Version2(as of 1/28/2022)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
LicenseOpen Source
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Rating:3.4  |  5 Votes

Main Features

  • Free, open-source HTML, CSS, and JavaScript editor
  • Minimalist UI paired with hotkey-based editing features
  • Live, in-browser project previews
  • Robust extension library and dedicated user community

Software Overview

Screenshot of Brackets 2
Screenshot of Brackets 2

Brackets is a free, open-source code editor designed for use by web and front-end developers. Adobe originally developed Brackets, but the program's user community now maintains it at

Developers use Brackets to write .HTML, .CSS, and .JS (JavaScript) documents. The program's minimalist UI allows developers to focus on coding without being distracted by extraneous windows and toolbars. Instead, developers typically access Brackets' code editing features using hotkeys. For example, developers can press Ctrl + E (Cmd + E in macOS) to quickly view and edit the CSS styles associated with an HTML tag they are editing.

Brackets also allows developers to preview projects live in their web browser. When previewing a project, any changes the developer makes to that project are automatically reflected in its in-browser preview. Users who want to add additional features to Brackets can take advantage of the program's robust extension library, or they can write their own extension, with help from the community if needed.


Web and front-end developers looking for a streamlined, open-source code editor will find a lot to like in Brackets. Those who fall in love with Brackets can even contribute to the program's future, by creating extensions and joining the development community at

Primary File Type

html icon.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.ASAXASP.NET Server Application File
.ASHXASP.NET Web Handler File
.ASPXActive Server Page Extended Webpage
.ATOMAtom Syndication Format File
.CC/C++ Source Code File
.CCC++ Source Code File
.CFCColdFusion Component File
.CFMColdFusion Markup File
.CFMLColdFusion Markup Language File
.COFFEECoffeeScript JavaScript File
.CONFIGConfiguration File
.CPXcode C++ Source File
.CPPC++ Source Code File
.CSC# Source Code File
.CSHTMLASP.NET Razor Webpage
.CSSCascading Style Sheet
.CXXC++ Source Code File
.DHTMLDynamic HTML file
.DIFFPatch File
.EJSEmbedded JavaScript Template
.GEMSPECGem Specification File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.GROOVYGroovy Source Code File
.HC/C++/Objective-C Header File
.HANDLEBARSHandlebars Template
.HBSHandlebars Template
.HHC++ Header File
.HPPC++ Header File
.HTMHypertext Markup Language File
.HXHaxe Source Code Module
.HXXC++ Source Code Header File
.IINTERCAL Source File
.INIWindows Initialization File
.JAVAJava Source Code File
.JSJavaScript File
.JSONJavaScript Object Notation File
.JSPJakarta Server Page
.JSXExtendScript Script File
.JSXReact JavaScript File
.KITCodeKit File
.LESSLESS Style Sheet
.LUALua Source Code
.MARKDOWNMarkdown Documentation File
.MDMarkdown Documentation File
.MDOWNMarkdown File
.MKDMarkdown Documentation File
.PATCHPatch File
.PHPPHP Source Code File
.PHP3PHP 3 Web Page
.PHP4PHP 4 Web Page
.PHP5PHP 5 Web Page
.PHTMPHP-Based Web Page
.PLPerl Script
.PMPerl Module
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PROPERTIESJava Properties File
.PYPython Script
.PYWPython GUI Source File
.RBRuby Source Code
.RDFResource Description Framework File
.RSSRich Site Summary
.RUJava Russian Font Properties File
.SASSSyntactically Awesome StyleSheets File
.SCALAScala Source Code File
.SCSSSass Cascading Style Sheet
.SHBash Shell Script
.SHTMHTML Server Side Include File
.SQLStructured Query Language Data File
.SVGScalable Vector Graphic
.TPLHTTP File Server Template
.TWIGTwig Template
.WSDLWeb Services Description Language File
.WXLWiX Localization File
.WXSWiX Source File
.XBLExtensible Binding Language File
.XHTMLExtensible Hypertext Markup Language File
.XSLTExtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations File
.XULXML User Interface Language File
.YAMLYAML Document
.YMLYAML Document
Updated 1/28/2022