Developer: Bare Bones Software, Inc.

Current Version: 13.1.1

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Download Size: 15.3 MB - Download


BBEdit is the leading professional text, code, and markup editor for the Macintosh.

As the "go to" tool for web site designers, web application developers, writers, and software developers, this award-winning product provides an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text, code, and HTML/XML markup.

As a replacement for TextWrangler, BBEdit is built by the same developers, using the same award-winning technology, and is identical to TextWrangler in every way you're used to. BBEdit is 64-bit and compatible with macOS Catalina.

An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit’s best-of-class features, including: grep pattern matching; search and replace across multiple files; project definition tools; function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages; code folding; FTP and SFTP open and save; AppleScript and Automator support; Unix scripting support; text and code completion; a complete set of robust HTML tools; and more.

BBEdit offers a 30-day evaluation period (beginning the first time you use it on your computer), during which its full feature set is available.

During the evaluation period, BBEdit is fully functional. After the evaluation period has expired, you can continue to use BBEdit for free, forever, with no nag screens or unsolicited interruptions.

In “free mode”, BBEdit provides a modified set of features, which incorporates a powerful set of core features. Using BBEdit in free mode costs you nothing, while providing an upgrade path to advanced features and capabilities.

To enable BBEdit’s advanced features after the evaluation period is over, you will need to have an active BBEdit subscription. Subscriptions are available on either a monthly or annual basis.

An active subscription gives you access to all of BBEdit’s advanced features, including any new features that we introduce during updates or major upgrades, for as long as the subscription is in good standing.

Please see our comparison chart for a detailed listing of which advanced features are available with a subscription.

Subscription terms and conditions:

We do not collect any data from your use of BBEdit, whether or not a subscription is in effect.

Your interactions with BBEdit and with Bare Bones Software, Inc. are protected by our privacy policy.

Your use of BBEdit is governed by the terms of its end-user license.

When you purchase a subscription, payment will be charged to your iTunes Account upon confirmation of purchase.

Your subscription will renew automatically, unless you cancel your subscription at least 24 hours prior to the end of the currently active subscription period. Your iTunes Account will be charged for the renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the currently active subscription period, and your account history will reflect the cost of the renewal.

You can manage your subscription and cancel automatic renewal by going to your "Manage my Subscriptions" page after purchase.

Purchasing a subscription will permanently end your evaluation period, and forfeits any unused portion of the evaluation period, if applicable.

For the full text of the BBEdit end user license for Mac App Store customers, please visit this page on our web site:


Release Notes:

BBEdit 13.1 is a recommended update for all customers. This version introduces significant feature additions and refinements, including (but not limited to): improved HTML previewing; advanced control over Markdown rendering; a new "Run Unix Command" command; significant improvements to its built-in CSS syntax coloring and navigation support; built-in HTML Tidy commands; performance improvements; and fixes for reported issues.

BBEdit 13.1.1 addresses a crashing issue which affected Mac App Store customers with active subscriptions. (We‘re really sorry about that.)


