Plain Text Editor

Simple distraction-free notepad

Simple text editor without any rich text nonsense. The simplicity is a feature.

It won't handle your 1 million line log file, but it is a nice way to write down some ideas.

Requires macOS 13 or later

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a feature request, bug report, or some feedback

Send it here.

How is it better than TextEdit?

  • Editor padding
  • Optimal line spacing and length
  • Word count
  • Hide the title bar
  • Vibrant background
  • Window can stay on top
  • Force dark/light mode
  • Brain dump mode

Can you add Markdown syntax highlighting?

I don't plan to add that as I want to keep the app simple. I do plan to make a proper Markdown editor at some point, but that's not this app.

Can you add a typewriter mode (centered text)?

I don't plan to add that.

When I save a file using the popover in the title bar, it always appends .txt when I choose a different file extension

This is a macOS bug. Instead, save the file from the “File” menu or by pressing Command + S.

Can I open a text file directly from the command-line?

Make a shell alias:

alias pte="open -a 'Plain Text Editor'"


pte unicorn.txt

Can you add a text color setting?

I don't plan to add that. It's not essential and I'm trying to keep the app simple.

The text flickers a little bit when it wraps on a new line

This is unfortunately a macOS bug and out of my control.

How can I export, import, sync, or backup the settings?

See this guide.

Why is this free without ads?

I just enjoy making Mac apps. Consider leaving a nice review on the App Store.

Where can I find the changelog?

Go here and click “Version History”.

Can you localize the app into my language?

I don't have any immediate plans to localize the app.

Non-App Store Version

A special version for users that cannot access the App Store. It won't receive updates.

Download (1.2.1)

Requires macOS 13 or later