BBEdit 10.5.5 Release Notes

BBEdit 10.5.5 is a focused maintenance update which includes fixes for reported issues.

For details on all the new features and enhancements that were offered in BBEdit 10.5, please see its release notes.

For information on changes made in previous versions, please see the release notes archive.

For detailed information on using any of BBEdit's features, please refer to the user manual (choose "User Manual" from BBEdit's Help menu).


BBEdit 10 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

PowerPC-based Macs are not supported.


  • This release consists entirely of fixes for reported issues, and contains no new features.


  • When starting the application from somewhere other than /Applications/ (or ~/Applications/), you're now offered the opportunity to relocate it to /Applications. This replaces the old alert about running from the install image, and provides a better first-run experience as well. (This all only applies to non-App Store builds.)

  • When starting the application, holding down the Command, Control, and Shift keys will now give you the opportunity to discard any existing auto-save state. You should do so with extreme caution; discarding the auto-save state means that you will lose any unsaved changes or untitled documents that were previously remembered as part of the crash recovery mechanics.

  • Made some cosmetic adjustments to the Line Numbers bar in editing views.

  • Made some cosmetic adjustments to the Cursor Position display in editing view status bars.


  • Fixed a bug in which horizontal scrollbar calibration would be incorrect in certain edge cases; it should now generally be more accurate than before.

  • Fixed bug in which the x-counterpart variable in files would cause a failure to find the counterpart when they were of differing languages or names. Also added Resources as a search directory for counterparts.

  • Rewrote our custom cursors to use image-based NSCursor instead of CURS resources, for great justice (and correct appearance on retina displays).

  • Since the contents of */Library/QuickTime/ seem to exist only to crash applications, those plug-ins are now prevented from loading into our address space.

  • Application state snapshots now include the count of untitled windows, to avoid confusion when creating new untitled documents after starting up with saved state.

  • Made a change to prevent addition of a default filename extension when doing a Save As or other operation which involved generating a default file name, and the document name already had an extension.

  • Fixed bug in which closing the last document in an editing window would not close the window in situations where multiple documents had been selected in the window's sidebar.

  • Fixed crash which would occur when closing a document listed in the sidebar, after the sidebar item had been dragged into a different order in the list. (At that point the item would fail to update its name if the file's name on disk changed, as well.)

  • Fixed misspelled attribute name in the internal HTML5 DTD.

  • Made changes so that the FTP/SFTP bookmark internals will return and report errors when given bad input, rather than crashing. (Still no clarity on why the bad input was happening, though.)

  • Fixed bug which would cause internal exceptions (and subsequent strange behavior, like all menus being disabled) at startup on certain systems. I don't know why she swallowed a fly.

  • Fixed a bug in the bbfind tool in which it would fail to report results back to standard output.

  • The built-in software update mechanism now uses https to connect to the update server for fetching update information, and verifies the downloaded update before installation to guard against tampering or corruption. This fixes CVE-2013-3667, thanks to Chris Hickstein for the report.

  • Made a change to the window geometry calculations so that default diff results tiling is on the main screen again in systems containing two (or more) screens of identical shape and size.

  • Fixed crash which would occur when opening a document with saved state indicating a split view, but for which the split ended up not being restored (possibly due to display geometry changes).

  • Removed vestigial "Update Siteā€¦" command from the Markup => Update menu, which did nothing but report an error.

  • When choosing a font size that is too large (as defined by its line height exceeding the height of the text view it's asked to display in), an editing view will refuse the change. This will address the occasional situation in which the edit fields in the Find or Multi-File Search windows appear to be blank or behave strangely when the default editing font is set to a sufficiently large size.

  • Fixed bug in which Move Line Up/Down didn't properly scroll the moved text back into view in situations where it should have.

  • Crash my app at startup and you're banned from the ballpark. Yeah, EasySIMBL, I'm talking to you.

  • Fixed crash which would occur sometimes when closing documents while the Multi-File Search window was open.

  • Subversion "Working Copy Status" results browsers are now keyed by the directory, so you can have more than one open (but only one per working copy directory).

  • Fixed bug in which it was not possible to choose a Zip archive (or other files in Zip format, like EPUB) as the target for a text factory operation.

  • Resolved a 12612 error which would occur when saving a document opened from a Zip archive, in cases where the document's entry in the archive had a date in the future.

  • Flash Player, you have generated your last crash log.

  • Added a build phase to strip xattrs from items in the application package, which solves a problem in which the OS creates Finder attribute files when the application is copied to a non-HFS file system (e.g. a FAT-formatted USB thumb drive) and in so doing renders the application's code signature invalid.

  • Fixed crash which would occur when closing a live preview window for code containing a JavaScript onUnload event handler.

  • Fixed crash which would occur rarely when trying to open a document.

  • Fixed crash which would occur sometimes when using "Hard Wrap Text" to wrap a paragraph at the beginning of the document.

  • Adjusted the expert prefs help to reflect the actual default state of the ClippingsIgnoreTrailingReturns expert preference.