Best Free and Open Source Text Expander Tools

We are always looking for utilities that improve our productivity. One way to improve your workflow is to enhance your typing experience.

Do you often type the same sentences over and over? If so, this article will be of interest.

A text expander can be extremely powerful as it detects when you type a keyword and replaces it while you are typing. People often use them to write our quick text snippets. The amount of time saves on each expansion may not, in itself, be that great. But add up the savings over time and you may be amazed at the benefit.

Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-styled chart. We only include free and open source software when making our selection.

Text Expander rating chart

Let’s explore the 3 tools at hand. For each program we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources.

Text Expander Tools
espansoA smart and efficient cross-platform text expander written in Rust
TexpanderBash script that uses xclip, xdotool, and zenity to expand abbreviations
Snippet PixieSave often used text snippets and expand them. The tool is written in Vala
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