5 Lesser known text editors.

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5 Lesser known text editors.

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Cybear Tron
·Dec 10, 2021·

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People use text editors and code editors like notepad, notepad++, sublime text etc. a lot. For different purposes obviously. We hear all the big names: Sublime Text, Notepad++, VSCode, Komodo Edit etc. a lot.


But you might have wondered about the lesser known text editors and code editors that are there but you (probably) haven't heard of.

Thus in this article I will tell you about 5 lesser known and not those famous text editors. Great?

Lite :

This specific one is not that unknown but less than the big ones mentioned before. It is an open-source lightweight text editor written in lua.

It is aimed to be minimalistic and works fast and as intended. Its easy to modify and extend.


Main Features:

  1. Its lightweight
  2. Open Source
  3. It is very fast
  4. Easily extendable and modifiable
  5. Easy customisation.
  6. Written in Lua
  7. Available for : Windows and LInux
  8. Price: Free

It is there on its Github page.


By: rxi

Crimson Editor


Crimson Editor is an old one here. Its an open source professional source code editor for Windows. Its latest update was in May 14, 2008 (according to the site).

It can serve as a good replacement for notepad but it also has some powerful features for different programming languages (above 100) such as java, perl, html etc.

It has almost all features a code editor needs nowadays as its basics along with a few others too. Like macro support, ftp etc.



  1. Old School.
  2. Open Source.
  3. Lightweight (can be copied on floppies too, nobody still uses them though)
  4. Being old still has a lot of features.
  5. Fast.
  6. Syntax highlighting.
  7. Supported by a community called the Emerald Editor
  8. Available for Windows.
  9. Price: Free

Download Home Page

Howl :

Howl is a general purpose editor that aims to be both lightweight and fully customizable. It is built on top of the very fast LuaJIT runtime, and can be extended in either Lua or Moonscript. It has a keyboard-centric UI that's as minimalistic as they can get.

Howl is made mostly for Linux, OpenBSD and other Unix-like or Unix-based Operating systems. It said that its possible to get howl for other OS but I thought not to rather do that. And did I say its open source???




  1. Open Source
  2. Lightweight
  3. Good for programmers
  4. Keyboard-centric like vim and emacs
  5. Minimalistic
  6. Customizable
  7. Available for Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD and porting for other os is possible.
  8. Price: Free


Smultron :


Since we had text editors exclusive to each mainstream OS, now is the time for MacOS.

Smultron is a powerful text editor for MacOS. Its elegant and simplistic. "It is the text editor for all."

You can use Smultron to write everything from a web page, a script, a to do list, a novel to a whole app.

Smultron is designed for both beginners and experts.



  1. Easy to Use
  2. Powerful
  3. Simplistic
  4. Can be used for many different purposes.
  5. Beautiful
  6. Available for MacOS
  7. Price: Freemium (has a free as well as a paid version)

Home Page

Arachnophilia :

Arachnophilia is a web page development workshop and general programming tool. Its a free Careware that the hermit programmer, Paul Lutus, has made.

It is written in java so that all other OS can use it. It was originally intended for windows but the dev added a jar file which can run on any os that can have jvm. (You have to have jvm setup and running before running it on other os other than windows because there is an exe for them.)

Arachnophilia gives you full control over your editor in everything as everything is made out of a macro which can be changed and remembered.

image.png The name comes from the love of spiders which tells about its web development work.



  1. Great Web Development tool.
  2. Good for general programming.
  3. Platform-independent
  4. Written in java
  5. Its a careware
  6. Highly customizable
  7. Is not bloatware and runs quite fast
  8. Available for All operating systems that can run java
  9. Price: Free


So that's it. Those are the 5 lesser known editors. If you already knew any of these and they are actually quite famous then I am very very sorry. I did my research wrong. But I guess they are not as known as the big editors are (mentioned above).

So anyways,

Cheers. Bye.

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