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 9.6.3
Review by evallow

Simply, the most uncompromising editor available for OS x - I know that I've discovered a great piece of Mac software when I start to conscientiously memorize its unique keyboard shortcuts. I know I've found the editor that has earned a place in my workflow when I change the Finder defaults to use it for all text based files. BBEdit has meet these metrics in the first few days of using it as my primary text editor for OS x. If you haven't heard of it before, BBedit is _the_ power-user text editor on the Mac. I have used many alternatives, including OS X's built in TextEdit, Xcode's native editor, textmate, as well Pathfinder's built-in editor, and others. They all have their strong points, but overall, BBEdit is the clear winner. Why? There are many factors, but to me, BBEdit is both sufficiently coder-friendly to be the goto (sorry, puny) editor for programming in any language, yet eclectic enough to be used as the general purpose editor for all my text files. It loads fast, does what the user expects, and provides a very rich set of configuration options for those inclined to build a custom experience. In contrast to all too many programs, the help files are consise, well written, and actually pleasant to read (check out "Put in on my tab", BBedit tutorials, chapter 6) BBEdit sports extensive language support. HTML editing is one of BBEdit's strong points, an area I don't use much myself, but if the support for the other languages is any indication, the HTML support must be very well done. The list of supported languages is impressive - Fortran 9x anyone, or do you prefer Ruby? - and the language configuration tweaking options are just staggering. Additionally, a plentiful Apple Script dictionary fires the imagination for the workflow imagineer. Some key features I was pleased to see right out of the gate: • Language dependent color-coded syntax printing (a feature missing in a surprising number of editors). • Code folding - collapse a block of source code by clicking a little rotating triangle (like Xcode's editor, but with a more obvious control mechanism) Other goodies including support for growl, a slick 'sleep' command, integrated access to source control systems, optional Emac keybindings, and much more. The BBEdit documentation includes a section on "Expert options" for the uber-user. While I enjoy reading over the features listed here, I have yet found the need to change any of these from their defaults. There are lots of choices of editors for the Mac. Some are cheaper than BBEdit, but I feel none are better. Truely productive work when using something as key as a text editor requires time to master, to aborb the shortcuts and tricks; I value my time too highly to invest in learning those techniques for a program that is less than great. Indeed, that is why I use OS x, it is worth the time to learn its ins and outs to be highly effective, as it pays dividends. The same holds for BBEdit. Note that due to Apple App store restrictions, the BBEdit's command line functionality is not included when purchased via the Apple App store, but you can get those directly from Bare Bones Software. Here is a quote on this topic from Bare Bones webpage: "You should know before installing Bare Bones's TextWrangler or BBEdit from the Mac App Store that the version there has the command line tools and authenticated saves removed in order to comply with Apple's terms of use. For customers using BBEdit or TextWrangler purchased from the Mac App Store, we have installers available which will install the command-line tools in your system. Please note that these are only for use with versions of BBEdit or TextWrangler obtained from the Mac App Store, and are not suitable for use otherwise. " Thanks to Bare Bones for their continued work to make this the best OSx app of its kind.

Found helpful by 67 out of 67 people
Version 13.0.3
Review by LexisLuther

Bare Bones trying to pull a fast one? - I purchased a version of BBEdit from the app store at the begining of 2018 for a good chunk of change. I've previously enjoyed the features of the application and find no reason to ask for change. Expecting, given I paid full purchase price, that this software would remain functional until they developed features warranting my repeat business. However, in October of this year, Bare Bones used the app store to "upgrade" me to an unlicensed version (v13) of the software that now requires a monthly subscription to continue to function. Luckily I retained a copy in my timemachine backup from the day prior to it's release and have reclaimed what I rightfully paid for and should be allowed to continue using under that purchase agreement. I'm writing this review as a warning that this company has no qualms about sneaking you into an unagreeable subscription without warning. Everyone wants recurring revenue... but I don't care for having additional bills for every bit of software that I occasionally use. They should give their previously loyal customer's (as was I) the option (subscription with software updates) or flat pricing without updates. These should be separate items in the App Store. They never should have replaced a fully paid App Store application with a manditory subscription based one. :(

Found helpful by 166 out of 193 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 13.1.1
Review by MaxwellShih

great text editor - I am a novice to the programming, but I can feel the powerfulness of this app. I believe I will learn more and enjoy more when I progress on this coding path.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 13.1.1
Review by M1cha3lD

The Best - I've been using BBEdir for more years than I care to remember. It has never failed to do exactly what I need it to do. Total text control for developers.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 13.1.1
Review by 4GivenSoftware

30 day eval - This is not a free download.

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people
Version 13.1.1
Review by JoeGuru

Get to buy what you bought again - If you purchased this a while back, they went to a sub model so you get to pay for it all over again! On a regular basis! So many other better options that don't do this.

Found helpful by 0 out of 1 people
Version 13.1.1
Review by JoeGuru

They Make You Buy What You Already Bought Again! - In the first place, the product is OK. It’s not great but it is OK. There are better editors out there. The biggest problem I have is that I (like others who have complained) bought their product from the App Store a while back. Then they changed to a subscription model and so now everyone gets to buy the software all over again! Every year! You really have to question the ethics of a company that conducts business in this manner.

Found helpful by 0 out of 1 people