Learn About the Komodo Edit Text Editor

My Favorite Text Editor

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Komodo Edit, whose latest version is 9.3.2, is one of my favorite editors. I use it for editing HTML, XML, and text files, and I use it all the time. It includes a number of excellent features for HTML and CSS development (it supports both HTML5 and CSS3). Additionally, there are a lot of great extensions available to add on languages as well as other features (like special characters).

Admittedly, Komodo Edit is not the best available HTML editor on the market, but if you're not afraid to build pages in HTML, or if you use XML, you simply can't beat the price (there is no price, it's a free download). Bear in mind that Komodo Edit is the loss leader for ActiveState.

They would prefer you purchase their full IDE, and to that end Komodo IDE and their website can be a bit confusing to find the free Komodo Edit version. If you do web development programming or web application development, then you should consider purchasing the IDE since it has a number of features that make it an excellent choice for those development environments and needs.

While the multiple programming language flexibility of Komodo Edit makes it a very compelling option for many developers, it is not well suited to designers, small businesses, or beginners, especially if they are looking for a WYSIWYG environment where they can create website more easily and in a more visual nature. Komodo Edit does include integrated support for FTP, FTPs, SFTP, and SCP, eliminating the need to turn to a separate application solely to handle file uploads. 

Target Market(s): Professional Web Developers or XML Developers


  • Operating System: Windows, Macintosh, Linux
  • Publisher: ActiveState
  • Price: Free for basic version, paid version available as well
  • Type of Editor: Text Editor
  • Score:
    • Web Designers: 38.9%
    • Web Developers: 59.8%
    • Small Businesses: 25.0%
    • Beginners: 24.8%
  • Latest Version: 9.3.2
  • Profile Last Edited: January 22, 2016

The Pros

  • Text editor with code completion and color coding
  • In-app preview
  • Write HTML5 documents with CSS3
  • FTP, FTPs, SFTP, and SCP
  • Lots of languages supported including PHP, JavaScript, XML, and HTML

The Cons

  • No WYSIWYG editor
  • No link checker
  • No wizards or other assistance for beginning web developers

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