BBEdit 13.5.1 Release Notes

For details on all the new features and enhancements available in BBEdit 13.5 please see the release notes for BBEdit 13.5.

BBEdit 13.5 is a feature update, which includes notable new features, visible changes to existing features, and fixes for reported issues.

Because BBEdit 13.5 builds on features that were added in BBEdit 13.0 and 13.1, please take a few moments to review the release notes for BBEdit 13.0 and BBEdit 13.1, as well as their (respective) updates. Those notes are available in 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 13 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).

If you are using macOS 10.15 "Catalina", please make sure that you have updated to the latest available OS version (10.15.7 or later).


If you have been using BBEdit 13 in Free Mode, starting BBEdit 13.5 will reset your 30-day evaluation period, so that you can have a full trial of the new features.

If you have previously purchased a license from us for BBEdit 12 or older, you will have a full 30-day evaluation period in which to try out BBEdit 13's new features. License upgrades are available at a discount for existing customers. Please see the BBEdit upgrades page for information and instructions.


  • BBEdit offers a new item for the Services menu: "Compare using BBEdit". For any two selected file items, this will start a Find Differences operation. (The items must both be files or both be folders, and when comparing files, both files must be recognizable by BBEdit as text files.)

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  • Fixed an error in the Markdown cheat sheet.

  • Corrected sort ordering of the list in the Rescued Documents window, so that the most recently created rescues come first.

  • Fixed crash which would occur when trying to report "These files are identical" using a sheet in the document's window.

  • Fixed bug in which live highlighting of selected matches would not start a new search in some situations (involving clicking into a blank line and then back on to a match for the most recently searched string).

  • Added an entry to the Markdown cheat sheet for titled image placement.

  • If bbedit --maketags cannot locate a suitable ctags, it will now report and exit rather than crashing.

  • Fixed a crash which could occur during multi-file Find Differences when attempting to identify identical files.

  • Fixed bug in which untitled document rescue didn't take place when "Make backup before saving" was turned on.

  • Added some armorplating at the site of a nonreproducible crash.

  • Made a change so that PDFs are explicitly excluded from consideration as possible text files, unless the OpenPDFsAsText expert preference is explicitly turned on. This improves file filtering performance in a variety of circumstances.

  • Fixed a bug in which significant latency in saving FTP/SFTP documents via the built-in support would lead to a subsequent (inaccurate) warning about the document having been modified on the server. (This would occur upon a later attempt to save.)

  • Made a change to work around a macOS bug (FB8811175) in which sandboxed processes were not allowed to send Apple Events to BBEdit, because its application property list file exceeded 50KiB in size. This broke automation operations initiated by Automator, MarsEdit, Keyboard Maestro, and probably others.

  • Fixed crash which would occur when parsing certain .editorconfig files.

  • Unrecognized tags will no longer interfere with "Balance Tags", as long as they are either properly balanced container pairs or written using the self-closing XML syntax.

  • Fixed bug in which the application would unexpectedly quit in cases where an error occurred while starting a multi-file Replace All operation using the Multi-File Search window.

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