents (opened via built-in FTP/SFTP or a third-party file transfer client) would show file information for the backing cache file, rather than hiding the Info and Permissions tabs as was intended.
  • The "Copy Path" commands on the Edit menu now behave reasonably for documents opened from remote sources via the built-in FTP/SFTP support as well as by external file-transfer clients.
  • Fixed a bug in which a -37 error would be reported when trying to save a new document with a name containing certain characters.
  • Fixed bug in which keywords matched by the "Keyword Pattern" in a codeless language module were colored as comments rather than as keywords.
  • Fixed bug in which "Open Counterpart" and the Counterparts menu didn't find eligible files in the absence of data from the Open File by Name cache.
  • Fixed bug in which filenames whose extensions ended with a decimal digit would not match a custom language mapping for that extension.
  • Made a change to resolve an SSL connection failure when attempting "Check for Updates" on macOS Sierra.
  • Fixed a layout goof in the Keyboard preferences on pre-10.11 OS versions.
  • Fixed a bug in progress reporting in which the progress dialog would occasionally be blank, except for the progress bar and Cancel button.
  • Added additional diagnostic logging to help diagnose cases in which Unix tool execution fails unexpectedly.
  • TeX comments no longer interfere with Balance operations.
  • When using the "Check Syntax" or "Run" commands for a supported language, the command path in the #! line is now honored in preference to the language module's built-in command. Any specific arguments for debugging (e.g. -d for Perl) may be added as needed, and if so will be added after any arguments specified on the #! line.
  • Updated the list of Perl keywords, and split Perl predefined functions into a separate list so that they're colored as predefined names, and not as language keywords.
  • When using the "Check Syntax" or "Run" commands for a supported language, the command path in the #! line is now honored in preference to the language module's built-in command. Any specific arguments for debugging (e.g. -d for Perl) may be added as needed, and if so will be added after any arguments specified on the #! line.
  • Fixed cosmetic bug in which items in the recently used search strings popup (in the Find and Multi-File Search windows) had backslashes escaped.
  • Fixed bug in which the general-purpose "Unix Script Output" log would be nested one folder deeper in ~/Library/Logs/BBEdit/ than it should have been.
  • Fixed a crash which would occur when using a property specifier as the source for a scripted multi-file search/replace operation.
  • Text output from Unix scripts and filters is now normalized, so that any carriage return (ASCII 13) characters are converted to the internal representation, rather than appearing as gremlins.
  • Fixed drawing glitch which would occur when showing or hiding the Navigation Bar.
  • Script execution from the "Run" command now displays progress in situations where it didn't before.
  • When looking for installed Unix tools, the application will now enforce the restriction that any binary executables actually contain code that is runnable on the current CPU architecture. This fixes problems on systems that have obsolete PowerPC code installed in paths used by the application to find executables.
  • Removed vestigial entry from the results alert for the "Install Command-Line Tools" operation.
  • Fixed bug in which Markdown syntax coloring would become inconsistent during certain edits in text that was not part of a list or quoted block.
  • Fixed incorrect coloring of Markdown inline code while typing an unterminated code run at the end of a document.
  • Fixed drawing glitch which would occur in the list header of disk browser windows when resizing the sidebar required a text layout change.
  • Added support for the "squished heredoc" syntax introduced in Ruby 2.3.
  • Removed the factory default keyboard equivalent for "Print All", because it's a little too close to the factory default equivalent for "Previous Document".
  • Made a change to improve behavior when receiving text dragged from applications which only provide byte-swapped UTF-16 (I'm looking at *you*, Messages.app).
  • Fixed drawing glitches which would occur when resizing the sidebar in Differences windows.
  • Fixed bug in which the size of the differences list in Differences windows was not maintained correctly when reshaping the window (and sometimes it would disappear altogether).
  • When creating a new document from stationery, and the stationery file has a name extension that maps to a known language, the new document's language will be set to that language. For example, a new document created from a stationery file named "foo.tex" will have a language of TeX, and a document created from a stationery file named "bar.mm" will have a language of Objective-C++.
