Installers for the latest build can be downloaded here.
What makes Brackets different from other web code editors?
- Tools shouldn't get in your way. Instead of cluttering up your coding environment with lots of panels and icons, the Quick Edit UI in Brackets puts context-specific code and tools inline.
- Brackets is in sync with your browser. With Live Development, Brackets works directly with your browser to push code edits instantly and jump back and forth between your real source code and the browser view.
You can see some screenshots of Brackets on the wiki.
Brackets is early in development, so many of the features you would expect in a code editor are missing, and some existing features might be incomplete or not as useful as you'd want. But if you like the direction it's going, the CONTRIBUTING.md file contains some useful links to help you get started. Please contribute!
The text editor inside Brackets is based on CodeMirror—thanks to Marijn for taking our pull requests, implementing feature requests and fixing bugs! See Notes on CodeMirror for info on how we're using CodeMirror.
How to run Brackets
Brackets isn't ready for general use yet. It's still early in development, is missing a lot of basic editor features, and probably has bugs. That said, we've actually been using Brackets to develop Brackets for awhile now, so what's there is reasonably stable.
Although Brackets is built in HTML/CSS/JS, it currently runs as a desktop application in a thin native shell, so that it can access your local files. (If you just try to open the index.html file in a browser, it won't work yet.) The native shell for Brackets lives in a separate repo, adobe/brackets-shell.
The Brackets native shell currently runs on Mac and Windows. The community has started working on a Linux port, and is making great progress; if you're interested, check out the Linux Version wiki page.
By default, Brackets opens a folder containing some simple "Getting Started" content. You can choose a different folder to edit from File > Open Folder. (Might we suggest editing the Brackets source code and submitting some pull requests?)
Most of Brackets should be pretty self-explanatory, but for information on how to use its unique features, like Quick Edit and Live Development, please read How to Use Brackets. The extensions wiki page has a list of extensions that have been contributed. Also, see the release notes for a list of new features and known issues in each build.
I found a bug/missing feature!
Issues starting Brackets the first time? Please review Troubleshooting.
Brackets bugs are tracked in the Brackets github issue tracker. When filing a new bug, please remember to include:
- Brackets version/sprint number (or commit SHA if you're pulling directly from the repo)
- Platform/OS version
- Steps to reproduce problem with actual and expected results
- Link to test files (you can create a gist on gist.github.com
if that's convenient)
* Please excuse the mess in the "Icebox (To Be Reviewed)" list. We're still importing data from our internal system.
I want to help!
Awesome! Please read How to Hack on Brackets.
I want to keep track of how Brackets is doing!
Not sure you needed the exclamation point there, but I like your enthusiasm.