Top 3 free coding editors

Are you looking for a good coding editor that would be easy to use and free?

Below I will show you a list of 3 top coding editors that I consider to be the best for free.


NetBeans Logo
NetBeans Logo

Quickly and easily develop desktop, mobile and web applications
with Java, JavaScript, HTML5, PHP, C/C++ and more.

NetBeans IDE is free, open source, and is moving to Apache!

This is one of my favorite free coding editors. It’s easy enough to use and has lots of great functionalities. I used it for web development so HTML, CSS, PHP, JAVASCRIPT, ANGULARJS and it’s done the job perfectly. It also has great support for VCS. See this list of versioning systems you can use with Netbeans.


Atom Logo
Atom Logo

A hackable text editor for the 21st Century

Created by GitHub, this open source code editor seems to become one of the favorites for lots of programmers. It’s super easy to use, extremely customizable and smart. It gets updated frequently and is also cross-platform, meaning that you can use it on Windows, Macs and Linux systems as well. It has lots of functionalities and it feels like a premium code editor.

Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code Logo
Visual Studio Code Logo

Code editing.Redefined. Free. Open source. Runs everywhere.

This editor is growing at a super rapid pace. If you do not want to pay for licenses for coding software then this could become your primary tool for development. It’s cross-platform, open source and the fact that it’s developed by Microsoft make it even more reliable. It’s got all the smart things inside, it’s customizable and easy to use. I’ve used it for front-end work mostly, Angular, JavaScript and it works perfectly.

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In conclusion, I feel like there are so many great free tools for developing that it really doesn’t make sense to pay for one with a license, especially when you are just starting out and learning how to code. A few other code editors that I have used over the years and are honorable to mention: Notepad++, SublimeText, BracketsEclipse. Remember that they are all more or less offering the same things and features. Just choose the one that feels right for you.

The quality of your code is determined by you, not your IDE.

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