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Favorite Code Editors

What editor to use is a frequent question from users who are just getting started with REBOL. We asked other developers what editors they prefer.

Some of the favorite REBOL-capable editors were:

Here's the full list (from a few years ago):

From Message

Carl Sassenrath

Although I use a variety of editors (depending on operating system), I've never found the perfect editor. I write most of my code in Premia CodeWright (an Emacs-variant that was nicely adapted to Windows). I slapped together a REBOL syntax coloring module several years ago and have found it to be quite useful.

Carl Sassenrath

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CodeWright info can be found here. (I'm still back on version 5 however.)


I use Vim in Linux and Notepad in Windows. I like the editor's simplicity so that I can just focus on the coding

Hallvard Ystad

I use TextPad on my windows machine. It is very simple, yet very powerful when you learn to take advantage of the more advanced features. Pricing is affordable, US$27 for a single user licence.

I once made a rebol syntax highlighting file for textpad, which you'll find here, and Paddy itself is downloadable from here.

Have fun.

Much fun.



I'am using the Rebol editor from the View/Desktop or Notepad with Windows.
Under Linux, I use VI or the Midnight Commander Editor.

Jason Cunliffe

NoteTab Pro is wonderful editor family I used happily for many years. It has some unique and powerful features.

Then, about a year ago I switched to UltraEdit32. A superb programmers tool with a Rebol color syntax highlight file for it. I especially like it for its built-in FTP. Very good to edit Rebol cgi scripts on remote web server. I use it for all my Vanilla/Rebol work too.

But I recently needed Unicode and discovered an amazing super fast, small, modular, extendible Japanese editor called 'EmEditor'. Very Very easy to fall in love with this one... Reminds me a bit of famous CynusEd I used to us on the Amiga.

Also I highly recommend Edward Ream's brilliant Literate Outloin Editor: LEO. Written in Python Leo is designed for an open range of languages and uses. It was simple to extend it for Rebol. A fascinating and unique developement tool designed for large projects and complex design, planning and outlining tasks. Leo grows weekly :-) One to explore and keep an eye on. Edward Ream is a very experienced programmer. One of the joys of Leo is that Ed Ream writes so well, constantly documenting his ideas, process and responses to users feedback. The Leo project is an extraordinary shared learning environment for this aspect alone. But Leo itself is full of innovative potential and overlaps with REBOL in subtle and inspiring ways.


Jason Cunliffe


Bruno G. Albuquerque

Under BeOS there are lots of options, including most of what you find under Linux, for instance, like vi, vim, emacs and so on. I do prefer to use PE as I came up with a Rebol syntax module for it.

PE can be found here.

Another good option, specially if you're using Rebol and HTML at the same time, is Insite Constructor. It comes with a "syntax editor" so it is really easy to addd the Rebol syntax.

Jean Holzammer

I prefer GoldEd, the most powerful editor I have seen so far. You can define your own datatypes, each with its own configuration (menus, toolbars, parsers,shortcuts...). You can automate tasks or interact with other applications using a scripting language (ARexx or Distributed Bascic). Uses grammar (!) based syntax highlighting. Currently someone is working on a syntax parser for rebol. Demo (only limitation: maximal 1000 lines) can be found here. Registration fee is 60 EUR.
Runs on AmigaOS and MorphOS; also works fine on UAE, so it can be used on other platforms ,too.

LOK Yek Soon

I use vim on windows and Linux.




I use the VIM editor under Linux,
( with the syntax coloring of Rebol :)


I too use CodeWright most of the time.
It would be nice to use CodeWright as the editor from the View/Desktop. Also the Rebol support Carl talked about would be interesting to have.

Philippe Oehler

I use EditPlus on Windows. It is very powerful (a lots of functions), reliable, and doesn't use a lot of ressources. I tried other editor and i really think it's the best for windows.

On the site you can find two rebol user files (autocompletion and color syntaxing) for Rebol.

Paul Tretter

I use Textpad with REBOL syntax file for highlighting. I like Textpad alot and it has alot of features. It integrates nicely into Windows Explorer, so I can quickly edit any of my dispersed files.