  • Fixed bug in which the application would crash while opening the Multi-File Search window in cases where a previously selected text document had had its backing file deleted.
  • "Remove Line Breaks" no longer causes a visible "jump" to the beginning of the document in the view being processed.
  • Fixed bug in which using the Text Options popover would destabilize the application.
  • The Terminal command file generated by "Run in Terminal" now contains logic to delete itself as well as the temporary copy created when running an unsaved document (if applicable) after execution is complete.
  • Fixed bug in which literal string matching ("is", "is not") in file filters was case sensitive.
  • Made changes to improve usability with SFTP servers that implement obsolete versions of the protocol (in particular, CoreFTP on Windows).
  • Fixed a crash which would occur when spawning shell subtasks on macOS 10.12.
  • If a Differences window has exactly one unsaved document displayed and focus is in the differences list, the "Save" and "Revert" commands will now operate on that document, rather than doing nothing.
  • Fixed various memory leaks.
  • When running on OS X 10.10 or later and "Increase contrast" is turned on in the system Accessibility preferences, text for UI elements in editing windows is now drawn darker, as are dividing lines between some UI elements.
  • Fixed bug in which emacs mode lines which specified unrecognized modes would set a document's language to "None", even when the document's filename extension correctly indicated the language.
  • Made a change to Open File by Name searching so that exact matches for the entered file name are found, even in very large search spaces, rather than being lost due to restrictions on the maximum number of search results.
  • When a document opens in a disk browser or results list window as a result of clicking on an item in the sidebar (or results list, as appropriate), the text view no longer draws as though it has keyboard focus, since it doesn't.
  • When running on macOS 10.12, our additions to the spelling panel are suppressed in order to work around a bug in which the OS lays out the panel incorrectly. (Radar 28263496.)
  • Fixed crashes and other misbehavior which would occur when switching between a color scheme and customized settings.
  • Worked around a bug in macOS 10.12 which would cause strange behavior when switching color schemes or changing individual color settings in the "Text Colors" preferences.
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123 Reviews of TextWrangler

SickTeddyBear
06 January 2011
Version: 3.5

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One reason you should continue to use MacUpdate instead of the Mac App Store: http://groups.google.com/group/textwrangler/browse_thread/thread/9434004c9098cabc
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peter24099
18 December 2018
Version: 5.5.2
Too bad this editor was abandoned. It is still my favourite editor for macOS... Will have a look at BBEdit.
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Pjot
04 March 2017
Version: 5.5.2
Back Bones will retire TextWrangler but offers a free version of BBEdit instead. See http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/
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5
BenjaminW
26 February 2017
Version: 5.5.2
Great all round editor.
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5
carthage
10 September 2016
Version: 5.5.1
Free s/w doesn't get better than this. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a paid for app better than this, save for BB's own BBEDit. Kudos to the developers for giving so much away for free.
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5
joker55
30 July 2016
Version: 5.5.1
This is an app that permanently resides in my dock. Outside of Xcode this is my text editor of choice. Yes it could probably do with a little UI updating but at the end of the day it's a solid, dependable app. The fact it's free is amazing really.
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Ollie1972
29 July 2016
Version: 5.5.1
Very nice editor but I think the GUI needs an overhaul now. It doesn't resemble how modern OSX/macOS apps work/look.

Still, the best free editor you can get your hands on.
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5
BenjaminW
12 July 2016
Version: 5.0.2
A well proven text editor with a hart for details. Its mind blowing this is given for free. I would gladly pay for this ! Highly recommend
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5
peters83
14 January 2016
Version: 5.0.2
My favorite editor! I especially like that you can open .zip or gzipped text files directly. Perfect for looking at server logs.
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5
bill-johnes
11 December 2015
Version: 5.0.2
Using it as an alternative to Notepad++ on Windows. Great and powerful tool.
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5
uce-hole
22 November 2015
Version: 5.0.2
Up to date & free... Thank you for this handy app dev!
