Mac text editors


TextEdit comes with Mac OSX. It is not really a text editor – it puts hidden stuff in the file.

To make it act as a text editor:

Preferences →

new file:
text format: utf-8
don't automatically put .txt
some other stuff.

Now it works, but i am suspecting it puts doctype etc in the file.


TextWrangler is a free text editor from BareBones. It seems to be possible as a real text editor.


Other text editors, they all cost, and are pretty heavy.