BBEdit 14.6.9 Release Notes

BBEdit 14.6.9 contains fixes for reported issues.

BBEdit 14.6 was a feature update, which includes notable new features, visible changes to existing features, and fixes for reported issues.

For details on all the new features and enhancements available in BBEdit 14, please take a few moments to browse the release notes archive and review the release notes for any versions that you may not have seen.

To get a high-level overview of what's new in BBEdit 14, with screen shots, see the What's New in BBEdit 14 page.

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 14.0 change notes, as there are significant changes from previous versions.


BBEdit 14.6 requires Mac OS X 10.15.4 or later, and is compatible with macOS 11.0 and later. (Please see our OS compatibility guide for complete details.)

For all supported OS versions, please make sure that you have updated to the latest available update in that OS generation.

Important note for macOS Sonoma users: We have identified several bugs and regressions in macOS 14 which affect BBEdit's performance and stability. (FB13219490, FB13213147, FB13264033) For that reason we recommend that you remain on an older compatible version of macOS until such time as Apple addresses these issues. As and when that happens, we will amend our advice accordingly.


If you have been using any previous (13.x or older) version of BBEdit in Free Mode, starting BBEdit 14 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 13 or older, you will have a full 30-day evaluation period in which to try out BBEdit 14's new features. License upgrades are available at a discount for existing customers. Please see the BBEdit upgrades page for information and instructions.

Additions & Changes

This update contains only fixes for reported issues.


  • Fixed regression in which the recent-item buttons didn't work correctly in the Find Differences window as well as in the modal dialogs used for processing folders in the markup tools.

  • Fixed regression in which some commands which should have been present on the contextual menu for instaprojects were not available.

The following changes were made in BBEdit 14.6.8, and are listed here for completeness:

  • Fixed a bug in which using "Preview in BBEdit" on a document which didn't support syntax coloring (such as "Text File" or "(none)") would generate an empty preview.

  • Fixed bug in which backspacing over certain zero-width characters which were displayed as gremlins would not work correctly, when "Show Invisibles" was turned off.

  • For SSH connections, suppress any LocalCommand config directives, which will cause a login failure because sftp does not like things on standard output which are not protocol data.

  • Changed "a warning" to "an error" at an important point in the bbresults(1) man page.

  • Fixed bug in which the "Forget Item" button in the alert presented for a missing item chosen from the "Open Recent" menu would not always forget. ("Pepperidge Farm remembers...")

  • Fixed bug in which a couple of Search menu commands would behave strangely when applied to an editing window that was in full-screen mode with the Find window in front of it (but without focus, due to having clicked in the editing window).

  • Worked around a regression in macOS 14 which prevented the About window credits from displaying until the mouse passed over the text area.

  • Restore the pre-14.6 behavior of unconditionally displaying U+00AD (SOFT HYPHEN) characters. While not technically correct, it's (at the moment) better than the alternatives currently available.

  • Added default settings to work around the failure of ruby-lsp and deno language servers to quit correctly when asked.

  • Fixed bug in which some project-specific commands were inappropriately added to the contextual menu for instaprojects.

  • Fixed bug in which trying to create a new note from the selection in a text document would report a -50 error if the default notebook didn't exist (or was in use by another computer).

  • Worked around macOS 14 bug (FB13224680) which caused tick marks to be drawn in the wrong place in scrollbars.

  • Fixed bug in which the last item in the Grep cheat sheet was present in the Find window, but absent everywhere else (such as the Pattern Playground window).

  • Made a change to work around a bug in macOS 14 that can cause the application to crash at launch when remotely loaded fonts are in use.

  • Fixed bug in which the LSP request processor would log an erroneous "unrecognized/unsupported" message for most requests that had in fact been handled.

    (NB: when "Request verbose tracing" is turned on for a language server, this will also turn on expanded logging from BBEdit itself.)

  • Fixed bug in which changing the font setting in Editor Defaults to a different style font in the same font family (e.g. Menlo Bold to Menlo Bold Italic) did not always change the display font in the editing window.

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