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5
Uniquepito
30 September 2015
Version: 5.0
FINALLY!!! There's a new feature: "Highlight instances of selected text". Now it's the best editor for Mac I've ever had!
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5
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
30 September 2015
Version: 5.0
It's remarkable that Bare Bones Software is still supporting this free app after all these years. It's perhaps the best tool around (besides BBEdit itself) for writing code of any kind.
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5
fridafroh
26 June 2015
Version: 4.5.12
Great App and my usual "go to" editor for anything that is at least remotely text related.
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5
bobmcleod
11 June 2015
Version: 4.5.12
just awesome. And FREE!
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5
WisdomL0RD
28 May 2015
Version: 4.5.12
Best editor. Great to edit all sorts of files.
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Welandr
01 March 2015
Version: 4.5.12
10 points...thx
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5
richb1993
28 February 2015
Version: 4.5.12
Great text editor with a plethora of functions that make it great for coders. Highly recommended.
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Mcr
11 December 2014
Version: 4.5.12
Version 4.5.12: Works around a bug in OS X 10.10 Yosemite which causes the size of the "Open" and "Save" file dialog boxes to creep until the bottom of the dialog is no longer accessible. Wow, I had seen this happening to me but never made the connection it was only in TextWrangler. Glad it is fixed, because at one point the dialog was so tall it was off the screen, I couldn't reach a Cancel button, and could not grab any part of the window to resize. Had to Force Quit, and lost all my edits.
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Whisperquiet
11 December 2014
Version: 4.5.12
Easy and simple to use, opens and saves a variety or formats, text high-lighting and more. An essential application to have. Thank you Bare Bones.
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Tsehov
11 December 2014
Version: 4.5.12
By far the best text editor for mac user. I use it in editing html, css, php and text files, and it is very capable for all of them. It is surprising TextWrangler is free.
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5
bravesirshanus
15 November 2014
Version: 4.5.11
I'm sorry BareBones, but the honest truth is: I typically use TextWrangler even over BBEdit. It's super-fast, insanely full-featured for a free app (more so in fact than many apps I pay for), and remarkably stable (well, ok, practically EVERY app has run into a few issues after one or another new OSX release -- including the ones *I* make -- but that has more to do with frequent breaking API changes at the OS level). As a scatter-brained developer who is ALWAYS working on more projects than he ought to, and in turn always worrying he'll lose some chunk of code, if the relevant file isn't staring him in the face, only TextWrangler can stand up to my habits. Example? Right now, I have ( -- OH MY GOD, I just had to count twice to believe it -- ) _186_ (one hundred eigthy-six) open text files; and that's normal. I doubt that number has dipped below 100 in over 6 months, but I haven't lost a single sentence, despite frequently neglecting to save or name files for several months on end, plus a dozen power failures from a dying battery. Yet, after diligently restoring every file's state upon start-up, TextWrangler handles each task no differently than if I had only 1 or 2 open documents (excepting multi-file searches, obviously :) ). Did I mention some files are routinely 10's of MBs in size? I could go on. Seriously, if anything you do typically involves a monospace font, you SHOULD at least have tried TextWrangler -- and I'd be surprised if it hasn't earned a place in your workflow!
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ozgur-1
11 November 2014
Version: 4.5.11
best text editor for the mac, hands down
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Chrischram
29 October 2014
Version: 4.5.11
I currently use the Mac App Store version of TextWrangler. Since Bare Bones has chosen not to continue updating the App Store version of BBEdit, I'm wondering if the same applies to TextWrangler. Does anyone know?
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Masterminter
22 October 2014
Version: 4.5.10
Awesome html editor! About the best and free.
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FireMuffin
02 September 2014
Version: 4.5.10
Wonderful text editor, still supports Snow Leopard, and free. Thank you to Bare Bones. A really great and useful application, one of my favorites.
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Christel1987
01 September 2014
Version: 4.5.10
Best free editor for OSX. Period. :)
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MacMec
27 August 2014
Version: 4.5.10
All purpose editor. I most like the AppleScript Recorde which actually works opposed to Apple's own recording, which doesn't.
