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!
lettan 5 years ago in iPad • updated 5 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.

James Lock 4 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago 1


Built int support for DotNET .master files (same as aspx) would be great, as well as .scss and .sass files.  I currently have downloaded some 3rd party textmate bundles to do this, but would be great to have in-built support.



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

Under review
Louis 88 3 months ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 3 months ago 1

Did you know there is NO iOS app that formats (specifically, Beautifies) HTML, CSS, etc?  I

As the iPad is poised to become a laptop replacement, I'm hoping these features can be added to Textastic to make coding workflows much easier than having to copy and paste and visit a website to do it online....one file at a time.  

I am developing simple HTML/CSS/PHP websites solely on my iPad Pro.  The workflow is still not convenient, but it is possible.  I hope my suggestions are useful.  

Thank you, again, for the finest text editing app for iPad.  I only use DraftCode because of my PHP development, but if not for that....Textastic would be my only app!  I appreciate your efforts very much!  Vielen dank!

Albo P. Fossa 7 months ago in iPad 0

Howdy, Alexander; I've posted this to you as a problem report before, and your response was that it was an Apple problem, and not the app's. I'm just here to ask whether you've heard from Apple.

The problem being, it's about impossible to edit tidied code. I have, for example, several files whose first records are up to 1200+ characters. While they are fully visible in Textastic, it is painful even to place the cursor accurately in the record, and agonizing to use the cursor-movement wheel. (You were able to reproduce the problem with example code I sent.)

For now, I've reverted to BBEdit on my MBP.

Under review
Derek 11 months ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 11 months ago 1

I'd like to request proportional fonts, if possible. Source Sans Pro is a good one.

I'm using working copy to manage writing projects using Markdown and really appreciate Textastic's integration. However, I find writing text (as opposed to code) in mono space fonts kind of ugly.

Under review
Ol Sen 3 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 3 years ago 1
When creating templates sometimes it would be very helpful when the filename in creating process made by a template is availible inside the snippet. The moment looks like the $TM_FILENAME syntax is not visible while creating a file from textastic templates. In my case this is important when using textastic to code c++ where filenames should fit to classnames and headerfiles. Or did i miss how to use right?
fjpoblam 4 years ago in iPad • updated 4 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".

Under review
Guy Ozery 5 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,


Ramon Hackbarth 5 years ago in iPad 0

Using both hands it's especially as a web developer with small hands hard to reach some important keys. It's easy for me to reach the first three buttons on every side, but the buttons I mainly use are in the middle of the keyboard :( It's hard to make such a keyboard fit for everyone, so it's maybe a better solution to make a custom set possible.

At first it would be great to have a possibility to change the order of the buttons, but really nice would be, if it's also possible to have 100% customizable buttons.