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!

Natural Cursor Positioning, Like a Trackpad

Casey Anderson 2 years ago in iPad 0

This app is great except cursor positioning is painfully unrealistic for great productivity. It's because we are dealing with code where the cursor needs to be moved constantly and at precise locations.

The Codea app has MASTERED THIS. They simply provide two new keyboard keys in the center of the top row. You tap and hold the key, then move your finger and the cursor moves in parallel. It feels so natural as if I am using the trackpad on my MacBook Pro. One button is for regular movement and the other selects text. Productivity will improve 4 fold with this. I would use Codea instead but it's not a general purpose editor.

Screenshot of the Codea app.


Support for bookmarklets or multiple dimensions in Preview on the iPad

Rob Cherny 4 years ago in iPad 0

Would be great if the iPad preview window had support for bookmarklets or the ability to toggle a responsive / iPhone or "phone" sized screen size. I've been looking around trying to figure out how to test responsive sizes and bookmarklets seems to be a no brainer, similar to firebug lite. The UI could resemble the new Firefox Web Development tools responsive size tool.


see extra keys even when bluetooth keyboard is in use

Graham Charles 5 years ago in iPad 0

I'd like an option to be able to see the extra keys even when I'm using a bluetooth keyboard.


Integrate C/C++ compiler on Jailbreak device?

Ciro Camardella 5 years ago in iPad • updated by Anton Smirnov 3 years ago 3

I know that Apple limits code execution on iPad, but on Jailbreak device?

Could you try this way....

Under review

Translation of the whole app

Joe Smith 3 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 3 years ago 1
Is it possible to translate Textastic UI? If so, I'd like to help, because I love it and use it almost every day. It would be much easier for me to work with it if it was in my native (Czech) language :)
thx for answer

iOS 7 Design

Vitaly Ishkulov 4 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago 0
Looking forward for Textastic to be updated for iOS 7 beautiful design. 

Bug in the magnifier - orientation upside down.

Guy Ozery 5 years ago in iPad • updated by Sarah Kelly 2 years ago 12


I am not sure when it happened but it did.

The magnifier orientation was opposite from the text orientation.  

Probably because I switched the iPad orientation number of times. 

I tried to restart the app and now its ok but it means that there are rare case that you lose track of orientation. 




This should be fixed in the next update.

Under review

Trigger auto-complete only when highlighted or specifically chosen

Bar Horesh 5 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 5 years ago 0

Because the auto complete feature is triggered by pressing the return key, what happens is that even if I don’t want to use a snippet and just go to a new line, the snippet is triggered. For example, when I write an else block, I like to have the braces under the else keyword, unlike the snippet which puts them right after the keyword ( in the same line)

When I try to take it down one line (by pressing the enter key when the cursor is right before the opening brace), the else if snippet is triggered, when I didn't even need it.

I would like the snippets to be triggered only when I specifically tap them (or press return on a physical keyboard when the snippet is highlighted. This would greatly improve my coding speed

Under review

how to reference image in md and view it?

RonJeffries 3 days ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 3 days ago 1

i’m trying to use the ![](file.png) image format in a markdown doc, and to preview it. the file is not hooking up, displays as a square. inthe file browser, the file shows but is greyed out. what am i missing?



import from Working copy AND link the checked out code to an sftp connection

Arieljake 2 weeks ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 2 weeks ago 1

i downloaded my code from GitHub using working copy, and now, want to see/test my changes as I work by uploading code to a server using sftp. Is there a way to set the remote connection for a github repo in Textastic to an ssh connection so that I can get the Upload File option under the share button?


Yes: First, make sure to add the Working Copy repository to Textastic using Drag & Drop as shown in the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0gyGwsF8vI

Navigate into the repository you just edit and edit the file. Then tap on the "globe" button to open the remote file transfer screen. 

Upload the file to your test server. You only need to do that once. After the first upload, the file is linked to the remote location and you can use the share button to upload it to that locatiation.