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Favorite Tools: Our Top 10 CSS Text Editors

When it comes to coding, a good code editor is a must-have tool for most developers. Since CSS is highly popular among web developers, CSS text editors are available in plentiful and you can pick the one that best suits your needs.

In this article, I will be enlisting some of the best CSS text editors that you can choose from.

1. Stylizer

Stylizer is a CSS text editor that comes with live preview in multiple web browsers as well as realtime editing of code.


It supports both Windows and Mac platforms, and is available free of charge for 14 days and then it is $79 for a full license.

2. TopStyle 5

TopStyle 5 is a CSS and HTML5 editor that comes with multiple features. It supports several browsers, lets you preview your code as you type it, and also offers version history and auto editing features.


TopStyle 5 costs $79.95 for one license, or you can try the limited features demo version free of cost. Currently, TopStyle 5 works only on Windows.

3. Editr.js

Editr.js is not really a CSS text editor per se, but it can serve the purpose well. Essentially, instead of running locally on your computer, Editr.js runs on your server, and lets you host your HTML, CSS and JavaScript demos on your server itself.


Editr.js also has a WordPress plugin for easier integration with WordPress, and can be downloaded via GitHub free of cost. Note that since Editr.js relies on JavaScript parsing, certain preprocessors such as SASS will not be supported by it as of now.

4. Espresso

Espresso boasts of an intuitive interface and features for effortless coding. In fact, it is a powerful code editor that supports multiple languages, such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and PHP, alongside Ruby, Python and even Markdown. For CSS coders, Espresso offers CSSEdit 3 built-in.


Espresso is available only for Mac users, and costs $75 for a single license. You can try the limited time-period demo before purchasing.

5. Rapid CSS

Rapid CSS is a code editor with features such as syntax highlight, instant preview, CSS code checker and inspector, etc. It also supports direct FTP and SFTP upload to your web server.


Rapid CSS costs $29.95 for a single licence, and also offers a free trial. It is available only for Windows users.

6. Simple CSS

Simple CSS lives true to its name — it is a simple and no-nonsense CSS text editor that lets you take control of your code. If you are looking for sophisticated features and support for multiple languages, Simple CSS is not meant for you. Instead, if you are looking for a code editor that simply lets you create, manage, import and export your CSS projects, Simple CSS is the way to go.


Simple CSS is available free of charge, and runs on both Windows and Mac platforms.

7. Coda 2

Coda 2 is more of a coding application and less of a slim editor. It provides you with live previews of code, and supports CSS well. That said, if you need more features, say remote FTP uploads, additional color options, support for Foundation framework by ZURB, you can extend the functionality of Coda 2 by means of plugins.


Coda 2 runs only on Mac and costs $99 for a single user license.

8. Style Master

Style Master is a simple CSS editor with a WYSIWYG experience. It features live previews, FTP support and lets you work with PHP, ASP.NET, Ruby and other dynamic sites.


Style Master supports both Windows and Mac machines, and is available for $59.99 for a single license. You can try the 30-day demo before purchasing.

9. EngInSite CSS Editor

EngInSite CSS Editor comes with instant code previews, syntax validator as well as auto-complete tools for CSS editing. It is a very lightweight editor, and you can run it on any machine — even Windows 98. It is probably not the most feature-rich editor out there, but if you are looking for a low cholesterol code editor, EngInSite CSS Editor might be of use for you.


EngInSite CSS Editor is available free of cost and runs on Windows.

10. Firebug by Firefox (with CSS Usage)

Firebug is a browser extension that works only with Mozilla Firefox. It gives you a wealth of developer-friendly resources, and lets you inspect, edit, debug or monitor code live on the page. You can use it to tweak and modify CSS metrics.


When using Firebug for CSS editing, I personally prefer adding the CSS Usage addon, that allows you to scan multiple pages of your site to see which CSS rules are actually being used. You can also try the Web Developer addon that, among other things, lets you disable certain CSS stylesheets during development, and enable them later on.

Firebug is available free of cost, though you are going to need Firefox web browser to use it.

That brings us to the end of this roundup. Which CSS text editor do you use? Know any that I missed? Share it with us in the comments below!

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