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anonymous-skink-4656
27 August 2014
Version: 4.5.10
I tried to use many similar programs - always at the end go back to TextWrangler - is the most convenient. Very good application.
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Simon-W
12 August 2014
Version: 4.5.9
Best application for text, very fast and it do what I want!
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Aargl
12 March 2014
Version: 4.5.7
I think I've never reviewed this though I've been using it for years now... :-) I use it for any raw text file, and more specifically to check and compare prefs, html or xml files of any kind. When you've changed a .css file with your favorite web creation app and want to sum up all the changes you've made from the original file, it's quite perfect — just an example. I've also been able to recover data from a well known Todo app that messed up things between versions... ;-) Nice app!
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Jgj
05 March 2014
Version: 4.5.7
4.5.7 Crashed upon first launch repeatedly on 10.9.2. However, I was able to fix this by trashing the preference plist and starting over.
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Shodan
04 March 2014
Version: 4.5.6
I've been using jEdit for years and have been wondering whether trying another editor was worth the time investment. Has anyone used/compared TextWrangler (or another editor) with jEdit? If so, would you mind sharing your thoughts/opinions? Cheers.
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Erik-Carlson
29 January 2014
Version: 4.5.6
Wow like BBedit light :-)
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Penguirl
11 October 2013
Version: 4.5.3
I am no coder by any means, but when I do need a plain text editor TextWrangler is what I turn to. My lazy, sloppy hosts file worked just fine in 10.6 but when I upgraded to 10.8 it was not filtering out the connections that I do not want. Using TextWrangler I was able to do a find and replace using spaces & carriage returns that fixed my hosts file up in a jiffy. No more Facebook, etc… Yay! Thank you Bare Bones!
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DirkTheMenace
19 August 2013
Version: 4.5.3
Fantastic editor. Remarkably for free too !! It's simple: if you need a very good code/text editor, you need this.
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Jjpong
06 June 2013
Version: 4.5.2
I like TextWrangler a lot especially after Apple, Inc. has made TextEdit pretty much useless for editing programming code snippets. What bothers me, though, is that TextWrangler always opens a new document sheet with the maximum height possible. Every time I create a document sheet, I have to adjust its height, which costs me 2 seconds or more.
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Toad
05 June 2013
Version: 4.5.2
Why is it that when I start the last three versions of TextWrangler it opens all 5000 files in the last directory I edited a file in? I keep reverting to 3.5.3.
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4.5
Unicorn
27 May 2013
Version: 4.5.1
I use this because Text edit (native mac text app) doesn't appear the same to windows users. I have to save the text as formatted for windows. Sometimes I may even get a broken text file, and this helps with the different language codes you can open it with. I know it does more than that~ but I'm happy that there's something like this around :3
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3.5
M-Rick
26 April 2013
Version: 4.5.1
Reverted to version 4.0.1 because those stupid jerks removed the convert to ASCII command… It is necessary to clean some text, to execute SQL command for example in my case…
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Kripton
04 April 2013
Version: 4.5.1
This app app is a must. It can open every file, even the bigger ones. It's easy to write any kind of code with it. C, PHP, etc.
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Caleb-Gilbert
23 March 2013
Version: 4.5
I don't know what happened to 4.5's "compare front documents" but it was one of the only reason I use TextWrangler. (the new "compare front windows" implementation to me is unusable) So back to an older version of textwrangler I go.
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Emale999
22 February 2013
Version: 4.5
Using it for work. PHP, HTML, Perl, Bash...TextWrangler always does what I need. And there are not many other text editors that are able to directly edit files from FTP-Servers. That's a big benefit for me.
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Shk747
22 February 2013
Version: 4.5
perfect, thank you !
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4.5
Toad
21 February 2013
Version: 4.5
First class, and has been for many years.
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4.5
Whisperquiet
21 February 2013
Version: 4.5
Yet another 'must have' piece of software. For text editing or editing of css, java and html, Text Wrangler is my 'go-to'. Offering colour coded text and a great 'find and replace'. And its Free! Thank you Bare Bones.
