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

preview pdf files in the left pane and support for "Download latest" functionality for pdf's

Dragan Masulovic 4 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago 4
when i tap on a pdf file, a separate preview opens. i, therefore, cannot achieve "download latest" functionality for pdf's, which is a pitty.

Support VHDL-2008 syntax

Daniel Kho 5 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 5 years ago 1

I like your text editor! But please support new VHDL syntax from VHDL-2008. I bought this specifically to edit VHDL and Tex. For a start, have block comments at least.

Not a bug

FTP upload error

ChrisJ 3 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 3 years ago 2
Can't upload after update applied.
FTP connection seems fine and download OK but when trying to upload get following error message 
-Upload failed (at start/before it took off)-

Symlinks not working on SFTP connection

Joshua M. Cowles 5 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 5 years ago 1


I added a SFTP connection to my server.  I was going through my directory structure, but the Textastic interface would not follow symlinks on my server.  It read them as files and tried to download them.  Since all of my web files are in a symlinked directory, this issue makes Textastic unusable for me.  I'd love it if this could be fixed soon!




Please add git support

Bruce B Li 2 years ago in iPad • updated by luketaylor 2 years ago 1

the editor is awesome, but missing one important feature: github support, or even better, git support


Alt-Cmd-I does not toggle file properties popover

Maurice Zoliker 4 years ago in iPad • updated 4 years ago 4
Just wanted to mention that Alt-Cmd-I does not toggle file properties popover on my device... Not a very big deal...
Thanks for making this very good Textastic 5.

Text Expander snippets don't expand the first time if there is not a space before the shortcut

Brian Byrd 2 years ago in iPad 0

My primary use of Text Expander (TE) is to insert HTML tags. For example, I have set up a snippet so that when I type p; it is expanded to <br><br>

In Textastic, when I type

Hello World.p;

the p; does not expand the first time. When I erase the p; and type it again, then it expands as it is supposed to. But when I put a space before the snippet shortcut, it works the first time:

Hello Word. p;

I think TE snippet shortcuts should expand immediately the first time, without having to erase and retype them, and without having to put an unnecessary and unwanted space before them.

Thank you for checking into this. BTW, I love your app ... keep up the awesome work!


Courier font (in lieu of Courier New)

LittleHouse75 4 years ago in iPad 0

I may be the only person requesting this, but we'll see if anyone else jumps in.

The standard font for screenwriting (and some playwriting) is Courier.  Courier New, on the other hand, (which is built into Textastic) tends to be discouraged, as it is extremely thin and much harder to read.

Consequently, it would be great to see standard, heavier Courier as a font option, especially since Fountain syntax highlighting now works beautifully in Textastic.

Whether or not this request makes the cut, Textastic is pure awesomeness.  Looking forward for the upcoming update.


Not a bug

ssh 1and1

palmpiiic 2 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 2 years ago 3

I cant use 1and1 ssh that works with putty..logs enclosed



== Info: Hostname was NOT found in DNS cache
== Info: Trying
== Info: Connected to xxxxxxxxx ( port 22 (#4)
== Info: SSH MD5 fingerprint: 34470fe91ac2eb56ebcc58593a0280b6
== Info: SSH authentication methods available: publickey,password
== Info: Authentication failure
== Info: Closing connection 4


CSS styles aren't applied in the Preview

Heather Roberts 4 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 2 years ago 5
My style sheets aren't applied to the HTML code in preview, is this something that is missing? Or am I doing something wrong?