CotEditor
CotEditor
4.0.1

4.5

CotEditor free download for Mac

CotEditor

19 November 2020

Plain text editor.

Overview

CotEditor is an open-sourced, Cocoa-based plain-text editor for macOS. It supports syntax highlighting, has a powerful find-and-replace with the regular expression, and other small goodies for coding. It can handle also CJK languages well.

What's new in CotEditor

Version 4.0.1:
Improvements:
  • [trivial] Reset toolbar setting.
  • [dev] Update Yams package to 4.0.1.
  • [dev] Update the build environment to Xcode 12.2.
Fixes:
  • Fix an issue on the Big Sur that the navigation bar in the document window disappeared.
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15 Reviews of CotEditor

4
Funjoy
14 September 2020
Version: 3.9.6

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Extremely configurable (I was able to even change the color of the blinking cursor). But still some odd limitations, like being unable to auto soft-wrap text to a character length. A nice free alternative to TextEdit, although the free tier of BBEdit gives it a run for its (gratis) money.
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4
Funjoy
14 September 2020
Version: 3.9.6
Extremely configurable (I was able to even change the color of the blinking cursor). But still some odd limitations, like being unable to auto soft-wrap text to a character length. A nice free alternative to TextEdit, although the free tier of BBEdit gives it a run for its (gratis) money.
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3
LuxLogica
13 December 2018
Version: 3.6.9
Neat little text editor, but lack of support for modern web preprocessor languages - such as LESS, Sass, HAML, Pug and Typescript - couple with its inability to properly highlight embedded syntaxes (like PHP inside HTML and vice-versa) make it not-so-useful for Web Devs. If you're an app developer working on single-syntax files, this might be worth a look.
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5
fiery12
09 December 2018
Version: 3.6.8
CotEditor is a fast and simple text editor. It's very light on system resources (takes 24 MB RAM with a blank document and 66 MB RAM with a 2.7 MB text file). It can't completely replace the deprecated TextWrangler, but developer is very active and I'm sure that he will add more features. For example, I still use TextWrangler to compare text files.
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4
Sandra S.
13 February 2018
Version: 3.3.2
Nice thing!!!
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5
Hal-Itosis
08 January 2018
Version: 3.2.7
I use this mostly for bash scripts. Amazingly wonderful freeware. Thanks to the authors! -HI-
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3.5
Teksestro
30 December 2017
Version: 3.2.7
Solid, free code editor, with some remarkable features that worthy of note: - Built-in Syntax Creator/Editor: CotEditor comes pre-configured with support for dozens of languages, but if the one you want is not there, it has a built-in syntax editor that you can use to define your own. It is easy to use, well-documented, and allows you to define the syntax within a GUI - something that even Sublime Text can't claim. - AppleScriptable, and Unix-Scriptable: you are not tied down to having to learn Javascript, Python or some other arbitrary language, in order to use CotEditor as part of your own programming workflow. Use the languages you already feel most comfortable using. - Nice GUI goodies: link URLs automatically, semi-transparent windows, and manually selecting which invisible characters you want displayed are some of the many unusual and highly-welcomed customisation features that are built-in. - can auto-convert between different character encodings, and handles vertical and right-to-left text incredibly well Although it does sport some attractive and compelling features, I need to mention that it currently still lacks many features that are common to most modern code editors - which is surprising, considering how long the CotEditor project has been around: - unable to do proper highlighting of nested syntaxes - i.e., unable to highlight HTML inside a PHP file - no auto-closing or auto-indenting of tags (only auto-closes brackets and parentheses) - no snippet manager (scheduled to come in a future release) - no project/folder view Browsing the project's GitHub repository, it is extremely encouraging to see a developer that is supportive, active and engaged with the user community. All in all, this looks like an editor with a promising future, that is certainly worthwhile keeping an eye on.
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5
Drfrank
22 May 2017
Version: 3.1.8
Although CotEditor has been around for over a decade, the current Japanese developer has accomplished a very impressive modernization. It's 100% written in Swift. I use Menlo with the Dendrobates theme. I hide the toolbar and I only show the character and word count in the status bar. The result is a minimal, plain text writing environment. It's quick to launch and speedy to operate. I like to use CotEditor in conjunction with TextSoap. The combination is quite powerful.
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5
四点
23 May 2016
Version: 2.5.4
great app.
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anonymous-thrush-1121
29 September 2015
Version: 2.1.6
2.2.0RC http://coteditor.com/beta
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5
Maxter
14 July 2015
Version: 2.1.4
It is perhaps not suited for "Pro Users", but my needs are simple and this is an excellent alternative to TextEdit. Thank you for the frequent updates and for keeping it free.
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5
RogerMP
27 February 2015
Version: 2.1
Excellent editor
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anonymous-dingo-1034
19 February 2015
Version: 2.1
Pretty cool editor. However, since I still didn't find perfect editor for Mac so far, I'd have couple suggestions to developer to improve this editor closer to ideal one (so far the closest one to ideal is Sublime Text): - When I select some word in text, other same words should be highlighted too (like find all functionality but in main editor) - When I set cursor at the beginning/end of open/close bracket it should be highlighted and it's closest pair should be highlighted too, same for (double)quotes etc... (at least it does not work on C# and C++ sources) - auto syntax highlighting according the file extension when the file ext. is UPPERCASE (or add ability to add extensions to syntax highlight) - documents in tabs (or at least possibility to allow them) - show/hide minimap - Also when I changed something in preferences I had to restart editor - changes are not applied immediately On the other hand I liked the easy access to encoding and syntax highlight.
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4.5
Aaron-Elkins
19 November 2014
Version: 2.0
Everything is cool in CotEditor, but lack of project management (i.e. to manage files in one a drawer or something like that).
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5
anonymous-skink-4656
19 March 2014
Version: 1.4
Very good and fast editor. Best replacement for TextEdit. However, if you are a programmer, you may need something more advanced. If you need to work on the text, easily and quickly change the encoding, search and replace any phrase or just something to write - this program is great. In CotEditor also works text speaking - and this simple feature of Mac OS X does not work, eg in TextWrangler. Besides, it looks nice, like a native OS X program. No fancy tool palettes and terrible icons.
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4
Canisbos
05 June 2012
Version: 1.3.1
It's no TextMate, Sublime Text 2, or even TextWrangler, but it's a good, simple code-oriented editor. Recommended for those with light code- and plaintext-editing needs.
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Free

4.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.15.0 or later
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