TextWrangler FAQs

Are there any differences between the Mac App Store version of TextWrangler and the version available directly from your web site?

The version of TextWrangler available in the Mac App Store does not support authenticated saves (the ability to save changes to files that you do not own) and does not include the command-line tools, in order to comply with Apple’s submission guidelines.

Authenticated saves are not possible in versions of TextWrangler obtained from the Mac App Store. If you desire this capability, please download TextWrangler directly from us.

Command-line tools: Any customer who has obtained TextWrangler from the Mac App Store may use the following package to install the command-line tools on their system. (This package is only for use with Mac App Store copies of TextWrangler, and is not suitable for use otherwise.)

TextWrangler command-line tools installer: download

Should I download TextWrangler from textwrangler.onfreedownload.com or any other third-party site?

NO! Absolutely not. This site is distributing TextWrangler without authorization and may be dangerous so you should not, under any circumstance, download or otherwise obtain Textwrangler from it.

Instead, you can freely obtain a legitimate version of TextWrangler from the Mac App Store or directly from our own website so we encourage you to get TextWrangler from us (or from the App Store) and enjoy it with our compliments!

What system version does TextWrangler require?

TextWrangler 5.5 requires Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later, and is compatible with macOS 10.12 “Sierra”. (It will not run on any earlier version of Mac OS X.)

OS Compatibility Information

Does TextWrangler support “Split View” on OS X El Capitan?

El Capitan’s Split View feature requires that the OS allow TextWrangler to enter that mode, which it currently does not. We regret that this is not a feature we can add, nor a limitation that we can work around ourselves. In order for Split View to work in TextWrangler, Apple will need to add support for TextWrangler by making a change to the OS.

If you have a developer account, we encourage and recommend that you file a bug report with Apple, requesting that they correct this situation. File a bug report here. Note that if you file a bug using the developer bug reporter, you should attach a System Information report, and follow Apple’s bug reporting guidelines.

If you don’t have a developer account, you can instead send comments to Apple using their OS X feedback form.

No technical details are required; all that Apple needs to know is that you expected Split View to be usable in TextWrangler, and that you found it nonfunctional.

Does TextWrangler support Japanese/Chinese/Korean language editing?

TextWrangler supports opening and editing files written in most left-to-right writing systems, including non-Roman languages such as Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

However, TextWrangler does not support editing content in right-to-left languages such as Hebrew and Arabic. (You may also encounter inconsistencies when working with languages that routinely employ conjunct characters, such as Devanagari.)

How can I edit really big files in TextWrangler?

Dealing with large files presents no intrinsic problems for TextWrangler. However, TextWrangler is a RAM-based editor, and it uses system memory to hold open files. TextWrangler also represents open documents as Unicode, which uses two bytes for each character. Combined with an internal Mac OS X limitation, this means that you can open files up to 384 megabytes in size (402,653,184 characters). To open a larger file, you will first need to split it into multiple parts, each less than 384M in size.

How do I select a column of text within TextWrangler?

Just hold down the Option key (the mouse cursor will change to a cross shape) and then drag to make a rectangular selection.

Please note the “Soft Wrap Text” option must be turned off in order to make a rectangular selection. (You can turn off soft wrapping in the current document via the Text Options popup in the toolbar, or in the Text Options sheet.)