10 Best Free HTML Editors for Linux and Unix

Design web pages from your Linux desktop

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Looking for a free HTML editor for Linux? While there are plenty of reasonably priced HTML editors that offer more features and flexibility, these free desktop tools are all you need to design and edit HTML and XML web pages offline.

These apps are available for all Unix-based operating systems, and many are also available for Windows.

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Best HTML and XML Editor: Komodo Edit

Komodo Edit HTML editor
What We Like
  • Automatic code completion and color coding.

  • In-app previews.

What We Don't Like
  • No WYSIWYG editor.

  • No link checker.

Komodo Edit is hands down the best free XML editor available, and it includes a lot of great features for HTML and CSS development as well. You can also get extensions to add support for languages or other helpful features like special HTML characters. Komodo Edit comes packaged with Komodo IDE, which is a paid program, but the editor can be downloaded by itself at no cost.

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Best HTML Editor Interface: Aptana Studio

Aptana Studio 3
What We Like
  • Plug-ins for multilingual support.

  • Works on most operating systems.

What We Don't Like
  • No recent updates.

  • Slower than other HTML editors.

Aptana Studio offers an interesting take on web page development. In addition to HTML editing, Aptana focuses on JavaScript and other elements that allow you to create rich internet applications. One great feature is the outline view, which makes it really easy to visualize the Direct Object Model (DOM), making CSS and JavaScript development much more manageable.

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Most Customizable HTML Editor: NetBeans

NetBeans HTML editor
What We Like
  • Highly customizable.

  • Accessible to novice coders.

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy on system resources.

  • Plain user interface.

NetBeans IDE is a Java IDE that can help you build robust web applications. Like most IDEs, it has a steep learning curve because it doesn’t work in the same way that web editors do. One nice feature is the version control tool, which is really useful for people working in large development environments.

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Best Photoshop Integration: Bluefish

Bluefish HTML editor
What We Like
  • Quickly compose complex code.

  • Easy Photoshop integration.

What We Don't Like
  • Tool options can be overwhelming.

  • Occasionally crashes.

Bluefish is a full featured web editor for Linux, Mac, and Windows. It's features include code-sensitive spell check, snippets, project management, auto-save, and auto-complete for many different languages (HTML, PHP, CSS, etc.). Bluefish is primarily a code editor, not specifically a web editor, which means that it has a lot of flexibility for web developers writing in more than just HTML.

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Best for Cross-Platform Development: Eclipse

Eclipse IDE HTML editor
What We Like
  • Powerful code refracting capabilities.

  • Seamless integration with source control management tools.

What We Don't Like
  • Git integration could be better.

  • Limited support for C++.

Eclipse is a complex development environment that is perfect for people who do a lot of coding on various different platforms and with different languages. If you are creating complex web applications, Eclipse has a lot of features to help make your apps easier to build. There are Java, JavaScript, and PHP plugins, as well as a plugin for mobile developers.

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Best HTML Editor With a Built-in Browser: SeaMonkey

SeaMonkey internet application suite
What We Like
  • Extensive search options.

  • Robust plug-in support.

What We Don't Like
  • Slow to start up.

  • Dated interface.

SeaMonkey is Mozilla's all-in-one web app development suite. It includes an email and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and a web page editor called Composer. One of the nice things about using SeaMonkey is that you have the browser built in already, so testing is a breeze. Plus, it has a free WYSIWYG editor with an embedded FTP to publish your web pages.

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Best WYSIWYG Editor: Nvu

Nvu HTML editor
What We Like
  • Color-coded XHTML editing.

  • Ideal for novice coders.

What We Don't Like
  • No updates in a long time.

  • A few bugs.

If you prefer basic text editors to WYSIWYG editors, then Nvu might not be for you. Otherwise, it's the perfect light-weight web editing tool. Nvu has a convenient site manager that allows you to review the all of the pages that you’re currently building. Other features include XML support, advanced CSS support, and a built-in HTML validator.

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HTML Editor With the Most Features: GNU Emacs

Emacs HTML editor
What We Like
  • Supports most major programming languages.

  • Helpful user community.

What We Don't Like
  • Can be intimidating at first.

  • Lisp programming knowledge is highly recommended.

Emacs comes with some Linux distributions, so you may not need to download any extra software to start editing web pages. Emacs offers more options than many of the other editors on this list, but you may find it harder to use. Notable features include color-coded HTML editing, XML support, scripting support, advanced CSS support, and a built-in validator.

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Best Light-weight HTML Editor: Geany

Geany HTML editor
What We Like
  • Frequently updated.

  • Supports many different file types.

What We Don't Like
  • Few plug-ins available.

  • No template options.

Geany is a text editor for developers. It should run on any platform that can support the GTK+ Toolkit. It is meant to be a small and fast loading IDE, so you can develop all your projects in one editor. It supports HTML, XML, PHP, and many other web and programming languages.

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The Official W3C HTML Editor: Amaya

Amaya HTML editor
What We Like
  • Useful for up to HTML 4.01.

  • Supports SVG and MathML.

What We Don't Like
  • No updates in several years.

  • No longer in development.

Amaya is the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) web editor. It validates the HTML as you build your page, and since you can see the tree structure of your web documents, it can be very useful for learning to understand the DOM and how your documents look in the document tree. It has a lot of features that most web designers won’t ever use, but if you want to be 100% sure that your pages work with the W3C standards, Amaya is the obvious choice.