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!
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Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago in iPad • updated 2 years ago 6

Bug report from a customer: Extra keys remain displayed on iPad (should disappear) when using a bluetooth external keyboard *and* virtual keyboard is split (no problem when virtual keyboard is not split). Thanks!

Billy Griffiths 5 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 5 years ago 1

I've recently discovered Textastic for coding on to go. Something I would like to see (as a PHP purist) in future releases are database table autocompletes. As a developer working on various projects at the same time, I often get confused as to which table belongs to which project. 

If I had the ability to specify a remote DB connection and have table names autocompleted (a local cached list might be a good idea) when writing SQL queries, that would really boost my productivity as I would no longer need to hop between apps. 

waynewongrj 5 months ago in iPad 0


I use Textastic regularly, and I’m a big fan.

Lately, I have been working on EPUB files, which need to be zipped in a particular way, with the mimetype file remaining uncompressed. Details are discussed here:

ePub Zip/Unzip AppleScript application for Mac OS X

This complex EPUB zipping currently requires me to use a Mac/PC app or command line to accomplish it. However, if Textastic could build it in as an action that could be performed on a folder like regular zipping, then Textastic could be used as a basic EPUB code editor on an iOS device. That would be great for those who need to edit the code of an EPUB when a Mac/PC is not available. It would also make Textastic even more unique in the App Store!

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Marek 10 months ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 10 months ago 1

Please take a look how font selection works in the Ulysses app on iPad. Without any problem I can use there my favorite monospace font 'Operator' http://www.typography.com/blog/introducing-operator I would like to have this possibility in Textastic as well. Please make it possible to choose any font from ones installed on iPad. Many thanks

Aboutime Today 4 years ago in iPad 0

Great product and having regex is indispensible. Would be even more brill if had an organiser to save regex snippets for re use.

Gary Bloom 4 years ago in iPad 0

Margin settings would make Textastic for IPad into an excellent general purpose editor. Currently, the text lines are too long for ease of editing an essay. My hack is to set Inconsolita for 30 pt, and zoom in to get margins and readable  text. Also, margins leave space to leave the navigation wheel up.

lettan 4 years ago in iPad • updated 4 years ago 2
Would be great to be able to link the preview button to a specific file. E.g. .html file when working on.js / .css in a sub-directory.

Pretty darn cool app.

Kyle Bareis 1 year ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 1 year ago 2

I bought Textastic but all of the fonts look just slightly blurry and bit larger than they need to be. It seems as if the app has not been updated for the iPad Pro yet. Could you please so I can take advantage of the size of the screen

fjpoblam 4 years ago in iPad • updated 3 years ago 8

Thanks for a great app. It's worth noting, I'm no longer maintaining my websites via laptop, but rather *just* on my iPad, thanks to this app! (I just get out my laptop to download updates and keep copies in sync.)

I've read all the suggestions here, and think I'm not posting duplicates. I'll post three. This is one.

This one, I know, has been suggested before, and perhaps reflects a bug. I have found that, occasionally, the app doesn't display the selected file, but rather, a linked file. For example, if the file previously displayed was "x.html" and if "x.html" had a link to "y.html", and if, during preview, a link to "y.html" was taken, the next time a preview is done, "y.html" is displayed instead of "x.html", and there is no manner in which to restore the display to "x.html".

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Guy Ozery 4 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago 2


First of all, I downloaded your app couple of month ago but only now started working with it and its great!

One really annoying thing I encounter many time is the ability to copy paste selections. 

The main problem is if I use the arrows to move in the code I then long press on the text in order to receive the copy paste dialog, many time I miss the exact location and start all over again. 

You have many useful shortcuts above the keyboard but copy, paste and cut in my opinion is the most important one. 

As programmers we always copy and paste code from place to place. 

Please consider adding those shortcuts somewhere... maybe on the floating control (even if real-estate is the concern, add it as a possibility in the configuration... It can save so much time and effort when programming on the iPad without external keyboard) 

Many thanks,