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0.5
Tony2013
09 February 2013
Version: 4.0.1
I keep all my text files on an encrypted partition, and I have setup TextWrangler to automatically open up all text files which were opened in last session, however, if I load TextWrangler and my encrypted partition was not active, TextWrangler opens up blank pages, and then if I close TextWrangler and unencrypt my text partition, TextWrangler should automatically open all text files which were originally opened, but it doesn't. Any FIX?
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Tareed
14 December 2012
Version: 4.0.1
I have used plain text editors extensively for many years, but I've never found one that I liked better than TextWrangler. It's extremely powerful. One thing I frequently do with it is use the grep-based find and replace to massage data from an awkward form (such as copied from a table on a web site) into something more useable (like tab-delimited data fit for import into a database or spreadsheet).
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gatovadio
01 August 2012
Version: 4.0.1
for a non-coder like me, i could simply use simple css to edit css files, jubler to fix encodings in subtitles files, gas mask to edit the hosts file or any other locked file, and pref setter to edit property list files. they're all good free apps. yes, i "could". textwrangler doesn't need any more ratings. just try it.
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Regular-Warren
17 May 2012
Version: 4.0.1
If you're looking for a text editor, you can't go wrong with TextWrangler.
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Orion-Mk-V
17 May 2012
Version: 4.0.1
Remains my favorite text editor for formatting, quick code editing, cleaning up odd formatting and simple multi-file search/replace. Oh, and the price is hard to beat.
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Makosuke
10 May 2012
Version: 4.0
After upgrading to TextWrangler 4.0 I'm no longer getting type-specific Finder icons--just generic blank ones (I have preview icons turned off for speed). This is on two separate systems, too. This was never a problem with previous versions of TextWrangler, and files owned by anything else use the custom icon correctly (including the same files that TextWrangler fails on--switch an HTML doc to Expresso, for example, and it shows the Espresso icon.) I've gone through the basics for the issue; re-did the "Open with" and applied to all, repaired permissions, rebooted, redownloaded and replaced the application with a fresh copy. Nobody else is reporting this, but I'm seeing it on two different computers. Is there something obvious I'm missing?
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Lesoth0
02 May 2012
Version: 4.0
If you don't want to do the heavy-lifting in DreamWeaver, or just alter some HTML coding then TextWrangler is simply wonderful. Bares Bones' software has always been the dog's bollocks but this is fabulous.
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turboyou
01 May 2012
Version: 4.0
Best text editor for any platform, fast, easy and FREEE!!
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4.5
Uniquepito
15 April 2012
Version: 4.0
Please implement support of highlighting same words in the opened file. For example when user select some word, other - same words in the file will be highlighted... then this app will get 5 stars from me! This feature I'm missing so much!
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4.5
Cunamara
12 April 2012
Version: 4.0
I like TW and use it for basically two things- HTML and Lilypond files. The UI changes are OK, I'm not really qualified to discuss the under the hood changes except for... I use TW to edit and compile Lilypond files, but 4.0 breaks those scripts (found here, I don't have the skills to write them: http://users.dimi.uniud.it/~nicola.vitacolonna/home/content/lilypond-textwrangler) Unfortunately I have no idea why or how to fix it...
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David-Evian
23 February 2012
Version: 3.5.3
TextWrangler is great. Have been using this line since BBEdit days. Interesting, last PPC BBEdit was much faster than Universal Binary TW, although I haven't tried this latest one on PPC. It's a solid and impressive developer's text editor.
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Xente
17 January 2012
Version: 3.5.3
I love this thing. I recently learned the basics of Java and decided to try other languages. With Text Wrangler, I've been able to try Perl, Python, and Shell Scripts--that's all I tried, it's not limited to these-- all in the same place. My only complaint is that when you select "Run in Terminal," it opens Terminal, then you have to Run in Terminal again. At least that's been my experience, not sure if I'm doing something wrong. Oh, and it's free. Simply awesome!
