TinyMCE is an open source (under the GNU Lesser General Public License) rich-text editor released and maintained by Moxiecode.
As indicated by the name, TinyMCE is lightweight but highly
customizable through an intuitive API. TinyMCE’s plugin system allows
you to download themes and plugins to extend the core installation.
2. FCK Editor
FCKeditor is another wildly popular open source online rich-text editor (check out some of the websites that use it).
It has a “Word clean-up” feature that automatically detects and cleans
up text that’s copied from Microsoft Word documents. It has one of the
best HTML table editing and creation features, making it very easy for
users to create and edit tables for displaying data.
NicEdit is lightweight, no-fuss cross-platform rich-text
editor that emphasizes user-friendliness and simplicity over barraging
users with too many features. You can serve NicEdit remotely from the
and voila – it just works (as well as saving your server some system
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BXE is an XML-based WYSIWYG editor that allows you to
change an entire web page. It has been an open source application since
2002 – and with a devout following – you might be able to quickly find
some help if you run into any issues in the BXE IRC channel.
With markItUp!, you can easily turn any HTML textarea into a
fully-featured WYSIWYG editor. It’s lightweight (the script weighs in
at only 6.5kb), supports keyboard shortcuts, has a built-in Ajax live
preview and many more features that make markItUp! an excellent choice.
The widgEditor is an open source project of Cameron Adams released under the GNU General Public License.
It’s a simple and no-fuss HTML rich-text editing solution that converts
will still be able to use the HTML textarea.
excellent solution for weblogs and websites that allow developers to
contribute and format their own code.
8. Cross Browser Rich Text Editor (RTE)
Cross-Browser Rich Text Editor (”RTE” for short) is a free rich-text editor released under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license. It’s a work based on the designMode functionality introduced in Internet Explorer 5 and implemented in the Mozilla Rich Text Editing API. It just has basic features, so it’s perfect for individuals looking to add simple rich-text editing support.
9. YUI Library Rich Text Editor
The YUI Library Rich Text Editor is a UI control that’s part of the YUI Library.
It’s a great solution for those already using YUI and individuals that
want to save some server resources (since you can serve it directly from the Yahoo! servers). The YUI Library Rich Text Editor also has excellent mobile device support, making it a great web-accessible rich-text editing solution.
Web professionals using the .NET framework that want to add editing
capabilities to their web pages and web applications should check out FreeTextBox:
a robust, fully-featured, and extremely popular rich-text editor for
customization, and a full list of editing controls for constructing
tables, ordered/unordered lists, and even spellchecking (using the IE
11. Damn Small Rich Text Editor
Damn Small Rich Text Editor (DSRTE) is a lightweight, free
rich-text editor built on top of the jQuery library and a PHP backend.
It’s plugin-enabled (meaning it’s highly-extensible), has
image-uploading capabilities (using Ajax for responsive user
interaction), and an HTML cleanup feature to tidy up messy markup.
12. Silverlight Rich Text Editor
Silverlight rich text editor is the first rich-text editor for Silverlight.
It has many useful features such as “find and replace” to quickly find
specific text or to batch-replace them with something else, keyboard
shortcuts support, serialization of text input for security, and much
more. Note that the original creator has stopped further development
(so cross your fingers someone picks up his project).
13. Free Rich Text Editor
license. The interface is reminiscent of Microsoft Word 2003’s
interface, so users of this desktop application will find it quite
familiar. It has everything you’d expect from a robust rich-text
editor, as well as a code view to preview and edit the HTML source code
The Dijit.Editor is Dijit’s (Dojo’s
widget library) fully-featured rich-text editor. Built on top of The
excellent solution for those already using the Dojo Toolkit.
WYMeditor is a web-based HTML editor that emphasizes the use of standards-compliant markup. It was developed to output compliant HTML 4.01 Strict Doctype HTML, so it’s the perfect solution for the standards-aware developer.
Aside from features you’d expect from a rich-text editor, Whizzywig
also has a Spanish and German version, a web-safe color picker to
change your text’s colors, and custom-designed UI controls.
openWYSIWYG is a free and feature-packed web-based content
editor that’s perfect for a host of content management systems. It has
a very intuitive “table creation” feature to help users construct HTML
tables. It also has a wide range of browser support including IE 5.5+
(Windows), Firefox 1.0+, Mozilla 1.3+ and Netscape 7+.
XStandard is a highly-standards-compliant rich-text editor. It comes in two versions: XStandard Lite – which is completely free, and XStandard Pro. XStandard Lite has Microsoft Word text cleanup, spellchecking, and the ability to interact with third-party applications.
Xinha is an open source, community-built rich-text editor released under a BSD style license.
It’s highly-configurable, extensible, and feature-packed. Xinha
emphasizes on community development, and as such, you’ll find many
helpful contributors in the Xinha forums.
Kupu is an open source “document-centered” client-side rich-text
editor released by the international association for Open Source
Content Management (OSCOM). It features easy integration into a variety
of content management systems including Silva and Plone, easy customization and extension, and Ajax saving for an uninterrupted user experience.