Top Best HTML Editors in Linux

HTML editors are basically text editors with different features like Syntax Highlighting, Preview, Autocomplete, Id Class snippet, a good interface, and many more.

Here are some of the top best HTML editors in Linux which have been classified into command line interface editors and graphical user interface editors. So, first we'll gonna write about some of the best GUI Modern Editors.

GUI Based HTML Editors

1) Brackets


Brackets is a free and open-source text editor whose primary focus in on Web Development and is written in HTML, CSS and JavaScript using CodeMirror in a Node.js container. It is pretty beautiful which is a lightweight, yet powerful, modern text editor. It consists of some awesome features like Inline quick edit, Live Preview and Preprocessor support. It has an extension called "Extract for Bracket" which lets us to pull out design information from a PSD including colors, fonts, gradients, and measurement information as clean, minimal CSS via contextual code hints. It has a good selection of themes and plugins with a built-in package manager and has some awesome features like multiple selection editing, auto-complete and color picker with an attractive interface. Brackets is fast and beautiful for Web Design and Development. Brackets is in its early development so there are many features and stuff remain to be added and the work is undergoing.

2) Sublime Text

Sublime Text

Sublime Text is a cross-platform source code editor with a Python application programming interface (API). It natively supports many programming languages and markup languages, and its functionality can be extended by users with the help of plugins which are community-built and maintained under free-software licenses. It has many awesome interface, comprehensive language support with TextMate compatible grammars, multiple selections and column editing, quick navigation to locate files and code, command palette to access all features, mini-map and code snippets, extensive customization, great themes and numerous plugins, and best of all, its super fast and stable, it can handle huge large sized files also. Sublime is a proprietary software. Sublime is non-open source software and are free to download as Evaluation trail but it has no enforced limit of time. Sublime costs $70 per user but there are no differences between the paid and free Sublime versions, apart from getting the “unregistered” status off and losing an occasional pop-up screen.

3) Atom

Atom Editor

Atom is a free and open-source code editor which is a desktop application based on web technologies with support for plug-ins written in Node.js, and embedded Git Control, developed by GitHub. It is based on Chromium Project and is written in CoffeeScript. It can also be used as an IDE. The major goal of this project is a zero-compromise combination of hackability and usability. Atom Shell is now called Electron. Electron is the cross-platform application shell originally built for the Atom editor to handle the Chromium/Node.js event loop integration and native APIs. It is highly customizable and themeable, so anyone can customize its look and feel. It is highly modular, so one can add specific packages that supports the type of development work the developer or the user is working on. Atom Editor is highly extensible than Sublime. It has an addition of many packages for ease in HTML coding like Autocomplete, HTML Entities, HTML Id Class Snippet, HTML Tag Helper, Color Picker, Multiple Panes and many more. Natively, it supports the Syntax Highlighter for HTML. It provides additional methods to customize without needing to create new themes. So, Atom is one of the best HTML Editor for Designers and Developers.

4) Aptana Studio

Aptana Studio

Aptana Studio is an open-source web development IDE which is based on Eclipse and supports JavaScript, HTML, DOM and CSS with code-completion, outlining, JavaScript debugging, error and warning notifications and integrated documentation. The version 3 is rebuilt from the ground-up which has made it much faster now, customizable and includes new features to help in more productivity. Aptana Studio features the flexibility of Eclipse and focuses it into a powerful web development engine. It includes some of the features that an HTML editor should have like syntax coloring according to the selected theme, code assist, syntax error annotations, auto-indentation and code formatting, hyperlinking to classes, functions and variables, ftp support and many more. It is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools with a collection of online hosting and collaboration services.

