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Beeftext is a text snippet management tool for Windows, inspired by TextExpander.

TextExpander is a great program, packed with features. To keep the company profitable, Smile had to switch to a subscription-based model in 2016. And for people who only need the basic features of TextExpander, the monthly price is way too high.

Beeftext aims to be the best possible alternative to TextExpander. Beeftext is an open-source project written in C++ using the Qt framework.


The project is developed and managed by Xavier Michelon. The project is not looking for contributors and all pull requests will be rejected.

Contributors for translations are listed in the dedicated wiki page.

The website uses a template provided by HTML5 UP.


This project is licensed under the MIT License.

Beeftext uses the Qt framework under the GNU Lesser General Public License v3.

Beeftext uses the OpenSSL library under OpenSSL and SSLeay licenses.

Beeftext uses the emojilib library under the MIT License.


End User

The end user documentation is available as a wiki on the GitHub project page.


Developer documentation can be extracted using the Doxygen documentation tool.

Building Beeftext

In order to build Beeftext from sources you will need:

  • The Beeftext source code. The git repository includes the XMiLib library as a submodule.
  • Visual Studio 2022. The Community Edition is available for free.
  • The Qt framework. Beeftext is generally built using the latest version of the library. Beeftext uses the 64-bit version compiled for the most recent version of Visual Studio.
  • The Qt Visual Studio Tools. This add-on can be installed from the Extensions and Updates tool built into Visual Studio.
  • If you plan to generate the installer for Beeftext, you will also need NSIS.

Detailed build instructions are not available at the moment.