Lennart Fridén

TextPad under Windows, TurboText under AmigaOS.

Steven White

EDIT on Windows and VIM on GNU/Linux and AIX. I have the editor running in one window and the REBOL console in another and flip between the two, coding and testing, coding and testing. I don't use REBOL much so this is good enough (it's hard to imagine anything faster, really).


I use Kedit. Mansfield Software Group's


VIM (Vi Improved) on all platforms (but mainly GNU/Linux and Win32).



I use Scite from

Enough Rope to Shoot Myself in the Foot

Textpad is all I need on Windows. Emacs everywhere else.


EditPlus for Windows. There's nothing specific that makes it REBOL-oriented, but it's a good all around editor. Setting up new syntax files is much easier than with the other similarly priced editors I've tried, like UltraEdit.


(1) ConTEXT, its free and easy !

(2) VIM


I generally use CREDIT under Windows.

It's free, it's small, it works, it almost never falls over, and it has a Rebol syntax highlighter file.

Boleslav Brezovsky

I use Crimson Editor mainly, it's freeware and someone wrote REBOL color parser (sorry, don't remeber link).

And yes, GoldEd is the greatest text editor ever. Try it on AmigaOS or under UAE


code-genie - "knows" how to highlight words with question marks and "-".
Fast and powerfull.
Now shareware - 20$.

Ammon Johnson

I have been using jEdit ( It is a very nice editor and the latest version has REBOL syntax highlighting, but it is missing a few words. The reason that I use jEdit though is because it has what they call Indent Folding. It takes the lines of text(code) that are consecutively indented and hides them like:

test: func [] [

; test function

print 'test


Would look like:

test: func [] [


Very nice for navigating. ;-)

I am now moving more and more towards RIDE though and using my own editor more often so it shouldn't be too long before you too can write REBOL in REBOL effectively and efficiently.

Oops, used up a lot of space there, sorry. ;-0

Joel Neely

I use Vim on
on all of the various platforms which I
control myself -- w95, w2k, Mac OS X, Linux,
Solaris -- and use vi on the remaining ones
which are admin'ed by other folks (various

As I routinely move across multiple platforms
(multiple times per day), I value tools that let
me do the same things consistently (such as
REBOL, of course!) Vim is a superset of vi, and
the graphical version, gVim, provides the kinds
of mouse-and-menu features that some folks prefer
to pure keyboard-driven operation. Vim comes
"out of the box" (OK, out of the compressed
download file) with syntax coloring for a large
number of languages, including REBOL.

Arnaud Danassié aka "bigdan"

Under AmigaOS 3.x (and Amithlon or WinUAE, i use the excellent CygnusED 4.20 since years (no coloring syntax but lot of useful things like ARexx scripts ;-)

Under Windows, i use CygnusED (WinUAE) or SuperBlocNotes (french for SuperNotePad) a great small and powerful notepad...

Under Linux, Vi or CygnusED (Amithlon).

Soon under MorphOS on Pegasos G3 or G4 models i will use CygnusED 4.21 (thanks a lot Olaf Barthel !)

Arnaud Danassié aka "bigdan"

Sorry i forgot the link for SuperBlocNotes (french freeware notepad for W!nd0w$ xx)..

SuperBlocNotes v2.12


Arnaud aka bigdan

Andrew Martin

I use metapad on Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Metapad is free, easy to use, small, fast, and there's a button that can be used to launch Rebol to run the script that I'm working on. It hasn't got syntax colouring, but then I don't like syntax colouring. I prefer using white space and case changes to signal to the what's important and what isn't.

EMACS Whippersnapper

EMACS, that age-old programmer's sidekick, does a great job with REBOL. EMACS runs on as many platforms as REBOL. The REBOL mode (rebol.el) rocks and has been around for several years. The REBOL Tech guys keep the source to it here.


NoteTab is a nice replacement for Windows NotePad and it can be found at They have a freeware version and pro version.


