HTML5 WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) is all the rage now! But there is now so many of them around it’s hard to find the best ones. In today’s post we are going to present you what we think 10 of the very best jQuery and HTML5 WYSIWYG plugins just to save your time finding your plugin. Enjoy!

1. Redactor

It is the most fantastic yet beautiful and easy-to-use WYSIWYG editor on jQuery. It is lightning fast, small, scalable, and powerful.


Source + Demo

2. wysihtml5

Is an open source rich text editor based on HTML5 technology and the progressive-enhancement approach. It uses a sophisticated security concept and aims to generate fully valid HTML5 markup by preventing unmaintainable tag soups and inline styles.


Source + Demo

3. Mercury Editor

Mercury is a full featured HTML5 editor. It was built from the ground up to help your team get the most out of content editing in modern browsers.

Mercury Editor

Source + Demo

4. TinyEditor

It is a simple JavaScript WYSIWYG editor that is both lightweight (8KB) and standalone. It can easily be customized to integrate with any website through CSS and the multitude of parameters.



5. elRTE

Is an open-source WYSIWYG HTML-editor written in JavaScript using jQuery UI. It features rich text editing, options for changing its appearance, style and many more. You can use it in any commercial or non-commercial projects.



6. Aloha Editor – HTML5 WYSIWYG Editor

Lets you experience a whole new way of editing. It’s faster than existing technologies and offers unprecedented WYSIWYG functionalities.

Aloha Editor

Source + Demo

7. CLEditor

It is an open source jQuery plugin which provides a lightweight, full featured, cross browser, extensible, WYSIWYG HTML editor that can be easily added into any web site.


Source + Demo

8. bootstrap-wysihtml5

Is a JavaScript plugin that makes it easy to create simple, beautiful wysiwyg editors with the help of wysihtml5 and Twitter Bootstrap.


Source + Demo

9. jQrte

A wysiwyg editor. Distributed under the terms of the MIT license. Free of charge for both personal and commercial use.


Source + Demo

10. Maqetta

Is an open source project that provides WYSIWYG visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces. The Maqetta application itself is authored in HTML, and therefore runs in the browser without requiring additional plugins or downloads.



Sam Deering is a Front-end Web Developer who specialises in JavaScript & jQuery. Sam is driven and passionate about sharing his knowledge to educate others.

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  • Yair Even Or

    great and important content!

  • Slarti Bartfast

    Which ones work under Android browsers?

  • Bunko

    Great article! Which ones have image upload? Not insert URL image…

    • adwil

      Redactor has file upload and also server files browser

      • selmand

        it didnot work ie 10 :(
        i try all of them didnot work nothing ie 10 completely

  • Dawid

    Excellent Article. thanks a lot

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  • thoro

    CKEditor don’t support HTML5?

  • C-RaL

    Redactor number one :)

    • Eric Harms

      Nice looking – extremely buggy.

  • Paulo Felipe Kanno Vieira

    Thank you guy. Helps me a lot!!!

  • Krishna

    LineControl allows you to add a beautiful, responsive and fast online Text Editor to your web application/site. LineControl is designed to work with Twitter Bootstrap and as a Jquery Plugin.

  • Acauã Montiel

    Why CKEditor and TinyMCE are not on this list?

  • wysiwyg.js

    One more editor:

  • Denis

    Thanks for Redactor. It’s great

  • TakeTheBlack

    Check the link for TinyEditor

  • Vahid Alimohamadi

    Is there any HTML5 wysiwyg editor which can show print layout like MS-WORD ?

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