10 Professional Free CSS Editors

The Web Editor

The web editor works great both in Windows and Mac, however, notice, it is not an entirely free tool. The team offers a 15-day trial to let you understand that this lightweight yet the powerful editor is going to solve lots of your issues and provide you with a comfortable interface. As for the pros:

  • there is a server synchronization and quick publish options;
  • there are smart snippets, code folding and much more.
  • CSS3Edit enables you to get the most out of the latest possibilities of the language;
  • there is a particularly powerful web preview tool that not only instantly visualizes the code but also finds relevant and more appropriate properties.

If you prefer such languages as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby or Python, you are welcome to experience and embrace its potential.

EngInSite CSS Editor

EnglnSite Editor is another product in our collection that has a lack of elegance and harmony. Its beauty lies in its functionality that lets you

  • build layouts corresponding to the latest requirements;
  • instantly preview results of CSS and HTML;
  • use auto completion tricks to save the markup from clutter and banal errors;
  • incorporate shorthand properties offered by the system;
  • advance the page with regular expressions;
  • enjoy native support for Unicode and UTF-8.

The only drawback is that it is assigned to Windows users so that again Mac fans stay overlooked.

Simple CSS — A Free CSS Authoring Tool

Simple CSS — A Free CSS Authoring Tool that is available for Windows and Mac OS.  Its aim is to brighten up the creating of regular cascading style sheets. You can easily specify main traits of the website; update them wherever you need to without risking destroying the whole harmony, and use intuitive interface for such tasks. You can also handle multiple projects simultaneously, moving between them within one open window.

Conclusion

Developing modern website layouts that are energized with fantastic and cutting-edge CSS effects from scratch can be a piece of cake if you have the right tools at your fingertips. The secret weapon, of course, is a handy, intuitive and feature-rich editor. It only seems that there is no difference whether to write the code in a standard OS-native notepad or a sophisticated third-party program. There is a lot to compare and contrast. There is always point in using specific tools that are created namely for such needs.

Our collection is a proof of that. Despite pursuing the same goal, and owing, in general, the basic functionality, each one of the listed above provides its unique environment for development. That is why it is always great to have a freedom of choice to find a more suitable instrument.

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11 Comments
  1. Bradley Jan 21, 2:25 pm

    Notepad++ for the win! Have tried a few others, as well as paid editors and always come back to it!

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    • Kasper Jan 21, 5:07 pm

      Try Sublime Text 2, it’s much better than notepad++ ;]
      Well, i’m using ST2 but still like N++

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  2. Gareth J M Saunders Jan 22, 9:51 pm

    I agree. For example, Rapid CSS is €19.85; TopStyle price is US $79.95 per single user license; Stylizer 5.x is CAN $79.99. It’s really not hard to find out if you need to pay for them. And 30-days free trial does not equal free.

    It feels a little deceptive in order to drive traffic to the site. But what is really does is just make me less trustful of other articles on this site, sadly.

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  3. Alex Jan 29, 11:04 pm

    +1 for Sublime Text 2 – It is young but very useful!

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  4. Anthony Sep 22, 10:08 pm

    I know this was written months ago, but Stylizer is not a free product.

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  5. morphosic Oct 3, 6:02 pm

    anyone know of a windows editor that fully supports nested css3? all of them i’ve tried can’t handle it yet… (as in they don’t know how to format it, or don’t recognize the nesting correctly)

    @page {
    margin:10px;

    @top-left { content:”test”; }
    }

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  6. Dang Thanh Jan 13, 7:23 pm

    Try Sublime Text 2. It’s very interesting with some amazing plugin such as Emmet, Nettus+ Fetch…

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  7. Aslam Feb 8, 2:35 pm

    Coffee cup is a rocking software must try it out.

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  8. Tom Aug 23, 10:45 pm

    Please remove the word FREE from the title. Most of the editors listed in this post are not free!

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  9. omar Feb 27, 10:08 am

    try LiveGap Editor ( http://editor.livegap.com )
    Free Online Html Editor With Syntax highlighting,live preview,code folding,fullscreen mode,themes,matching tags,auto completion,tag finding,frameWork and closing Brackets

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