There has been a lot of outstanding free source code editors lately, and they’re giving the premium ones a run for their money. Beautiful user interfaces, amazing and useful features, and the ability to enhance your setup with extensions are just some of the things these new kids on the block have on offer.

Some of the characteristics modern source code editors have in common include minimalism, extensibility, integration with the browser, cross-platform compatibility, and open source. Those characteristics, and more, are present in the following free source code editors.

Check out their full features and see which one suits your needs best. Enjoy!

CodeMirror

CodeMirror

CodeMirror is a versatile source code editor that’s implemented in JavaScript for the browser. It’s specialized for editing code, and comes with several add-ons and language modes that add more advanced editing functionality to the editor. It also comes with a rich programming API and a CSS theming systems for customizing the editor to fit your app, and extending it with new functionality.

CodeMirror comes with support for more than 60 programming languages, auto-completion, with endless configurability for even the minutest options.

Brackets

Brackets

This lightweight, modern, open source text editor fully understands your web design needs. It focuses on providing visual tools, with preprocessor support. It’s a modern source code editor that makes it a breeze to design in your browser. Keep your eyes peeled for more new features and extensions, as the developers continue to release them every 3 to 4 weeks.

Atom

Atom

Developed by GitHub, Atom is a desktop app that’s based on the latest web technologies. Like other desktop apps, it comes with its own icon in the dock, native menus and dialogs, and full access to the file system. Open the dev tools, and Atom’s web-based core will stand out. So whether you’re tweaking the look of its interface with CSS or adding major features with HTML and JavaScript, controlling your editor has never been easy-peasy.

This source code editor boasts a distraction-free interface and a set of useful features and options that include integration with your browser’s developer tool, a fast batch search-and-replace that traverses all the files in your projects, theming, and a whole lot more besides.

Light Table

Light Table

This amazing text editor has a lot of interesting features going for it. For instance, it has an Inline Evaluation feature that displays the results of your code within the editor, saving you precious time from having to output/query the results in your browser’s dev tools.

This text editor was brought to life, thanks to the development funds that came through Kickstarter. It was backed by more than 7,000 people, and was able to raise more than $3,000 in funding. It only goes to show that the interest and excitement is strong in this one.

ICEcoder

ICEcoder

ICEcoder is a browser-based code editor that provides a modern approach to website-building. It allows you to code directly within the web browser – online or offline – which means you only need a single program (your browser) to develop websites and to test on actual web servers. After development, you can easily maintain the website, all of which make for fast and smart web development.

Because it can be based on the web, you can use it from any Internet-enabled computer with a modern browser. And because it’s built with popular programming languages, you can easily customize it according to your needs and even integrate it with various online services.

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