Bare Bones Software Releases BBEdit 13.1

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Bare Bones Software Releases BBEdit 13.1
Revamped Markdown Preview, New ‘Run Unix Command’ Command, and ‘HTML Tidy’ Returns

NORTH CHELMSFORD, Mass. – June 2, 2020 – Bare Bones Software today announced the release and immediate availability of BBEdit® 13.1, the first feature update to the latest major version of its professional strength text and code editor.

BBEdit 13.1 brings back ‘HTML Tidy’ and introduces a completely overhauled Preview feature, a new ‘Run Unix Command’ command, and expands the array of supported Markdown variants.

Customers writing Markdown can now select a specific renderer for use in live previews and HTML exports. BBEdit 13.1 includes built-in renderers for CommonMark and “classic” Markdown; and can use Pandoc, MultiMarkdown, and GitHub-flavored CommonMark, if the customer has those installed. In order to serve any alternative needs, BBEdit 13.1 also provides an option to use a custom Unix command for Markdown-to-HTML conversion.

In addition, extensive internal updates to the “Preview in BBEdit” feature bring significant quality-of-life improvements for customers who use BBEdit to create content in HTML and Markdown.

A new ‘Run Unix Command’ command provides a quick means to directly run one-off Unix commands for processing text within BBEdit.

The BBEdit 13.1 update also brings significant improvements to the built-in syntax coloring, function navigation, and code folding support for Unix shell scripts, CSS/SCSS, and Python. In addition, “callout” comment support has been added to the built-in Markdown, CSS/SCSS, and Unix shell script language support.

BBEdit 13.1 also features a suite of markup utilities based on the “Tidy” suite of commands for HTML and XML, including reformatting, correcting simple errors, and checking Web accessibility.

“BBEdit 13.1 builds on a foundation of more than a hundred additions, changes, and improvements in 13.0,” said Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software, Inc. “Everything we’ve done for this update is in service of helping our customers be more productive: from adding Markdown renderer selection and reworking ‘Preview in BBEdit’, to adding HTML Tidy support, and beyond. Despite the small version number change, there is something here for everyone.”

“If you write in BBEdit, now would be a great time to try out its Preview command,” explained Jason Snell, podcaster and publisher of

BBEdit 13.1 also includes enhancements and refinements to existing features, and fixes for specific reported issues, and is a recommended and free update to all registered customers with BBEdit 13.

BBEdit offers a generous evaluation model in which its full feature set is available for the first 30 days of use. At the end of the 30-day evaluation period, BBEdit will continue to run in Free Mode with a permanent feature set which includes its powerful editing capabilities, but not its web authoring tools or other exclusive features. BBEdit’s exclusive features may be re-enabled at any time with a purchased license.

BBEdit 13.1 requires macOS 10.14.2 or later (macOS 10.14.6 or later recommended) and is fully compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina. Detailed information on all of the changes in BBEdit 13.1 can be found at:

For more information on BBEdit, or to download the software, please visit the company’s web site:

BBEdit: Power Tool for Text

BBEdit is the leading professional-strength text and code editor for the Mac. Crafted to serve the needs of writers, web authors, software developers, and everyone else who deals with text, this award-winning product provides a vast number of helpful features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit enjoys legendary status for reliable, high-performance text transformation.

Pricing and Availability

BBEdit is available directly from Bare Bones Software or by subscription on the Mac App Store.

BBEdit 13 has a suggested retail price of US$49.99. Owners of BBEdit 12 can upgrade for US$29.99. Owners of BBEdit 11 or earlier can upgrade for US$39.99. New licenses and upgrades are available directly from the Bare Bones Software online store:

BBEdit is available from the Mac App Store by subscribing in-app for US$3.99 per month, or US$39.99 per year. BBEdit customers with a Mac App Store subscription get all of the exciting new features in BBEdit 13 automatically.

For those who also want the 25th Anniversary commemorative t-shirt or an enamel pin, a complete line of BBEdit merchandise is available from the Bare Bones Software merch shop at:

BBEdit 13 may be purchased directly from Bare Bones Software or numerous Macintosh software resellers. For a partial listing of domestic and international resellers, please visit:

New customers who wish to get BBEdit from the Mac App Store can find it here:

Multi-user licenses are also available. For details please send email to “” or call +1-978-251-0500.

About Bare Bones Software, Inc.

Bare Bones Software, Inc. develops leading-edge power tools for the Mac. The company’s passion for creating deeply functional software with a clean, effective interface has earned it devotion from Mac users worldwide, plus quite a few awards. For more information, visit

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