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Top 20 CSS Editors for Linux!

December 28th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

For CSS editing, you basically need a text editor that’ll perform syntax highlighting for a cleaner and more organized look. By default on Linux, there aren’t that many editors that are CSS friendly but we’ve dug around and compiled a good list of ’em.

In this article, I have listed 20  great CSS editors available for Linux.

  1. Cream / Vim – Cream is a version of Vim that makes Vim easy to use. It nicely highlights CSS syntax, HTML. It is also rovides a simpler route to learning vim the easy way.
  2. Quanta+ – a highly stable and feature rich web development environment. The vision with Quanta has always been to start with the best architectural foundations, design for efficient and natural use and enable maximal user extensibility. Excellent editor for CSS and HTML.
  3. CSSED – a small developer editor and validator, that tries to ease the CSS editing. It is an Open Source project, it means that you can download the program but also its source. It features syntax highlighting, syntax validation, MDI notebook based interface, quick CSS properties and values insertion, auto-completion and dialog-based insertion of CSS complex values.
  4. Gedit – The official text editor for GNOME. A simple and efficient editor for CSS/HTML editing, and does syntax highlighting.
  5. SciTE – Runs on Windows as well. Also another great editor for development such as CSS.
  6. jEdit – jEdit is a mature programmer’s text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it. Written in Java, works on Windows, Mac OS and others. Another great editor for CSS and other languages.
  7. BlueFish – Has many great features. Supports editing of PHP, Javascript, HTML, CSS and so many others.
  8. Screem – a web development environment. It’s purpose is to increase productivity when constructing a site, by providing quick access to commonly used features. While it is written for use with the GNOME desktop environment in mind it does not specifically require you to be running it, just have the libraries installed.
  9. Kate – Another web development editor on KDE. Supports most languages.
  10. Nvu – A complete Web Authoring System for Linux desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver.
  11. CSS Briefcase – a little program that helps you organize your CSS styles and store them for use in future projects. Just add CSS style code you tend to use in several projects, and from then on, adding the code into new projects is as easy as selecting the styles you want and clicking a button.
  12. Redbox13 – Web-based application that helps create any type of file in your native language. It helps categorize your CSS elements, compress CSS files, and remove useless white space. It has an independent function library that you can use to parse CSS files to three-dimensional PHP arrays. It can be used to identify and remember color codes. It offers a solution to browser incompatibility problems.
  13. jsCSSEditor – a Cascading Stylesheet (CSS) editor (WYSIWYG/Context) written in JavaScript and PHP.
  14. CSSmerge – Not exactly an editor but it can be very useful. It extracts selected blocks of CSS from one or more input stylesheets, and merges them into a single coherent output stylesheet, with optional comments on where they came from, and warnings about conflicting styles.
  15. DHTML Windowing Toolkit – a cross-browser JavaScript/CSS library for the creation of inline DHTML windows to contain content. These windows can be opened, closed, moved, and resized much like native windows.
  16. Bash Blogger – a shell script that generates CSS styled XHTML 1.1 static Web pages.
  17. Eclipse WTP – THE Open Source IDE, the Web Tools Project extends support for many markup languages, JavaScript and CSS.
  18. Emacs CSS Mode – a simple Emacs mode for editing CSS style sheets. It adds font-locking and some basic auto-indentation support to Emacs. It works with Emacs 19.34, but should also work with both older and newer versions as well as XEmacs.
  19. Nedit – a multi-purpose text editor for the X Window System, which combines a standard, easy to use, graphical user interface with the thorough functionality and stability required by users who edit text eight hours a day.
  20. <oXygen/> CSS Editor – allows you to edit and validate the CSS files. Different CSS profiles are supported like CSS2, CSS3, etc. and different media types like Braille or screen for instance. You can also choose the verbosity level of the validation warnings. The content completion provides property values associated with the property name. All the property names are annotated with descriptions from the CSS specification.
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