Well, I'm almost completely in Windows. If I'm just messing around, I use Notepad. If I am doing a little more, I like to use NoteTab. It's got a freeware version, a rather cheap ($20) Pro version and a cheaper Standard version. Syntax highlighting really doesn't work for REBOL, but they're working on programmable syntax highlighting for the next version. Clips and libraries and all sorts of yummy goodness.

If I'm in CygWin, I use nano.

If I'm on my webhost's RedHat system, I use pico.

I know, lots of people will scoff at those. But they're easy enough to learn and use. Vi(m) drive me nuts, in general, and emacs is too oldschool. I can't figure out how to even exit it without a hard break, unless codes have been written down ahead of time. Though I enjoyed xEmacs well enough, what with pulldown menus and split-screen operation with editor and interpreter.

Petr Krenzelok

no color hilighting. In DOS times,we used MultiEdit, but as for Windows, I haven't bothered yet to find editor, which does not install. Copy and run, that is that :-)

Stating that - I use simple Window NotePad in conjunction with Window Commander (Total Commander) file manager ...

PS: I will wait till Rebol features color text hilighting and someone produces native rebol editor :-)

maarten koopmans

I use Vim on all platforms, gvim (the graphical version) where possible. See Joe Neely.

Olivier Auverlot

I use WISP on MacOS X.

Rene Schrader-Boelsche

I use emacs and vim.
Vim for reading and emacs for editing.

FAU Jerome

I use ConText editor. Nice, Simple, Powerfull and freeware :-)

Chris RG

I use Notespad, only by virtue of being an improvement over Notepad. The MDI and (adjustable) automatic indenting are the features that keep me using it. Freeware. No syntax highlighting.

painter 27

Quick Editor on windows. Free, fast (written in masm), no registry stuff and extensible. No syntax hilighting (feed the file to pretty-print.r).

Tim Sporcic

UltraEdit : If you're on Win32, I haven't found anything better.


There is an EditPlus syntax file here:

and a (very small) page of free editors:
Free Editors

Lance Edusei

Develop Rebol exclusively on Linux at the moment
(and eventually on the new Amiga I hope (dv)).

Editor of choice: Vim

Similar development style to
Steven White (above), 1 Reb window and 1 Editing window open and I flip between the two; fast and efficient IMHO.

Many thanks to Mike Williams for writing the excellent syntax highlighting file for Rebol Vim.

Allen K

EditPad Classic. I use it as my Notepad replacement. Basically just a multi document Notepad. No text colour hightlighting, shows document size and has great find and replace.


NoteTab for Windows. Emacs for everything else.

François Jouen

I use RebPad 2.2 a program I've developed with rebol and that i can use under Linux, Win and Beos. This program allows to execute any rebol code without leaving the editor.

Phil Bevan

I use textpad for Windoze(98).
Its flexible enough to meet all my Rebol editing needs.

Robert M. Münch

I use CodeWright too. Especially the "view" feature to switch between window layout states is handy.

Ronald Lachenal

I find that UltraEdit on Windows works best for me and nothing beats vi on Linux.

Ted Landis

I use jEdit (from because it gives me a common interface between Mac OSX and Windows (when I have to be there). I has great extensibility via third party plug-ins as well as REBOL syntax highlighting out of the box.
And it's free!

Steve Shireman

gvim. It's that ergonomic keyboard, where home keys are navigation keys as well that hooked me in the early 80's. Code Wright has great vi key emulation, but I am just too cheap, so I use the freebie. Someday vi + console should be seamlessly integrated so editing and console self-documentation system blend perfectly...


I am using jEdit ( for all my coding. I find its syntax highlighting good and its code "folding" totally awsome. E g you can fold (minimize /hide) portions of your code so you don't have to be bothered with sections you are finished with.

Henrik Mikael Kristensen

Being simple minded with editors, I prefer nano or pico under Linux, since they are so simple and fast to use.
Most of my Rebol scripts are not that big and I get by without the syntax highlighting (though the next nano version has that).
When I edit bigger scripts I usually turn to Emacs.


For Windows, is the thing. Truly superb, minimalist but powerful, not bloated like the "IDE" tools.