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ModStereo
22 November 2011
Version: 3.5.3
If you need something more than just textedit, then this app is your one stop shop. Use it every day on a huge range of tasks!
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expand
14 August 2011
Version: 3.5.3
I learned HTML on this app, it was much more fun than the usual suspects. Although my usage has been basic, I have to say it is excellent and I recommend it to anyone who wants to write up auction pages or basic web pages. Thank you very much to the developers for making it free.
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Big-Mac-XXL
06 August 2011
Version: 3.5.3
For files above a certain size (1 Megabyte and bigger) TextWrangler forgets SoftWrap when opening it. You always have to reactivate SoftWrap manually for those files. It's a bit annoying. With small files no problem. (SoftWrap is activated in Prefs).
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Ider
22 June 2011
Version: 3.5.3
Good for development, many features, easy to use. Accessible to AppleScript.
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Tsehov
11 June 2011
Version: 3.5.3
Excellent application. Hard to believe it is free.
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marosko
30 April 2011
Version: 3.5.3
Awesome app, every time I think 'hmmm... I wonder if it has X feature' it usually does. Only down-side I've found is if you leave it connected to SFTP sites for too long it can start chewing the CPU.
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Wehostmacs
25 January 2011
Version: 3.5.3
Thanks so much for this version. I will be going to your site and MacUpdate directly from now on. No more messing with MacApp Store.
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Sharlassou
25 January 2011
Version: 3.5.3
It's FREE! & does lots n lots of different things. & its free!!!!
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Barnyb
24 January 2011
Version: 3.5.3
Thank you for offering a better alternative than the CrapStore. Downloaded this new version and it works as advertised. Very speedy too.
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Ronl
24 January 2011
Version: 3.5.3
Excellent! And to think that it's free!
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Tony-Aguila
15 January 2011
Version: 3.5.1
Is there a reason why the Mac App Store is offering version 3.5.2 while MacUpdate and the Bare Bones Software sites only have 3.5.1?
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J-w-
11 January 2011
Version: 3.5
The version you link to is 3.5, which has several bugs. You should link to 3.5.1 here: http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/download.html
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darkwing52
07 January 2011
Version: 3.5
I found version 3.1 at http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/productivity_tools/textwrangler.html Not sure how long it will be available. I had to downgrade the upgrade to 3.5 I just did!
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
07 January 2011
Version: 3.5
Bare Bones continues to develop and support this free app. Fantastic.
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SickTeddyBear
06 January 2011
Version: 3.5
One reason you should continue to use MacUpdate instead of the Mac App Store: http://groups.google.com/group/textwrangler/browse_thread/thread/9434004c9098cabc
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Poikkeus
20 December 2010
Version: 3.1
While I should it use it more often, TextWrangler does things so efficiently - and for free - that it would be hard to find an application that competes with it. An attractive set of options, ably written.
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Danemcgregor
20 January 2010
Version: 3.1
Simply put, if you do ANYTHING with plain text files (including HTML, CSS, CSV, or any programming) you NEED this program. It boggles the mind that it's free; it's easily the best bargain out there!
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Bryang
19 January 2010
Version: 3.1
TextWrangler is great for leftover Mac OS 9- users. We've had a modern operating system since 2001. People, get with the program. Abandon the Carbon software bloat. Embrace native Mac OS X software. Vim is amazing. Textmate is still amazing (here's hoping 2.0 comes out sometime this coming decade). Subethaedit is incredible for its collaboration features. If you're editing and producing text files for Mac OS X, then learn the fundamentals of the operating system, and don't hide its Unix nature. If you want more than a text editor, use emacs. But vim is included with Mac OS X and it feature set blows away anything that Rich Siegel's company can come up with. Carbon emissions should be banned!
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Dmnelson
19 January 2010
Version: 3.1
By far my favorite editor. Bare Bones Software has always done great work -- BBEdit Lite in the past, and TextWrangler in the present. Thanks!
