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EditPlus provides a number of powerful and extensible features that make it an excellent text editor for development on the Windows platform. Some of the major features are described below.

User Tools

User Tools are external programs that be run from within EditPlus via the User Toolbar.


EditPlus macros are recorded sequences of key strokes that you can play back to apply a sequence of actions to a file. They are useful for repetitive tasks. Press Ctrl+Q to start recording, or use Tools, Record. You cannot edit them.

A simple example would be "Home, tab, down arrow". Playing back this recording repeatedly would indent some lines.

A more useful example: "Shift+right arrow, Shift+Page down, left arrow". This scrolls the current line to the top of the window.

Function Lists

EditPlus provides the ability to display a dynamic Function List for a file from Search > Function List (Ctrl+F11). Though EditPlus is configured by default to extract functions for C++, Perl, and similar programming languages, it's not hard to add the same functionality for other file types.

Regular Expressions

A regular expression is a pattern (with a special syntax) that can match various text strings. EditPlus has support for some regular expression capabilities built into its Find and Replace functions.

Integrated FTP

You can configure EditPlus to open and edit files via FTP as if they were located on your local file system. However, FTP has serious security problems, primarily the transmission of passwords in plain text over the Internet. It is recommended that you use a program like WinSCP to access remote files securely using SFTP (secure file transfer over SSH). Many people have also complained that EditPlus's native FTP support is prone to crashing, so save frequently.

  • See WinSCP for information on configuring EditPlus as WinSCP's external editor
  • see FTP through external SSH for information on tunneling EditPlus's FTP through SSH using (PuTTY).
  • Note: SFTP option available in latest release; SFTP overcomes the security issue noted above

Integrated Web Browser

Seamless web browser (using Internet Explorer) for previewing the content of your HTML document or Java applet without leaving the editor. Browser window also has common browser commands so you can browse Internet web sites as well as local HTML files.

Managing Projects

Using projects is an easy way to mantain all the related source files together, like a virtual .zip archive.

Command Line Options in EditPlus 3

You can use command line options to override settings in the program, or cause certain behavior when EditPlus opens. See the Help for a list.