DevTools:Text Editors

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This page is to help new developers get started. It lists various Unicode compliant text editors that we have found useful for different operating systems. Inclusion here does not mean that we unequivocally endorse all aspects of the program.


  • Notepad++ – an open source editor based on Scintilla.[1] As from version 6.0, PCRE are supported.
  • PSPad
  • SC Unipad[2]
  • BabelPad – very powerful analysis & conversion tools available – can convert to NFC [3]
  • EditPad Lite – good for code page conversions
  • WordPad[4]
  • Easy-Key Edit is an editor designed by MissionAssist for their WEBBS project. It facilitates keyboarding of Latin-based Bible texts and conversion to & from Unicode, and the formatted display of USFM files thus edited. The edit panel is detachable, which makes it convenient to place anywhere in front of a scanned page while keyboarding a legacy document.


  1. Scintilla does not properly support right-to-left languages like Arabic and Hebrew. While text in these languages may appear correct, it is not possible to interact with this text as is normal with other editing components.
  2. SC Unipad makes no use of installed Windows fonts. Rendering is implemented within the editor itself. The free edition is session time limited.
  3. BabelPad is a free Unicode text editor for Windows that supports the proper rendering of most complex scripts, and allows you to assign different fonts to different scripts in order to facilitate multi-script text editing. BabelPad supports the latest version of Unicode, currently Unicode 6.0.
  4. MS WordPad can convert a Rich Text File (RTF) to Unicode (UTF-16), though this conversion will discard all formatting information. After saving as Unicode, use another editor (or TextPipe) to convert UTF-16 to UTF-8.

Multi OS

  • Gobby – a free collaborative editor supporting multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix-like platforms.




Runs on any operating system with a Java SE installed.

See also