Textastic is a text, code and markup editor for iPad and iPhone with rich support for syntax highlighting, FTP, SFTP and Dropbox. It will continue to be actively developed to provide you with the features you need to get your work done.

In order to achieve this, we would appreciate any and all feedback on challenges encountered when using Textastic.

Please also have a look at the manual.

Be sure to vote for the features you want to see implemented!
Under review

J Query

Mark Barbaric 3 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 3 years ago 1
Hi Guys,

I was just wondering what is the best way to load J Query onto websites I am working on in Textastic. I have heard that a specific file is needed to compensate for lack of mouse when coding on an iPad or iPhone. Otherwise I think that the app is brilliant.



Under review

HTML tags parsed and interpreted even in inline scripts

Omar Reidgrai 2 years ago in General • updated 2 years ago 4

I have found a bug where html tags are interpreted within inline javascript and php, when they should be ignored. This is problematic if you have any closing tags contained in an inline script.

For example:

Because the script closing tag in the string is interpreted , it will close the script tag early, and break the rest of the code as well as writing it all over the document. This can quite easily be countered by escaping the closing tag with a backslash, but that is inconvenient when dealing with large inline scripts.

Under review

Device Rotation causes incorrect scrolling

Steven Lu 3 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 3 years ago 2
This is mainly an issue with large files.

When device rotation occurs, the page position changes due to many lines becoming wrapped (or unwrapped). This in itself isn't a horrible problem, but what tends to happen is this: 

I am at line 5500, the file is 6200 lines. 

I rotate to portrait. It pegs me at the bottom of the file. This clamps the y-offset.

Now I rotate back to portrait in hopes of returning to line 5500. I am dropped off around line 4000.

This is... not... ideal. 

One great way to fix BOTH issues is to check the line# and return me to that position upon device rotation. 

Note also that having a cursor present will prevent this issue (which is probably why this has not been reported yet). However having a cursor makes over 1/3 of the screen consumed by a keyboard so I *ensure* the keyboard is put away when I use Textastic to read code (as it's hardly practical to do actual coding), but it causes this issue every time (when i am near the bottom of a file).

So since I am JB'd i would use tweaks that let me force specific apps to be portrait-locked, but it's just not ideal because sometimes I do need to go landscape when the line wrapping gets to be overwhelming.


Erick Sanchez 4 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago 1
For switching quickly between files, example, I read a plist I created representing a default value array and I wanted to write it into code. Since its a large plist I need to switch back and forth from the file to the plist
Under review


Sean Luddeni 3 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 3 years ago 3
I think it would be great if you added support for PAWN. If it was added, I would purchase this app in a heartbeat. I use PAWN to work on SA:MP servers. 

adjust font size

Cindi Gay 5 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 5 years ago 1
Can the font size on the ipad be adjusted?  I have poor eyesight and will have to enlarge the font.  A fallback solution is to buy the iphone app and then click 2x.  What do you recommend?


Multimarkdown table support broken

MultimarkdownGuy 4 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago 1
The following table should correctly render with column spanning in multimarkdown mode. It does not.

| Column 1 | Column 2 | Column 3 | Column 4 |
| -------- | :------: | -------- | -------- |
| No span | Span across three columns |||

Under review

Error: the file couldn't be opened

freeranger 2 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 2 years ago 1

Using the latest version of Textastic for iPhone or iPad, the "recent files" list does not work for files from OneDrive.

Here is what I do:

- Open.. and find a file on onedrive - the file opens fine

- Go back to the menu and click on "Recent Files"

- select the file I just opened

- get an error "The file couldn't be opened".

If I go via the Open... link again and find the same file, I can open it again no problem.

I do find then that it now appears twice in the "Recent Files" menu - from the first attempt and now the second attempt, and neither of them work,


Would like to see your app in the share sheets for "working copy" app

Maury Hill 3 years ago in General • updated 3 years ago 2
Working copy is a source control app released about a week or two ago. It allows me to commit files to bit bucket and if your app was in their share sheet or displayed in the share sheets available to them, I could edit the files in your app instead of their crappy editor.
Not a bug

Javascript not working in preview

Michael Reynolds 2 years ago in General • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 2 years ago 3
My sample has 3 files: index.html, screen.css, and screen.js in the same directory. The preview shows my styled html but the javascript will not run. Checking firebug lite script>inspect screen.js shows in the dropdown but the script window says "Access to restricted URI denied". The javascript code runs when I export it using Dropbox elsewhere so I know it is accessible and working.