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Filp
19 January 2010
Version: 3.1
It can juggle a 300,000 word file without breaking a sweat. And it's free. What more can you want? (I don't mind the drawer at all. In this instance, I actually prefer it to a tabbed interface.)
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Szq
20 September 2009
Version: 3.0
This is a great program, and it is free! I had a document with some weird characters in it that I just couldn't find to remove. This program did the trick, and its free! Did I mention it is free!!!
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mwschmeer-2
25 August 2009
Version: 3.0
Dear God, and they still give this away for free? Definitely one of the best raw text editors out there. Between this and Bean, my writing needs are met (okay, I'll admit a softspot for WriteRoom, too). If you need to do something with plain text, this is the tool for you. And if you are a really hard core coder, then the step up to BBEdit will really blow you away. Quite simply, this is the best freeware text editor.
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Awado
25 August 2009
Version: 3.0
This is by far the best editor for programming purposes. I don't want to miss it anymore. Especially the GREPping in the search window is very useful when converting large tables of raw data. Also that Cyberduck integration saves pretty much time. You can edit files directly on the server. Kind of Mac like. The only things i miss are a live preview of HTML code and a possibility to switch between a simple and an expert mode (like "Simple Finder"). So I could hand it over to clients, who are not very familiar with all the expert stuff, but can do some basic editing of their raw data without getting confused too much. And the management of saved GREP patterns could be more intuitive. Changing a pattern through the pop up menu is a bit confusing. What about a persistent pattern list with change/save buttons for the selected pattern?
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Thajeztah
25 August 2009
Version: 3.0
This seems to be the longest 'what's new' list -ever- on MacUpdate :)
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Khannibal
25 August 2009
Version: 3.0
God, that's what I call an "upgrade" ! :) Everything seems to work properly here (OS 10.5.8) for now.
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Nicolasd
25 August 2009
Version: 3.0
For the features, stability and fact that it's free? N-word, please! 5 stars! The people at Bare Bones are some of the mac's biggest guardian angels. And now they've also released Mailsmith for free.
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darnjel
20 February 2009
Version: 2.3
Good program, if you're coding in PHP or other languages.
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Follerec
15 July 2007
Version: 2.2.1
Great editor as always. Was the only editor that didn't choke on a 16mb .sql script I had... although that was probably because TextWrangler didn't automatically use syntax highlighting on it. Overall, easy to use, generally quick and light on the resources, and just plain great. Wishes to give this a 5-star rating: 1. Directly edit files in the Disk Browser view... right now I can read the files, but have to double-click (or press Enter) just to edit the document in a new window. 2. Tabbed-document interface... the drawer is getting old and useless. 3. Code Folding... although I'm sure Barebones wouldn't want that in a giveaway. Otherwise, still a great editor. TextMate may be getting all the buzz, but when money's tight, or you just can't justify ~$65 for editing text, this is the way to go.
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Dom21
04 July 2007
Version: 2.2.1
First time trying this and I'm puzzled. Why does only the current line I'm typing show and the lines preceding keep disappearing?? I've been all through the preferences and don't see how to disable this 'feature.'
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Castellan
21 June 2007
Version: 2.2.1
The interface in 2.2.1 is vastly simpler than in 2.1.3. Unfortunately, this is a drawback and not a feature. It may not be Universal, but 2.1.3 is still the best version of Textwrangler to use (and at the time of this writing, it's still available on the BareBones site).
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M!k3
07 June 2007
Version: 2.2.1
I'll make it short: excellent tool! Is it also available for Linux?
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M-u-Moore
04 June 2007
Version: 2.2.1
What a great tool - "I can't believe it's free!" My first choice for editing plain text files and HTML pages. And it has a very modern look & feel, but without being cluttered with useless metal windows, animations and other redundant stuff like that. Very cool feature: vertical/column select mode!
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Stonetownmike
09 January 2007
Version: 2.2
This version of TextWrangler requires OS X 10.4 NOT 10.3.5 as advertised.
