BBEdit Comparison Chart

What’s the difference between BBEdit and TextWrangler? See for yourself! Highlighted rows indicate features which are exclusive to BBEdit.

Note: This chart used to include features from BBEdit Lite 6.1. However, BBEdit Lite has been discontinued for a long time: if you’re still using it, you really should upgrade to TextWrangler. Like BBEdit Lite, TextWrangler doesn’t cost anything, and in all respects it’s a much more modern and capable application.

This chart is not an exhaustive listing of the features in BBEdit. You’ll find an overview in the BBEdit Feature Tour.

TextWrangler 4 BBEdit 10
Optimized for Intel Macs (requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later)
Multiple Undo
Multiple Clipboards
Splittable editing windows
Extensively configurable key equivalents
Show and hide individual menu items or entire menus
Transparently reads and writes DOS, Unix, and Mac files
Transparently reads and writes gzip (.gz) and BZ2 (.bz2) compressed files
Transparently reads and writes files stored within Zip compressed archives  
Powerful multi-file search and replace (even on files that aren’t open) with multiple simultaneous search and replace operations
Automatic backup of files when saving (optional)
“Quit” command saves the application’s state (including the contents of untitled or unsaved documents) and quits instantly; and picks up where you left off the next time you start up
Periodic auto-save to protect against data loss from system crashes, power failures, and locust infestations
Complete set of HTML Tools for fast, easy, and correct markup. Supports current standards including HTML5, HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, and XHTML 1.1.
  • HTML Tools accessible from menu or floating palette

  • Innovative “Edit Markup” panel helps you write correct markup according to the standard in use

  • Context-sensitive tag and attribute completion while typing

  • Apply HTML markup from contextual (right-click) menus, or use built-in contextually aware completion for tags and attributes

  • Standards-based document and site syntax checking—check single pages or entire sites for compliance

  • Preview in BBEdit—automatically updates a preview as you edit, or preview in any installed browser

  • Built-in web-server support allows you to preview dynamically generated HTML

  • Close Current Tag command speeds and simplifies HTML element creation and editing

  • Powerful include and placeholder options for easier site maintenance

  • Built-in Tidy support for code cleanup and accessibility checking

  • Configure multiple web site projects via the scriptable HTML Web Site preferences

  • Easily create file and image links with drag and drop

  • Comprehensive HTML Entities palette for easy insertion of Latin-1, Symbol, Greek Letters, and other special characters

 
Flexible ‘grep’ style pattern-based search and replace based on PCRE (the Perl-Compatible Regular Expression library)
“Live Search” highlights matches in your document as you type a search string
Advanced PCRE support, including named subpatterns and other grep goodness
Comprehensive AppleScript support: scriptable, recordable, and attachable
Built-in file and folder comparison with Find Differences
Find Differences displays word- and character-level differences
Rectangular/columnar text selections
Open, edit, and save files in a wide variety of character sets (including UTF-8 and UTF-16)
Automatic source-code language guessing
Can be used as an external editor for Xcode
Unix command-line access for opening and comparing files (Note: Not available from the Mac App Store.)
bbfind/twfind command-line tool provides integration of multi-file search with Unix scripts and workflows
Authenticated saves (Note: Not available from the Mac App Store.)
Emacs key-binding support
Offers the Scratchpad, a convenient place to make quick notes and temporarily store text without having to create a document on disk  
Includes a copy of Consolas Regular, an excellent antialiased code editing font; licensed from Ascender Corporation for use only with BBEdit.  
Extensive FTP and SFTP support
  • Open and save text files located on remote FTP/SFTP servers

  • Supports Mac OS X Keychain and use of alternate ports

  • FTP/SFTP Browser provides persistent view of remote site directories

  • Bonjour discovery of local servers

Integrated support for file transfers through Interarchy, Transmit, Fetch, and other third-party clients with “Edit in BBEdit” commands
Open files and view directory listings with Disk Browser
Disk Browser features hierarchical folder listing and file filters for advanced control
Explore contents of Unix tar and Zip archive files in disk browsers without needing to extract them first
Transparently reads and writes files stored in Zip compressed archives  
Function-navigation and syntax-coloring support for more than 20 programming languages, including HTML, JavaScript, Java, Perl, C++, Objective-C, & more
Function-navigation and syntax-coloring support for Ruby, object-oriented JavaScript, and SQL
Loads and saves color schemes (using the bbcolors format)
Text completion, using ctags, clippings, document symbols, and language keywords as data sources  
Control editor behavior and display settings on a per-language basis
Code folding
Powerful Clippings system:

  • Store and insert frequently used text items and custom tags

  • Menu-driven and key-bindable item selection

  • Language-sensitive switching of clipping sets

  • Useful example sets included

  • Download additional sets from our web site for free

 
Run Unix scripts and filters (including Perl, Python, Ruby, and shell script) from a built-in menu
Native Mac OS X spelling checker
Check spelling as you type to catch embarrassing typos
Integrated support for Subversion and Perforce version control systems; work with source files from multiple repositories  
Shell worksheets run Unix commands from an editable window (just like MPW worksheets, for you old-timers)  
Use BBEdit’s legendary text processing power in any Automator workflow  
Use Automator workflows as “text filters” for transforming document contents  
Create and run Text Factories—apply any number of powerful text transformations to multiple files without programming  
Combine text factories, scripts, text filters, and Automator workflows into “packages” for easy distribution and installation  
Open multiple documents per window:
  • Each window presents a list of all of the documents that are open in that window

  • Navigation Bar contains a popup menu with a list of all of the documents open in the window

  • Previous Document and Next Document commands speed navigation using keyboard, menu, or mouse

Ponies  
Create Codeless Language Modules to add syntax coloring and function navigation for additional languages without writing any code
Support for Exuberant Ctags (a powerful tool for indexing and navigating source code), providing easy access to indexed symbols by means of contextual (right-click) menus and the Find Definition command  
Use Projects to organize your projects, grouping files into a single browser without regard to their location  
Comprehensive PDF user manual provided
Price US$49.99
Discounted upgrade pricing from previous BBEdit versions (not available) US$39.99