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.
How to install and run Brackets
Brackets isn't ready for general use yet.
Some 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. That said, what's there is reasonably stable—the Brackets team uses Brackets to develop Brackets full time. So feel free to give it a spin and let us know what's missing!
Installers for the latest stable build for Mac, Windows and Linux (Debian/Ubuntu) can be downloaded here.
The Linux version has most of the features of the Mac and Windows versions, but is still missing a few things. See the Linux wiki page for a list of known issues and to find out how you can help.
By default, Brackets opens a folder containing some simple "Getting Started" content. You can choose a different folder to edit using File > Open Folder.
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. Also, see the release notes for a list of new features and known issues in each build.
In addition to the core features built into Brackets, there is a large and growing community of developers building extensions that add all sorts of useful functionality. See the Brackets Extension Registry for a list of available extensions. For installation instructions, see the extensions wiki page.
Having problems starting Brackets the first time, or not sure how to use brackets? Please review Troubleshooting, which helps you to fix common problems and find extra help if needed.
I found a bug!
If you found a repeatable bug, and troubleshooting tips didn't help, then be sure to search existing issues first. Include steps to consistently reproduce the problem, actual vs. expected results, screenshots, and your OS and Brackets version number. Disable all extensions to verify the issue is a core Brackets bug. Read more guidelines for filing good bugs.
I have a new suggestion, but don't know how to program!
For feature requests please first check our Trello board to see if it's already there; you can upvote it if so. If not, feel free to file it as an issue as above; we'll move it to the feature backlog for you.
I want to help with the code!
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.
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.
I want to keep track of how Brackets is doing!
Not sure you needed the exclamation point there, but we like your enthusiasm.
What's Brackets working on next?
- In our feature backlog, the columns labeled "Sprint N" are features already in progress and should ship within 2 weeks. Features at the top of the "Product Backlog" list will come next.
- Watch our GitHub activity stream.