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Albion
09 January 2007
Version: 2.2
"Version 2.2 has major GUI changes in the navigation of its text editing capabilities, including a simplified tool bar. It can also open up Gzip (.gz) files. And like BBEdit, it adds Java support for TeX and JavaScript languages." Yes, but... has it stopped constantly crashing, and does the SFTP support actually work now?
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Tomem
07 November 2006
Version: 2.1.3
I just noticed it DOES support SFTP! WOW! Outstanding. What a great tool....
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Orion-Mk-V
20 June 2006
Version: 2.1.3
At 2.1.3, it's still the king baby. ;-)
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4.5
Orion-Mk-V
14 March 2006
Version: 2.1.2
King of the freeware text/code editors for features, interface, etc. There are many great editors out there, but none quite as multi-purpose as TW and it's FREE. Thanks BareBones.
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4.5
ttlcntrlprint
14 March 2006
Version: 2.1.2
Fantastic (now free) text editor with all the grep search features of its big brother BBEdit. totalcontrolprint
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Hendrik-Hero-Hamlet-Wouters
26 February 2006
Version: 2.1.1
Although it looks archaic, this really is the Greatest App ever! I work with it daily (in tandem with Transmit) and i love it because i can always count on it. Would pay for this to thank the developer, but an $100 upgrade to BBEdit is still quite steep. (and i don't relly need the extra features, i write my xhtml + php + css just fine now) Do these guys accept onations? This sthing is easily worth $30 or $40, for its reliability!
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Anonymous
29 November 2005
Version: 2.1.1
Wonderful product. I know of no finer, freely available mac-like text editor slash administrator's tool. It should come bundled with OS X, it's that good.
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Anonymous
18 November 2005
Version: 2.1
It's been a while since I first downloaded TextWrangler and its lesser bro BBEditLite. Now, I decided to write this comment for I still do think this to be one of the best text editors ever. Even after having seen tons of different stuff. Sure, it took some time before TW finally got its present form, feature-richness and before it became free. But just as it is now: It's great. I mean, it's got full Unicode support, full RegEx support, including lookbehind assertions and similar stuff you are often not offered by regexable editors. Besides, you've got such really powerful tools like prefixing, sorting and processing duplicate or individually specifyable lines. As well as a charcode replacer, a diff operation and a "find all" function. And there's a lot more still to mention: setting markers, choosing lines, six clipboards, fully customizable keyboard shortcuts, detailed preferences and many more. Highlighting's been impressively improved and (in my opinion the next one is a highly important point) it's a scriptable app to an extent hardly achieved by any other editors. SubEtha is definitely more focussed on sharing than TW is. But if you are looking for a powerful editor to find, divide, categorize, structurize and manipulate text, TW should be your choice and I guess I've seen enough editors to be quite certain about that. None of the free ones provides such an amount of professional features.
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Anonymous
10 July 2005
Version: 2.1
Absolutely great. TextWrangler is, like it's big brother BBEdit, one of the finest applications I've seen on ANY platform (that is, not only the Mac). Barebones Software are one of the very few commercial software companies that I trust... they make software that is extremely useful, easy to use, elegant, doesn't get in your way and does not sneak up behind you, and they don't make you feel they couldn't care less about you once you've paid. Of course, this doesn't even apply to TextWrangler because it's free! You just have to take a look at their release notes to see how seriously they take their work and how they keep making things better and better, respecting all user feedback and changing the smallest of things if it just makes the app a wee bit better. I've sent in a number of bug reports and comments; I always got a detailed and very quick reply from a real human being, and most, if not all issues were usually fixed or improved in the next release. They care for the details of making a good software product, not (only) for making a huge profit. I wish all software companies and their products were like this. Thumbs up for Barebones. I seriously hope they don't become really big one day and go the way of all other companies that have become big at some point, turning into profit-making machines loaded with capitalist zombies shelling out crappy software.
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4.75
Anonymous
07 July 2005
Version: 2.1
Outstanding -- a powerful, flexible text editor with tons of innovative features. There are so many options it can be a little overwhelming at times. The fact that it's free is unbelievable. Many thanks to the authors!
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