The best HTML editor for non-commercial Linux

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Anyone who has ever tried to create piagne HTML with Linux you will certainly clashed with the lack of WYSIWYG software developed ad hoc for our favorite operating system. Fortunately, today this “gap” is filled only in part due to the development of some open source programs that attempt to compensate for the lack of development in Dreamweaver (or still commercial alternatives) su piattaforma Linux, but in many ways we are still far from having reached the usability of Dreamweaver or similar.

Today we see some of the best software for the’editing WYSIWYG developed natively for Linux. Thank you the blog web distortion translated for the advice that I report below.


In principle fu Mozilla Composer, the WYSIWYG editor from Mozilla that used Gecko as default rendering engine. It was a great tool in this Mozilla Suite allowing even the less practical to format HTML pages with backgrounds, images, link and everything else “Glance” without knowing HTML. The project was abandoned in favor of Mozilla Firefox and never recovered. Then came NCE, born from the ashes of Mozilla Composer, which at the time promised to be the panacea for all beginners to HTML, such as Mozilla Composer incorporated a native support for CSS and the tool FTP. The project NCE resolved in short time. Later still it was finally Kompozer that persisted to the present day, Ed Integra the same tools of the predecessors, better management style sheets, and a window called “HTML tags” very similar to the functionality of the “Web developer Toolbar” per Firefox.

Obviously is an advanced software, but if we need a lightweight program to create some static pages (I'm thinking for example to newsletter in HTML), Kompozer is a valuable ally. Kompozer is a nice software for the’HTML layout, but unfortunately the Code management is destructive: if I edit an HTML attribute directly from the source is easier than going back to the WYSIWYG window is change back in favor of some of its internal rules. This is a serious flaw. It also seems that there are no more release candidates from 2007, given developments in the past maybe will create a new project with another name. We'll see.


Amaya is, in my opinion, the first choice a serious web programmer. I remind everyone that it is an application developed directly from W3C, the consortium for the standard network, and in fact is mainly based on compliance with web standards, such as the SVG format. The package weighs 7MB, roughly how much Kompozer, extract but is decidedly heavier. It is also possible add third-party plugins (always by the W3C site) for the support PHP, o a Javascript. Clearly also integrates a tool for’upload via FTP ed one management of sites as “projects”. Amaya is a great program and also provides countless options to graphics for the development of template, or to write better CSS.

Look here:  M5S: we need an open source software

Bluefish Editor

Bluefish is one of the best text editor available for Linux, though is not totally focused on web development come, instead, Dreamweaver. If you write code to Linux, and you need a fast and simple editor Bluefish is one of the best solutions. On the website it is stated that Bluefish can open more 500 documents in simultanea in pochi secondi, and my test program more or less proved that not err (some, depends processor, from ram, etc., etc.). It is not necessarily a editor web, its use requires a certain knowledge of “what you are doing“. It also offers support for syntax many programming languages. It does not support WYSIWYG mode.


Screem now only supports operating systems POSIX (Linux and OS X), integrates all the features you could want from a editor web: FTP access, layout di HTML structure, etc.. And thanks to the developers of Bluefush, Screem provides an interface for the user to help the PHP.

Unlike most web editor, in Screen is not provided a WYSIWYG interface. In its place is available the raw HTML (source) in the main window.

Quanta Plus

Quanta Plus is slowly becoming a valuable “competitor” compared to commercial web editor on the market, the project continues to get Quanta Plus the support of a growing number of developers. Certainly for those who use PHP as the main programming language will become very difficult to find a tool miglire of Quanta. Among the characteristics we can mention the’interface to multiple documents, the’editing WYSIWYG ed to templates. Among the more advanced features you will find support and plugins debugger PHP integrated. And’ an integral part of KDE.

Aptana Studio

The business model Aptana is to realize versions “free” dedicated to community, then Legarda to full version “pro“. In any case, the program offers robust environment to build web pages, and applications that support JavaScript, Ruby on Rails and PHP. It also offers good support to Ajax, JUDGMENT, HTML and CSS, and plugins Adobe AIR and the development of applications for iPhone.

As rightly pointed out to me “davideatflickr” editors and web programming programs are not finished here. For example “Eclipse” and “IntelliJ IDEA” are two of the programs that I could mention about the world of professional open source web programming, but this article was meant to be a starting-off for the user who until now has only sailed and now I want to know a little’ more.

Thanks anyway davideatflickr for reporting. 😉


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framework · 23 October 2015 at 10:54 PM

esiste una guida in italiano per eclipse?

    TheJoe · 26 October 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Non ne ho mai cercate. Di solito seguo tutorial online per ciò che devo fare, e se non ne trovo leggo i manuali in inglese.

    Mi spiace non esserti d’aiuto.

davideatflickr · 22 April 2011 at 3:16 PM

programmi in quello che vuoi 😀
just choose modules that interest you..
I used it as a replacement for dreamweaver for php and html
su linux..

TheJoe · 22 April 2011 at 1:20 PM

miiiizzega, eclipse even? I only put those potentially interesting for the average user.. Areas Programme and the eclipse java, is the sei “in the topic” early and eat your liver.. XD

davideatflickr · 22 April 2011 at 11:03 AM

will not only html editor, ma eclipse merita una menzione 😀

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