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!

Flag if uploaded file would overwrite a newer file

Nigel 2 years ago in iPad • updated by Jon Diercks 9 months ago 2

I work on two systems, iPad and Mac. Sometimes I have files on the iPad edited and uploaded and the same file, unedited, on Textwrangler, Mac. I occasionally forget to check files and overwrite the newer file on the server. Dohhhh.


An organiser for saving regex snippets.

Aboutime Today 5 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.


Margin settings

Gary Bloom 5 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.


Can you add support for Texpad API?

Ramon Figueroa-Centeno 4 years ago in iPad 0

Can you add support for Texpad API to typeset TeX files?

See https://www.texpadapp.com/blog.


Would be great to be able to link the preview button to a specific file. E.g. index.html when working on

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.


Update for iPad Pro Resolution

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

open non-standard files

generalerror 4 months ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 months ago 1

Textastic won’t open local files it doesn’t recognize i.e.. something.myext

Is there anyway to change that or would it require an update.

Perhaps a way to define custom file extentions.

Under review

Beautify and Minify

Louis 88 6 months ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 6 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!


Slow editing of tidied code: have you heard from Apple yet?

Albo P. Fossa 11 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

Files stored in iCloud lose remote link when restored

Tony Meyer 11 months ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 11 months ago 1

When a file that's stored in iCloud gets moved out of local storage (automatically by the OS I assume), as indicated by the dotted cloud symbol, and then automatically restored (again by the OS I assume) when it is used, it loses the remote link information.

For example, I have a folder of files that is sourced from a SSH connection, stored in iCloud. All works fine, until iOS decides to clear space by removing some of these. They get restored automatically, so that's fine, but once that's done I can no longer upload/download because the link is gone.