BBEdit free download for Mac


14 September 2019

Powerful text and HTML editor.


BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance.

An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.

What's new in BBEdit

Version 12.6.7:
  • BBEdit 12.6.7 does not add any new features. (It doesn't take away any, either.)
  • Made a change to ask the OS-provided print panel to place the page attribute controls (orientation, scaling, paper size) in the panel proper, rather than hiding them behind the "Page Attributes" section in the popup menu
  • The application could crash when clicking in a text view, given certain unexpected internal state
  • Worked around a system windowing behavior which would cause the following unexpected behavior: when starting the application in which the saved state specified a window in full screen mode, if the application was started by opening a document that wasn't previously open in that window, the document being opened (and any other such additional documents) would open into a separate window
  • The default printing timestamp setting was not applied correctly to the Print panel's settings when printing a document
  • Worked around file system behavior on macOS 10.15 in which files written into TMPDIR and then passed to BBEdit for comparison would disappear when clicking on the file's contents in the Differences window. (For example, temp revision files created by git difftool or svn diff.)
  • Quitting the application while open documents were waiting to process a change notification from the ctags subsystem
  • Hang when spell-checking documents and the effective language module indicated that a particular range of text was to be skipped
  • The cursor would alternate between an I-beam and an arrow while dragging out a text selection
  • Certain edits within a "PHP in HTML" source file would set up a situation in which subsequent edits would cause syntax coloring to get confused (typically manifesting as uncolored text after a certain point in the document)
  • Trying to save a change to a file in a Zip archive would report a 12612 error if the Zip archive file didn't actually have a file name extension
  • The internal SFTP client didn't properly clean up after itself when disconnecting. Eventually this would lead to errors when attempting to perform SFTP operations
  • Disk browsers would sometimes fail to open the selected file for viewing, following certain manipulations of the list (such as twisting a folder open or closed, or refreshing an opened folder with a different number of items) and depending on the relative placement of selected items

Requirements for BBEdit

  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.12.6 or later

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23 January 2009

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It's good but.... After numerous paid upgrades without feeling resentment towards Bare Bones for separating me from my money, I am finally beginning to feel that BBEdit has entered the realm of Roxio and is slowly creeping toward Stuffitville. The number one reason I would not recommend upgrading to this version is that suffers from a painfully slow launch time. Should Pages and Word open faster than BBEdit? Applications that would never live in my Dock are now edging out BBEdit based on initial and subsequent launch times. On a 2.53 MBP BBEdit takes about as much time to open as it takes to launch Open Office and start a new text document from the project gallery. The startup speed is dreadful. I think the delay is such an issue that the use of the term was forbidden in the preferences, so instead of determining the behavior of new windows on launch in a menu called 'startup', one has to choose 'Application' from the twenty-three (23) different preference groupings. If you thought things were getting complicated when the Philip Bar went away, take a quick look at the prefs and the number of menus items that run along the top of your screen when you open this application. It feels like a 3D application that has every function under the sun added to it without using any 'room' metaphors ( very cluttered). Considering this is the same company that markets Yojimbo, I am perplexed by the lack of organization. Merging those applications would make the price a great value and solve the entire 'barely made it past OS 9' look. There are a lot of cosmetic issues and performance problems that I could pick away at all day, but in the end BBEdit is an indispensable tool. If you do not own this product, then it is well worth evaluating. If you own a previous version consider holding off until there are substantial improvements.
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Version 9.1
13 September 2019
So, after me pointing this out about 5 years ago - Certain edits within a "PHP in HTML" source file would set up a situation in which subsequent edits would cause syntax coloring to get confused - they now finally fixed it. Really a pity that it took so long for me to believed and the fault to be found and fixed. I have burnt my wallet too many times upgrading hoping that the next version fixes it so I will wait for others to confirm. I cannot afford to keep updating for a feature (actually, a fix) that never seems to work. I hope you have it right, finally.
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Version 12.6.7
28 July 2019
I like this app but really can't find an excuse to shell out the good hunk of money this app costs, when excellent editors like VSCode or Atom are available for free, not to mention commercial alternatives like Sublime that also are multi-platform -- and also happens to have way lot more of features than BBEdit all of them. Please enlighten me.
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Version 12.6.5
Bento de Espinosa
24 July 2019
I use it for my website. It is the best one. Period.
Version 12.6.5
DS9 Software
27 June 2019
Best editor for the Mac. It’s one of the apps that is permanently open and ready. I don’t use most of the features it has, but it’s reassuring to know it has so many for when I need them. It is well maintained.
Version 12.6.5
14 November 2018
I totally understand why the syntax colouring bug is frustrating but I don't understand how this could be the basis of so many super low review ratings. The team at BareBones clearly knock themselves out to constantly enhance and deepen BBEdit's abilities with plain text. (Now that I think about it, I don't think the syntax colouring but is still around or at least as bad as it once was.)

Have you seen the user manual? It's almost 400 pages... for a text editor! And that's not because it's overly verbose but because the ridiculous number of abilities BBEdit has to document. I'm sure I don't use more than... 15% of them and still find BBEdit essential. Yes, there are other editors that let you edit code, but there is very little with BBEdit's breadth and depth of features.

That all said, I'm only giving 4.5 stars because there's no way to get the Function menu to only show functions (not objects, etc.). Gotta keep you trying, guys! (See! *That* is how you rank something that's awesome except for your pet feature. :-) )
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Version 12.5
1 answer(s)
20 February 2019
I believe I have found a fix (at least for myself, in my dev environment) for the Syntax colouring bug. I created a script and put it into BBEdit's scripts folder (v11.6.8)

tell application "BBEdit"
set source language of front text document to "(none)"
set source language of front text document to "(automatic)"
end tell

Place it in BB's scripts folder and run when the coloring goes to pot.
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The best editor on the Mac!
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Version 12.1.4
1 answer(s)
23 July 2018
I was a heavy user of BBEdit, but I now use Visual Studio Code, which is free.
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11 March 2018
folder compare is awesome! fast for opening (large) text documents
Version 12.1.1
28 February 2018
Been using BBEdit since day 1. It's not as super-fast as Atom or Sublime, but it's got eh absolut best simple automation functionality, great extensibiliyt, format detection, super huge file editing... can't live on a Mac without it.
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Version 12.1.1
26 February 2018
I've been a BBEdit user since the very earliest versions and it is my one of my favorites. It's also one of the most powerful and comprehensive professional text editing tools around. Kudos to Bare Bones Software for their consistent, dedicated, responsive support of this wonderful product.
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Version 12.1.1
19 December 2017
I was surprised to see all the negative reviews (I'm unfamiliar with the syntax coloring bug and haven't seen stability problems with 11 or 12) I use several text editors, but overall I find BBEdit to be a great tool for working with large files or folders of files. A few things I especially like: - Finding All in a file or across files (and navigate results in a separate window) - Extract matching text from file(s) -- literals or regular expressions - Viewing/ / fixing obscure text encoding issues that choke other editors (the Zap Gremlins feature is sometimes handy) - File / folder comparisons - Include files (static or dynamic) - Very customizable
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Version 12.0.2


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