Which free code editor is the best for programming?

My name is Tammy Gombez, I am a student, and I want to learn coding. Recently, I purchased a monitors 4k for my programming language. I want to learn CSS, HTML, Python, PHP, and many more other languages, but now I am very confused about which free code editor is the best for programming or which one can support all these programming languages.

Please, anyone, suggest me some free code editors. It will be a big help for me!

Thanks in advance!

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I guess Google didn’t come up with any suggestions. :roll_eyes:

Have you looked at VS Code?

As for which one is “best”, since you’re looking at free options you can download any number and decide for yourself which one you get on with best.


VS code seems popular as mentioned above.

I’ve used brackets which is quite good and they even have an in browser editor called phoenix now although I haven’t tried it.

For demos and simple programs I tend just to use codepen which is free for the basic version.

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I also have VS Code, though I rarely use it. I use CodePen a lot. VS Code has a browser preview to show you how your coding will look like as you work on it. It also shows errors if you have any.

Hello this is Gulshan Negi
Hello Tammy, there are many free code editors available, and the best one for you will depend on your personal preferences, as well as the programming languages you want to learn.
Here are a few popular options that support multiple languages:

  1. Visual Studio Code: It is a popular programming editor that supports a wide range of programming languages and offers a plethora of features, such as code completion and debugging.
  2. Atom - An exceptionally adjustable supervisor based on the Electron structure, which upholds many programming dialects and has an enormous local area, adding to its many bundles and modules.
  3. Notepad++ - A straightforward yet strong supervisor with help for the vast majority of programming dialects, including Python, HTML, and CSS.
    At last, the best code supervisor for you will depend on your own inclinations and the particular programming dialects you need to learn. I’d recommend giving a few different editors a try to find the one you’re most comfortable with. Well, in my recent research, I also found this post where the author listed an article on these editors with complete details, which can help you a lot.

Hi Tammy Gombez, glad to hear that you want to learn coding! As a developer, I personally use number of code editors like Notepade++, atom, etc.

However there are many options available in the market, some of them are mentioned below:

  1. Visual Studio Code: This is a popular code editor that supports a wide range of programming languages, including HTML, CSS, Python, PHP, and many more.
  2. Atom: Another free and open-source code editor that supports many programming languages.
  3. Sublime Text: This is also best for coding and it is easy to use and has many features, such as multiple selections and split editing.
  4. Notepad++: Notepad++, my favorite, is a popular code editor for Windows that supports many programming languages. It is fast, lightweight, and has many useful features, such as syntax highlighting and auto-completion.
  5. Brackets: Brackets is a free and open-source code editor that is specifically designed for web development.

Good luck with your coding journey!


I recommend Eclipse. It is used by many professionals.

Just a note on Atom: it’s basically dead now, so don’t bother. VS Code seems to be to go-to option these days. (I find its interface a bit messy, though, so I actually forked out a bit of money for a Mac-only editor called Nova.)

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I Wonder that no one mentioned IntelliJi so far. For me the best choice

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Yes. Unfortunately there is not one editor that is best for everything. Microsoft people like Visual Studio but Visual Studio does not do Java. In case you do not know this already, Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code are not the same, they are very different.

I am not familiar with most of what is available; I have been using Visual Studio from the beginning of it and the Microsoft IDEs before it. I assume all the IDEs described here have a good code editor and a way to build (compile and such) programs. They are called Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) because they do and they also offer other tools for development. Such as debugging. Another convenience is the ability to understand the code you are developing and provide instant feedback about syntax errors. Something else is an ability to tell you everywhere something is used, which I think is difficult to do for PHP.

I like Sublime Text editor
is a code editor that supports many programming languages and has additional plugins that extend functionality.

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