BBEdit 13.5.6 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 are using macOS 11 "Big Sur", please make sure that you have updated to the latest available OS version (11.3 or later).


If you have been using BBEdit 13.1.3 or earlier 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.


  • "Open Selection" via the contextual menu for folders in a project window's sidebar will open a new instaproject window for each selected folder, even if one is already open.

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  • Made a change to reduce the amount of time required to start a multi-file search when one or more data sources was a collection of discrete files (such as a project, Xcode or otherwise).

  • Made a change to prevent a crash which could occur when saving a document opened via the built-in FTP/SFTP support, after the connection had previously been closed.

  • Fixed a pair of bugs that conspired to cause a crash, after following a fairly convoluted process that involved opening a document from an FTP/SFTP browser window and subsequently using "Save [a Copy] to FTP/SFTP Server" on the same server.

  • Fixed bug in connection management in the "Save to FTP/SFTP" panel which would cause the panel to connect to the wrong server when disconnecting from one server and reconnecting to a different server.

  • Fixed bug in which using the "Find Selected Text in " menu command would report a -1708 error when the previously selected set of search sources consisted solely of "Open Editing Windows" or a subordinate window.

  • Added NS_OPTIONS to the keyword lists for Objective-{C,C++}.

  • Fixed bug in which Unicode characters which could not be mapped to Mac Roman were not always correctly reported when trying to save a file in that encoding. (And in cases where they weren't reported, they were usually mismapped.)

  • Fixed bug in which dragging text from another application without holding the Option key down would, at the originating application's sole discretion, delete the text in the original.

  • Fixed bug in which the application did not correctly reopen previously open documents in cases where it was unable to restore a Sleep State file saved by a previous normal quit, but a Saved Application State file did exist.

  • Made a change to handle mis-encoded results from perldoc when using "Find in Reference".

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