Upgrade to BBEdit

Why am I here?

This page provides information on how (and why!) to upgrade to BBEdit from TextWrangler.

We have sunsetted TextWrangler, and so we encourage anyone interested in TextWrangler to download and use BBEdit instead.

Please see our Q&A for TextWrangler customers.


What is BBEdit?

BBEdit is TextWrangler’s elder sibling. It’s a text editing power tool for professionals, with a rich set of HTML markup tools and other web development aids; an advanced “Projects” feature for helping you keep track of related files; integrated support for source-code control using Git, Subversion or Perforce; and many more features to help software developers, Web developers, and anyone else with high-power text editing needs to work more smoothly and productively.

Read more about BBEdit.

How is BBEdit different from TextWrangler?

BBEdit’s basic features and behaviors are identical to TextWrangler, but BBEdit offers many more advanced features and capabilities. We’ve put together a handy comparison chart to help you out. And of course, we have a fully functional evaluation version so that you can try it out.

Finally, the BBEdit product page is a great place to learn all about it.

Am I required to purchase BBEdit? I thought TextWrangler was free.

You are absolutely not required to purchase BBEdit.

BBEdit offers a 30-day evaluation period, to provide you a true test of the software. At the end of the evaluation period, BBEdit will remain permanently functional with a revised feature set that includes its powerful text 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.

Some of our dedicated customers have asked for a way to express their support in a direct way, and purchasing a BBEdit license is a great way to do it.

How much does BBEdit cost?

If you choose not to purchase a license, BBEdit is free to use forever with its revised feature set, with no nag screens or unsolicited interruptions.

A new BBEdit license is just US$49.99.

I’m convinced! Where do I sign up?

If you would like to start with the demo, you can get it here.

Download BBEdit now.

BBEdit licenses are available for purchase directly from us. Thanks again for supporting us!

Go to our store now.

I already own a copy of BBEdit. Do I need to purchase it again?

Thank you for your support! You don’t need to purchase BBEdit again if you already own a license. If you have an older commercial version, we do invite you to upgrade to the latest version at a discounted price. Of course, if you’re already up to date, there’s nothing else you need to do.

I already bought BBEdit from the App Store, does that change anything?

The latest version of BBEdit from the Mac App Store is an older one, and is not supported on more recent OS versions. You’re welcome to upgrade if you like, and more information is available here.

Otherwise, once you’ve purchased a BBEdit license, you don’t have to do so again (unless you need additional licenses for additional users). Thank you again for supporting us.

We’ve written up answers to some common questions related to the Mac App Store, you can find them here.

Is that all?

Yes! Except to say “thank you” for using TextWrangler. Enjoy.