5) Light Table

Light Table

Light Table is also a free and open-source editor developed in ClojureScript with a Node-webkit wrapper. The crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign raised more than $300,000 for Chris Granger & Robert Attorri, the developers of Light Table. Over $316,000 from 7,317 backers, the developers reached their goal to include Python in the final release. It is a lightweight software so it is fast and easy in install in any Linux Distribution. It has a cool, fast and minimalist interface. Some of the best features for coding with HTML are, it has auto-complete, inline evaluation, watches, split views and instant feedback, a command palette and fuzzy finder, beautiful theme collection and moreover, it has a plugin manager. Light Table has auto-update feature so, any security updates, bugfixes will get automatically updated. It is easily customizable from keybinds to extensions to be completely tailored to the coders project. We can embed anything we want, from graphs to games to running visualizations. It entitles itself as "the next generation code editor" as it has so many cool new features out of the box. The editor is still in an early phase of development and language support is more limited than the other editors.

6) UltraEdit

Ultra Edit

UltraEdit is a proprietary code editor developed by the founder of IDM Computer Solutions Inc. It includes tools like including macros, configurable syntax highlighter, code folding, file type conversions, project management, an advanced regular expression for searches and replaces, a column edit mode, FTP, SSH and SFTP remote access, interface for APIs or command lines and more. Some of the HTML features that are included in UltraEdit are integration with HTML validator support, text comparison, hex editing, style builder, column or block editing, text formatting, alignment, centering, line by line text comparison support, HTML toolbar preconfigured for popular functions and HTML tags. UltraEdit is a shareware and it can be evaluated for 15 or 30 days, after the expiration it will work only with regular license key. Currently, it costs around $79.95.

7) Bluefish Editor

Bluefish Editor

Bluefish is a free and open-source advanced editor under the GPL. It is a multipurpose editor for both web developers and other kinds of programmers. Bluefish uses GTK+ for its GUI widgets and is written in C. It supports many languages and markup languages like HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, PHP, C, C++, JavaScript, Java, Google Go, Vala, Ada, D, SQL, Perl, ColdFusion, JSP, Python, Ruby, shell and comes with a wide variety of useful features for use across many different platforms. Some of the cool features of Bluefish Editors are syntax highlighting, auto-completion, in-line spelling checker, multiple document support, project management support, advanced search and replace, code folding, code navigation and bookmark support, auto-recovery, unicode character browser, upload/download functionality, multiple encoding, zencoding support and moreover it is highly extensible via plugins and scripts. It also consists FTP, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS support, snippets sidebar, unlimited undo/redo, auto-recovery, full screen editing and more. It also has a one-click browser preview feature which is also customizable.

8) Komodo Edit

Komodo Edit

Komodo Edit is a free and open-source fast and lightweight editor that uses the Mozilla and Scintilla code base as they share many features and support the languages like Python, Perl, PHP, Ruby, Tcl, SQL, Smarty, CSS, HTML and XML. Komodo Edit supports user customization through plug-ins and macros. Its plugins are based on Mozilla Addons and extensions which can be installed from the Komodo Interface itself. It includes some extensions like a functions list, pipe features, additional language support and user interface enhancements. Komodo Edit has code browsing, database explorer, collaborative support for many popular source code control systems, and more. It has features such as multi-language editor, toolbox,  projects & places manager, track changes, markdown viewer and cool sets of icons and skins. It has some of the features, such as the database editor, git support, and remote FTP file access, which are also available for installation in the free version through Komodo Edit's plugin system as extensions.

9) IceCoder


IceCoder is a free and open-source browser-based editor that provides a modern approach to building web applications and websites. IceCoder is very easy to set up and can be set up in any shared, localhost, VPS servers. IceCoder has an awesome interface with many plugins and skins. We can access IceCoder from anywhere in the world online or offline. This feature makes it highly portable. It makes HTML editing pretty fast and easy as it has the features like context aware code highlighting,
live editing, smart file system, code folding, color picker, image eye dropper, plugin manager, find and replace builder, Linux terminal plugin, Sass and LESS compiling on save plugins, HTML & JavaScript code hinting with tag wrappers, multiple selections and many more. The latest versions of IceCoder is available to download for free but have 14 days evaluation trial and should get a license to use further by donating $10 from their official website. We can use the old releases of IceCoder for free without a license from the download page.

