Sublime Text vs. Atom vs. Brackets

Sublime Text vs Atom vs Brackets: What are the differences?

Sublime, Atom, and Brackets are all general purpose text editors. They are suited to web development, with features beyond those available in basic text applications like NotePad. But they are not as complex or specialized as most IDEs. All three are cross-platform and support a variety of languages.

Sublime Text is a commercial product that isn’t free to use, while both Atom and Brackets are free and open source.

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What is Sublime Text?

Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses. Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform.

What is Atom?

At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.

What is Brackets?

With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, Brackets is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser. Try Creative Cloud Extract (preview) for Brackets for an easy way to get clean, minimal CSS straight from a PSD with no generated code.
Why do developers choose Sublime Text?
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Why do developers choose Atom?
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Why do developers choose Brackets?
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Why do developers choose Sublime Text vs Atom vs Brackets?

  • Fans of Sublime Text call it lightweight and superfast. They appreciate its many plugins and nice UI, and note that while it is a paid service, the trial is unlimited.\
  • Atom users love that it’s free and open source. They appreciate its modular, hackable design and the fact that it’s backed by GitHub (and offers GitHub integration).
  • Brackets is also open source, lightweight, and “extremely customizable.” Users appreciate its free plugins and themes and its beautiful UI.
What companies use Sublime Text?
1784 companies on StackShare use Sublime Text
What companies use Atom?
1061 companies on StackShare use Atom
What companies use Brackets?
52 companies on StackShare use Brackets
What tools integrate with Sublime Text?
7 tools on StackShare integrate with Sublime Text
What tools integrate with Atom?
13 tools on StackShare integrate with Atom
What tools integrate with Brackets?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with Brackets

What are some alternatives to Sublime Text, Atom, and Brackets?

  • Visual Studio Code - Build and debug modern web and cloud applications, by Microsoft
  • Vim - Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing
  • Notepad++ - Free source code editor and Notepad replacement
  • Emacs - The extensible self-documenting text editor.

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