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Textastic Code Editor 6

By Alexander Blach

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Textastic is a fast and versatile text, code and markup editor. It supports syntax highlighting of more than 80 programming and markup languages. Connect to FTP, SFTP and WebDAV servers or to your Dropbox or Google Drive account. Use the built-in WebDAV server to easily transfer files from your Mac or PC over Wi-Fi.

• Textastic is now a single universal app that works on both iPad and iPhone
• Split View and Slide Over multitasking on iPad
• Full iPad Pro support
• Google Drive remote connections
• Local preview now uses a real web server and allows you to open the preview in Safari. Preview now uses WKWebView instead of UIWebView for better performance.
• Discoverable keyboard shortcuts (press and hold the Command key on an external keyboard)
• 3D Touch Quick Actions let you access most recently used files and create a new file
• Git repositories in Working Copy can now be opened as external folders
• Emmet support
• JavaScript console

• Syntax highlighting of more than 80 languages:
HTML, JavaScript, CSS, XML, Markdown, Objective-C, Swift, C++, PHP, Perl, Python, SQL, shell scripts and many more (full list available on the website)
• Compatible with TextMate syntax definitions and themes
• Code completion for HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP functions
• FTP, FTPS (FTP over SSL), SFTP (SSH connection), WebDAV, Dropbox and Google Drive clients
• iCloud
• WebDAV server
• Symbol list to quickly navigate in a file
• Full external keyboard support
• Displays additional keys over the virtual keyboard to make it easy to type characters often used for programming
• Cursor navigation wheel for easy text selection
• Easily move the cursor using swipe gestures
• Supports most encodings like UTF-8, ISO-8859-1, CP 1251 or MacRoman
• Supports different tab widths and soft tabs (spaces instead of tabs)
• Customizable font and font sizes
• Find & Replace (including regular expression search)
• File information like character count and word count
• Send files by email
• Local and remote web preview for HTML and Markdown files
• Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion

Textastic supports several ways to import your files:
• Connect to (S)FTP and WebDAV servers or Dropbox
• By using "Open In" in other apps
• Over Wi-Fi with the built-in WebDAV server

Don't hesitate to tell me the features you want to see in the next version!

What's New in Version 6.3

• Added Emmet support: you can now expand Emmet abbreviations using the Tab key or using these shortcuts on an external keyboard: "Expand Emmet Abbreviation" (Ctrl-E) and "Wrap With Emmet Abbreviation" (Ctrl-A).

For example, in an HTML file, enter "ul>li*5", hit Tab, and the abbreviation will be expanded to a "ul" tag containing five "li" tags. You can then use the Tab key to jump between insertion points. You can find more information about Emmet at

You can disable Emmet Tab expansion in Textastic's settings.

• Added a JavaScript console. When previewing HTML files, it can show errors in your JavaScript code and allows you to log custom messages using the JavaScript Console object (for example by calling the console.log() method).

• You can now use the Tab key to accept code completion suggestions in addition to the Return key.

• On iPad it was not possible to update TextExpander snippets.
• Fixed password lock screen issues on devices running iOS 10.
• Loading a custom syntax definition from the #Textastic folder could result in a crash if the language grammar was not a valid property list dictionary.

If you like Textastic, it would be amazing if you could leave a positive rating or review on the App Store!


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Customer Reviews

Decent Text Editor, Needs Work on Dropbox Integration

Textastic is a reasonably good text editor which I use for marking up HTML pages. The options for importing files into the app need much further work before I can give this app a higher rating. My efforts to get the app to work with Dropbox have been an abject failure, limiting the usefulness of this app considerably. I prefer to do as much work as I possibly can on my iPads, but I'm finding that I have to fire up one of my Windoze devices and launch a *real* HTML editor like Dreamweaver if I need to work on web pages, greatly lessening the usefulness of this app. Insofar as web page editing goes, it's useful only for minor edits to a page.

Not bad, could use some improvements

I really like it much more than Koder, Coda, and everything else that I've tried so far. However, it is missing some things that are essential to me. The biggest is the implementation of keyboard shortcuts. "CMD + L" to jump to a line # or "CMD + Shift + o" to open a different file in the same workspace. These are essential to me, especially since there is no mouse to use to quickly move to various areas of the file being edited. If these changes are included I'll update my review accordingly. Bonus points if the shortcuts can be customized in the settings menu.

Great coding editor!

I've been using Textastic as recreational coding tool to write algorithms for HackerRank problems. I have used in my iPhone, my iPad and my MacBook. It works pretty well. I love the iCloud integration that allows me to work on the same files in all my devices. The editor is beautiful and I use similar themes to the ones I'm used to in my desktop editor like SublimeText and IntelliJ. The edition keyboard is awesome.

I'm very satisfied with Textastic, but it can still be better. I would suggest adding Git support, syntax completion, and a parentheses marcher feature.

Textastic Code Editor 6
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $9.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 6.3
  • Size: 23.5 MB
  • Languages: English, German
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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