For Windows and Unix and even Mac, if you are fond of emacs and such, then use XEmacs. It runs with or without Cygwin on Windows. (The Cygwin install option offers two suboptions for either native Win32 graphics or an X server via Cygwin.)


I'm using my own TSyntaxMemoParserScript in Homesite4.0. You can download it from here:

Muan (France)

Well, it seems that nobody use a rebol-written editor :)
I wrote my own ed in rebol (soon released in freeware) with some good and easy-to-write options (calculator, post-it, extended file info...) and the whole took me one month of work (which is not so long since i've been learning programmation for only three months). I guess it doesn't have more than 10% of the options there are in the other eds, but as soon as i discovered the well-oriented philosophy of Rebol, i found it would be nice and quite fundamental to use a rebol-made editor to edit rebol code.

Using rebol to edit rebol, that's a pleasure that no other ed can offer to me by now. :)

Muan (France) - writer of Rebol/Monk Ed

Scott Ross

I use Emacs for anything serious, vi or vim when emacs is not available and the edits are minor.

Syntax highlighting, auto formating, and editing across the network (through ftp) are a few of Emacs' useful features for REBOL programming.


Another Kedit user on Windows. I started coding on an IBM mainframe and became addicted to the flexibility of Xedit. Kedit builds on that. I like the Kexx macro language (a subset of Rexx) that allows me to write Kedit macros to do a number of things.

I don't do enough on Unix to splurge for my own Kedit editor there, so just use good old vi over there, although it takes me a while to get back in the groove after being away from it for a while.

Haven't tried Rebol on my Mac yet, so will look at the suggestions here and go out and get one...




I have tried many (metapad, context, etc.) finally this one is my prefered one:

And someone has just loaded rebol syntax file with it :

Alain Delmotte

Under DOS I was using QEdit and later TSE which came after QEdit.
They had the following characteristics (my wish list!):
1) small, quick to launch (one small file was enough)
2) true block selection, for example if I select the block of three lines over the b,
cut and paste at the beginning of the first line gives
xxxx xxxxx
3) macros and a simple system to program complex macros allowing to create a personal library
4) find and replace with regular expressions
5) reconfigurable (keyboard shortcuts,...)
6) spellchecking with various dictionnaries (french, esperanto)
7) highlighting of various codes
8) freeware (if possible)
(9) now I'll add Unicode)

When I migrated to Windows it took a long time before Semware TSE producer) really migrated the system to Windows (including characters tables). So I did test many editors. Just comments on some:
Jext: doesn't have many of the features I want; I prepared an highllighter class for Rebol, but being unable to compile it (I am not Java-ist) I sent it to Guy Romain and do not use Jext. The same for another editor of which the creator did not want to understand that I could not compile Java and was keeping teaching me not to try to get help for a "careware" (freeware)!!!
WinEdt, too heavy; Textpad not complete; both not freeware.

Now I use ConTEXT (; it does not have everything (still missing the macro programming, regular expressions) but I created a Rebol highlight file and I am happy with it.
(For Esperanto I use Simredo supporting Unicode and reverse writing - right to left; and for TeX a special system TeXnicCenter).

Thanks for Rebol.


I use TEXTPAD (win)
a simple and efficient editor

i've just finished a REBOL syntax
highlighting file for it...(boring to do...)
Rebol Core & View supported
I used the last Rebol dictionnary (03/2003)
to build the main part a this file

download here :

sorry for my poor english (french dude)


I use ob*ProgPad on
It's free and it's a very good text editor for Windows.
You can choice differents themes for text color like programming in C#, C++, PHP.... but not Rebol, for the moment!!!
I hope that come in the futur!!!

Eddie Ding

I use bloc-notes on windows

Robert Hustead


Can't beat it on windows.

Simple things are simple...
Sort of like REBOL...

Maxim Olivier-Adlhoch

on windows I use ultraEdit32 because of syntax highlighting, auto indent, ftp file/save.

It also has a user editable function parser which lets you create a list of all of your functions (or as I have set it up, of any specific label string I choose).

Rosemary de Dear

I've used Arachnophilia ( for 10 years because I found it, then found it to be smart, simple, and malleable ... it also has a great attitude.

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