10) Gedit


Gedit is also a free and open-source editor that is based on the Gnome Desktop Environment and is a part of the Gnome Core Applications. It has a neat and clean simple graphical interface. It includes features like syntax highlighting via GtkSourceView, line numbering, bracket matching, text wrapping, current line highlighting, automatic indentation and automatic file backup, miss-spell highlighter spelling-checker. Gedit is highly extensible and customizable. It can be transformed from a basic HTML editor to a high-end powerful IDE.  Gedit also has GUI tabs for editing multiple files. It is a lightweight and fast HTML editor. Gedit are made available by default in different distributions of Linux, mostly featuring Gnome based Desktop Environment.

CLI Based HTML Editors

11. Vim Editor

Vim Editor

Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing which is a completely open-source editor that refers for Vi Improved, a clone of Vi Editor for Unix. It is released under a license that includes some charityware clauses, encouraging users who enjoy the software to consider donating to children in Uganda. Vim is a very powerful tool that has very extensive built-in docs and tutorial. Vim's interface is not based on menus or icons but on commands given in a text user interface whereas its GUI app, gVim has menus and toolbars for commonly used commands. Vim is considered as very powerful because of its customizable and extensible nature. There are many extensions and plugins available to install to extend the features of Vim. Some of Vim's enhancements include completion, comparison and merging of files, folding, files over network protocols such as SSH, FTP, and HTTP, spell checking, split (horizontal and vertical) and tabbed windows, unicode and other multi-language support, syntax highlighting, search and cursor position histories, branching undo/redo history.

12) GNU Emacs

GNU Emacs

GNU Emacs is a highly extensible, customizable free and open-source editor developed by the Saint of Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman. Richard and Guy L. Steele, Jr. wrote the original EMACS as a set of Editor MACroS for the TECO editor. GNU Emacs was the first program released by the GNU Project. Some of the awesome features of GNU Emacs for HTML coding are content-sensitive editing, syntax coloring, built-in documentation and tutorials, full Unicode support for nearly all human languages and their scripts and moreover, its highly customizable with a graphical interface. The latest release has improvements to the custom themes system, unified and improved completion system in many modes and packages and built-in support for GnuTLS, GTK+ 3, ImageMagick, SELinux, and Libxml2 and many more. GNU Emacs is available for every platform and is available in the default repositories of every major distribution of Linux and can be installed using their package manager.

13) GNU Nano

GNU Nano Editor

GNU Nano is a free and open-source editor that is designed to be a free replacement for the Pico text editor under the GNU General Public License. It emulates the Pico text editor and provides additional functionality. GNU Nano is a part of the GNU Project with Command Line Interface which is keyboard-oriented. It is pretty easy to use as its interface are good and informative. All the possible key combination to perform an operation is displayed in the interface which makes nano pretty easy for the coders to code. We need to configure .nanorc for extending the colors and compiling options.


The above text editors are some examples of the best HTML Editors in the world of Linux, there are many more out there. Some of them are good and matured whereas some of them are under development in unstable states. It depends on us how many features we can utilize from these editors.  Here, we have featured some of the best Editors out there in the world of Linux which are fully supported by Linux Distributions. The above listed are mostly open-source software whereas there are few with proprietary software. Here, some of the editors are the latest modern editors with cool features and modern user interface whereas some are old-looking but highly customizable and extensible editors. If you have any questions, suggestions, feedback please write them in the comment box below so that we can improve or update our contents. Thank you! Enjoy :-)

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3 Comments... add one

  1. These are mostly extendable text editors with 1 official IDE that kinda sucks...
    (I used to think Aptana was good, but after trying this out, it barely does anything useful)

    I came here looking for free IDEs that do more than basic extendable text editors.

    I've lost all faith in extendable text editors because the extensions are usually only a fraction of the quality you get from a well made fully featured IDE.
    (I'm sick of the poor quality and want something good that's free (donation support preferred))

  2. The highly praised Brackets editor is not in a good state for a Ubuntu Linux user. It looks like the support community for Brackets no longer maintains the Ubuntu package for Brackets.

    The good news is vi, gedit and bluefish do work on Ubuntu in 2021.

    Komodo edit is now part of a larger group of development software that is sold.


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