CEF3-based application shell for Brackets.
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This is the new CEF3-based application shell for Brackets. This replaces the old brackets-app shell.

Please read the main README in the brackets repo for general information about Brackets.

If you are interested in contributing to this shell, let us know on the brackets-dev Google Group, or on the #brackets channel on freenode.

If you run into any issues with this new shell, please file a bug in the brackets issue tracker.


Download the .zip file for your platform (there are separate downloads for Mac and Win).

NOTE: The downloads do not contain the html/css/javascript files used for Brackets. You will need to get those separately by cloning (or downloading) the brackets repo.

When the app is launched, it first looks for an index.html file in the following location:

  • Mac - Brackets.app/Contents/www/index.html
  • Win - www/index.html (the www folder must be in the same folder as Brackets.exe)

If the index.html can't be found, you'll be prompted to find the brackets index.html file. Make sure you select the brackets/src/index.html file, and not some other file. This location is remembered for subsequent launches. If you want to point to a different index.html file, hold down the shift key while launching and you will get the prompt again. If you want to clear the saved file location, hold down the Option (mac) or Control (win) key while launching.

NOTE: You need to hold down these modifier keys before launching Brackets. If you get a security dialog, make sure you continue to hold the modifier key after dismissing the dialog.

The preferences are stored in {USER}/Library/Application Support/Brackets/cef_data on the mac and {USER}\AppData\Roaming\Brackets\cef_data on Windows.


Information on building the app shell can be found on the brackets-shell wiki.