BBEdit 13.0.3 Release Notes

BBEdit 13.0.3 contains fixes for reported issues.

For details on all the new features and enhancements available in BBEdit 13, please see the release notes for BBEdit 13.0.

If you haven't looked at BBEdit for a while, we encourage you to catch up on the notes from BBEdit 12.6, BBEdit 12.5, BBEdit 12.1, and BBEdit 12.0, or browse 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).

Important: Please make sure that you have read the BBEdit 13.0 change notes, as there are significant changes from previous versions.


BBEdit 13.0 requires Mac OS X 10.14.2 or later, and is compatible with macOS 10.15 "Catalina".

If you are using macOS 10.14 "Mojave", please make sure that you have updated to the latest available OS version (10.14.6 or later).

Additions & Changes

This update contains only fixes for reported issues.


  • Fixed bug in which changes made to the search and/or replace pattern fields in the Pattern Playground by means of the menu buttons (saved patterns, history, cheat sheet) weren't undoable.

  • Fixed bug in which refreshing the results of a Git "Show Working Copy" operation didn't update the results list when there were changes.

  • Fixed a bug in which color schemes which used the system text highlight color (such as BBEdit Light or BBEdit Classic, or any other scheme in which "Use custom highlight colors" was turned off) would use the wrong color when the system was in Dark Mode.

  • Fixed a bug in which the presence of legacy color settings would create a situation in which the color scheme selection was reset to a newly created "Custom Settings" color scheme each time the application started up.

  • Made a change so that errors invoking ctags or readtags don't surface while using the completion interface. (This stifles the 100086 error which will occur on Catalina if your available ctags is a 32-bit binary.)

  • Worked around a bug in the OS (FB7416680) in which the save panel would override an existing filename extension with its own notion of what the extension should be.

  • Fixed a crash which would occur if /usr/bin/diff failed to run. ("This should never happen.")

  • Fixed bug in which quitting the application with a Zip/tar archive browser open would reopen a disk browser window viewing the top level of your computer, rather than the archive that it had been browsing.

  • Worked around a system windowing behavior which would cause the following unexpected behavior: when starting the application in which the saved state specified a window in full screen mode, if the application was started by opening a document that wasn't previously open in that window, the document being opened (and any other such additional documents) would open into a separate window.

  • Made changes to improve performance at startup when doing autosave recovery for a very large quantity of unsaved documents (think: thousands).

  • Fixed a bug in which authenticated saves would fail in cases where the directory requiring privilege escalation was not on the startup disk.

  • Fixed bug in which deleting a file or folder filter that was in use by an open project, disk browser, or the Multi-File Search window would fail to update each window's settings and behavior.

  • Fixed a bug in which entering "~" (or a path beginning with "~") in the directory path would report an error when connecting to an SFTP server.

  • Fixed a bug in which Pattern Playground windows didn't remember useful things (search pattern, replace pattern, case sensitive setting, and scratch contents) when quitting and relaunching the application.


  • The HTML5 syntax checker no longer reports an error for crossorigin and integrity attributes in link and script elements.

  • Made a change to allow the property attribute to appear in meta elements, as long as the attribute's value begins with "og:".

  • Made a change to how the FTP browser view calculates the text for the "Kind" column, so that a more useful document kind is displayed in cases where something more generic was displayed before.

  • Quieted console noise when ingesting current format color schemes.

  • Changed the legacy color preference conversion so that it sets the converted color scheme as the active scheme only for the appearance in which it makes sense, rather that applying the scheme setting to both light and dark appearances.

  • Fixed bug in which creating a new file in a closed project folder would cause folder aliases to unrelated locations to twist open (as well as the project folder in which the new file had been created).

  • Fixed a bug in which a crash of the AppleScript runner would leave the application in a state where important menu commands (like Quit) were disabled or didn't do anything.

  • Fixed a bug in which certain scripting verbs which implicitly targeted the active window (cut, copy, paste, undo, clear undo history, insert clipping) would fail when the application was in the background. (Reminder: you generally should not use these because of their implicit targeting; and in the case of the cut/copy/paste verbs, they are inherently unpredictable with respect to the contents of the Clipboard.)

  • Fixed layout bug in the "Commands" window in which long items would get (invisibly) wrapped to the next line, rather than truncated with an ellipsis.

  • Fixed bug in which the fields in the "Replace All" text factory action sheet used the wrong font.

  • Fixed a bug in which an instaproject would get confused if the top-level folder from which it got created was moved or renamed. (The change won't be noticed right away; but eventually it will.)

  • Fixed a bug in which saved markers weren't loaded for files opened via the built-in FTP/SFTP support.

  • Made a change so that only the first click of a multi-click sequence opens the menu that's attached to a popup action button (such as the Cheat Sheet or Saved Patterns buttons in the Find window or Pattern Playground). This fixes a bug in which rapid clicking on different buttons would sometimes open the wrong menu.

  • Fixed a bug in which C++ "raw" strings which contained a double quote would confuse the syntax coloring.

  • Fixed bug in the Unix shell script scanner in which the next character after a "<" would be ignored if the "<" didn't start a heredoc. This sometimes caused problems if the character after the "<" was something relevant to syntax coloring, like a double quote.

  • Fixed a layout bug and a drawing glitch in the tool/control bar of Preview in BBEdit windows.

  • The Find window now pays attention to the "Selected text only" option when calculating live search results. If there is no selection, or if there is a rectangular selection, the search will be done over the entire document, as before.

  • Fixed a bug in which Git "Show Working Copy Status" would always show the status for the entire working copy, even when invoked on a subdirectory within the working copy.

  • Fixed a bug in which files which required conversion to HTML during site deployment (such as Markdown or Textile) were uploaded with correct names but incorrect contents.