6 Top Free CSS, Scripting Code Editors for Web Designers

The web is a wonderful place, filled with tons of cool open-source, freeware site building and editing tools that allow anyone with a passion for web design, to get their hands on and start using straightaway. Whether you’re looking for a free photo editing tool, or a free full blown code editor tool for your next big project, you can find most of them on the web relatively easy either using Google search or YouTube.

Below you will find 6 top CSS and scripting code editors that we’ve compiled together, saving you time searching for them yourselves; I’m sure you will probably have come across one or two of these before, but if not even better, so why not try them out? I’m sure at least one of them will come to use for your next web project, so enjoy.

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Aptana Studio

Aptana is the most powerful open-source web development IDE available on the web, able to deal with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and Ruby effortlessly. Use it to build web applications quickly and easily.


Bluefish is a feature packed and powerful code editing tool designed to target programmers and web designers alike, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming codes in many languages.

HTML-Kit 292

HTML-Kit 292 is a fun and free to download and use code editing application. The free version is especially useful if you’re starting out or studying web design.

Komodo Edit

Komodo Edit is a free open-source multi language code editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. Komodo Edit is a watered-down version of its big brother Komodo IDE (Premium version). It is a powerful edit for PHP, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Tcl, XML, HTML5 and CSS3.

NetBeans IDE

NetBeans IDE 7.0.1 is the latest version now with JDK7 support (Java). You can develop desktop, mobile and web applications with Java, PHP, C/C++ and more. NetBeans IDE is an open-source, free editor that runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris.


Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License…

If you’re into the business of web designing and know of a few other great tools you think should be added to this list then why not add them in the comment section below?

Image courtesy of Flickr user: Ceslava

  • http://www.host.co.in/reseller-web-hosting.php Ajay

    Its true that Internet is full of many free tools but Fabrizio has done fantastic job by picking these precious ones and sharing them with all of us.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      You’re welcome, hope they will come useful for the future too. Thanks again for stopping by the blog :)

  • http://www.philippinewebservices.com/tag/philwebservices/ Phil

    I agree with you, I’ve been using Notepad++ and HTML-Kit 292 for a couple of years now and I want to try the rest of it.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hi Phil, thanks for your comment. I’ve used Notepad++ before as well it’s really simple to use which makes it my top 6.

  • http://www.skygatemedia.com/ Tom

    Thanks for writing such a good post. I do came from web design and web development field including 3D modeling and love to read fresh posts on this topics. Thanks for writing such a valuable and informative post. I am now your regular subscriber

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Great to hear, you’re welcome gald you’ve found the recommendations useful!

  • Jessie

    Hi…My friend is a web designer and I think she really needs this…Thanks a lot and I am lucky I have found this post…

  • Sherrie

    I have to check this out then…I am really glad that when I browse some sites, I have found this one…Thanks!!

  • Frank

    This is very good information and I would definitely recommend some of these to people who are new in the web design world. I had never heard of some of them but later I checked them out then I found out they were fabulous.