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RText is a customizable open source programmer's text editor written in Java.

It is a simple, intuitive text editor with a mature feature-set.

 RText 2.5.6

Free to download


Modified BSD license

Robert Futrell


System Requirements
Java Runtime Environment

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Features include:

  • Syntax highlighting for over 30 languages:
    • Assembler (X86), BBCode, C, C++, C#, CSS, Delphi, Fortran, Groovy, HTML, Java, JavaScript, JSON, JSP, Lua, Perl, PHP, Properties Files, Python, Ruby, SAS, Scala, SQL, Tcl, UNIX shell scripts, Visual Basic, Windows batch, and XML
  • Code folding
  • Multiple fonts simultaneously - Different token types can use different fonts and styles
  • Bracket matching - Useful for quickly scoping a block of code
  • Macro record/playback - Automate common editing tasks you do repeatedly
  • Drag-and-drop - Easily move code around in your document, or even into another application
  • Spell Checking - Spell check plain text documents and comments of source code
  • Bookmarking - Mark and quickly navigate to important sections of code
  • Mark Occurrences - Easily see the scope and usage of a variable or method
  • Code templates - Create shortcut key sequences for common coding constructs such as for-loops
  • Unlimited undo/redo - Don't worry about making a mistake with the handy smart undo & redo
  • File encodings supported - Edit and save files in ASCII, Unicode, or any other encoding supported by your JVM
  • Current line highlighting - Allows you to quickly locate your position in a source file
  • Margin line - Useful for keeping your lines from being too long, if you're into that kind of thing
  • Drag-and-drop files from the desktop to open them
  • Edit multiple documents simultaneously, using a (tabbed view or traditional MDI)
  • Find/Replace, with full regular expression support
  • Find in Files and Replace in Files
  • External Tool Support for running things such as compilers, Ant, etc
  • Task List highlights your TODO items in source code comments
  • Printing and Print Preview, for when you need a hard copy
  • Auto-reload of files when they are modified outside of editor
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts makes using the editor a little more comfortable
  • Customizable UI - change the toolbar's icon set, the application's look and feel, the colors and fonts used in the editor, what buttons are visible on the toolbar, etc
  • Comprehensive Help documentation comes with the application
  • Cross-platform - runs anywhere there is a JVM
  • External tool support
  • Load and save files remotely via FTP
  • Localized into 15 languages

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