Modern-day programming has become a challenging task. There are a plethora of web technologies available to choose from. Besides, there are developers working on language-specific development projects. You must be aware that there is a range of testing frameworks, debugging tools and development frameworks for every specific programming language, such as Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP and so on.

Modern code editors come with built-in support for various programming languages. Text editors are now considered to be primitive but modern text editors also provide some basic code editing features. Code editors are extremely useful for developers since they simplify much of their complex tasks. They have long been used by the programmers for various development projects. Code editors offer features, such as auto-indentation, bracket matching, code editing/previewing and more.

Usually, code editors come integrated in IDEs (integrated development environment) though there are some modern code editors which can be used as a standalone application. Here, I am presenting a list of some standalone code editors which offer some modern features while supporting a variety of languages. They may not be as powerful as IDEs though they can take care of the basic requirements of the programmers. Alright, so check out the list of 12 Source Code Editors.

1. Brackets

Brackets is an open-source code editor widely used for web development. It is a web-based editor that offers inline editing and real-time previewing features. Moreover, it lets you use code hints to extract design information from PSD, such as colors, fonts, gradients and more.

2. Gedit

Gedit is a text editor designed to work specially for Gnome desktop environment and Gnome core applications.  It offers tools for editing source code and markup languages. Gedit offers syntax highlighting for various programming languages, such as C, C++, Java, Ruby, Python, HTML, XML and Perl. Moreover, it provides features, including auto indentation, text wrapping, undo/redo, file editing and line numbers.

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3. TextMate

TextMate is a GUI (graphical user interface) text editor designed exclusively for MAC OS X. It features robust snippets, macros, a scoping system and more. TextMate also offers features, such as auto-indentation, column selections/typing, regular expression search/replace, foldable code blocks and file switching.

4. Atom

Atom is an open-source text and source code editor which supports Linux, OS X and Windows platform. It offers features, such as file system browser, built-in package manager, auto-completion, file system browser and more. Atom is not an online web application but a desktop application built with web technologies, such as HTML, JavaScript and CSS. It offers pre-built Node.js integration and runs on Electron, a framework for developing cross-platform applications using various web technologies.

5. Notepad++

Notepad ++ is a free source-code editor that runs in MS Windows environment.  It is written in C++ and is based on Scintilla, a fee source code editing component. Notepad++ offers several features, such as syntax highlighting/folding, macro recording/playback, auto-completion, customizable GUI (graphical user interface) and more.

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6. Crimson Editor

Crimson Editor
Crimson Editor is a modern source code editor for Windows platform. It offers a bunch of features for popular programming languages, such as HTML, C++, Perl and Java. Crimson Editor offers features, such as syntax highlighting, spell checking, multi level undo/redo, file selection, natural word wrapping, column mode editing, user tools and macros.

7. Sublime Text

Sublime Text
Sublime Text is a modern text editor for code, markup and prose. The program is available for OS X, Windows and Linux platform. It has a Python-based plugin API (application programming interface) and comes with a built-in Python console. You can customize key bindings, menus, snippets, macros and more in Sublime Text. Moreover, it offers other features, such as split editing support, multiple selections option, a command palette and more.

8. Araneae

Araneae is a professional code editor for Windows platform. It is a powerful web development editor supporting various programming languages, such as HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and Ruby. Araneae offers some powerful features, including syntax highlighting, instant browser previewing, drag and drop support for files and images, downloadable extensions and more.

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9. RJ TextEd

RJ TextEd
RJ TextEd is an advanced text and source code editor for Windows platform. It functions as a web development editor offering support for PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript. RJ TextEd provides support for CSS/HTML editing/previewing, spell checking, auto completion, HTML validation, templates and more. Besides, it also offers code folding, document map, advanced sorting, dockable panels, FTP and SFTP client with synchronization and such other features.

10. Ecoder

Ecoder is an open-source, web-based source code editor. It provides real-time color syntax highlighting and online multiple documents editing. Ecoder works with several browsers, excluding IE 6.

11. Komodo Edit

Komodo Edit
Komodo Edit is a professional code editor offering support for multiple languages. Komodo Edit offers some powerful features, including markdown viewer, auto completion, multiple selections, track changes, package manager integration and real-time spell checking.

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12. SlickEdit

SlickEdit is a robust source code editor that comes with some modern features. It offers advanced debugging features for various programming languages, such as Java, Python, Ruby, Perl, PHP and more. Moreover, SlickEdit supports some popular build environments, such as Visual Studio, Maven, Ant, NAnt, Xcode and Android. It also offers various features, including syntax highlighting, code navigation, file editing, auto completion and code templates.

With that, we have come to the end of our list. A lot of code editors are platform-specific while there are others which support multiple platforms. Moreover, there are a few code editors that come with built-in support for modern technologies like Node.js. This trend is a good way to offer solutions that cater to specific requirements of different programmers.

Do want to add some more names to the list? You can go ahead and mention the names of your favorite code editors that are not featured on the list in the comments section below.