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!

Edit files on FTP / Auto backup / JS Console

Mattijah S 5 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 5 years ago 3

1. Please can you add to application options for edit (realtime) files on FTP? Now I have to download file, edit file and again upload what take a lot of time...

2. Next function is about AutoBackup. So for example I have in the application file index.js which I am editing very often and I don't want lose it also I don't have time for upload it every time...so basically a select file, set time and application will backup file/folder automatically...

3. Last idea is javascript console in preview/browser. Very simple console where I can see log or where I can enter simple JS command. Also will be good some button/function for add jQuery support to file... ;) 

Under review

External CSS not evident in preview iPad Pro

feralmonk 2 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 2 years ago 1

I am running IOS9.1 on an iPad Pro. Filing in iCloud. Have html and style.css in same folder. Have correct <link> tag with reference to stylesheet. HTML+CSS does not preview in Textastic, but does display correctly when opened out of iCloud Drive in MAC Safari.

<title>How a Feral Monk Thinks - Part 1 of 12</title>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="gianni_custom2.css">

Copy a Find result to the clipboard?

Steven Whatley 4 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago 1


Is the a way to copy a Find result to the iOS clipboard?   Want to quickly clip out a segment of HTML code and paste it into a WordPress blog post.  The code segment will always match the following regex string:

<p id="intro(.*\n)*<p id="closing.*\n.*p>

The Find result highlights the text I want to copy to the clipboard.  Is there a way to get Textastic to copy the highlighted text to the clipboard?

I don't see a way to do so.  Any help will be appreciated!

Thanks & Enjoy life,



Why are no options "Links to Remote Connections" visable for a file I download from Dropbox to my iPad?

Bryan Wheelock 6 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 6 years ago 3

I installed Dropbox on my iPad3 and linked it to Textastic.

I was able to successfully view and edit the document in Textastic.

The File Properties > Links to Remote Connections shows:

Not Linked, but there are no options to select.


Writeln not generating new Lin?

Keith Black 5 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 5 years ago 1

For some reason I am not getting a new line using document.writeln. 



Kieran Maher 5 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 5 years ago 1

Hi, I just wanna say that this app is awesome! I've just got into coding and the ease of writing CSS and HTML is amazing, but I was wondering, if I can somehow one day learn to code in say, C++, is there a way for me to view the programme in the app itself, or do I need to switch to a desk top? (I don't actually have a desktop, so it could be problematic:( ) but still, amazing app!


Code Review Comments/Annotations

Daryl Robbins 5 years ago in iPad 0

I tend to use my iPad more to consume content than to produce it. So, my main use case for buying Textastic was as a slick tool for reviewing code -- either as part of a formal code review or to gain an understanding of some third party component. In both of these cases, it would be nice to be able to annotate the code with my comments as I review.

For example:

I click on a line number and a dialog pops up to input a comment. Once I made a comment, there would be some sort of visual indicator telling me that there was a comment at that spot. Finally, when I was done my review session, I'd be able to collect my comments in some form. This could be as simple as creating a text file FileUnderReview.rb.comments with entries like:

Line 34: Some insightful comment.

(Or it could use a standardized file format instead if there is anything out there)


Having major issue trying to link my Dropbox account to Textastic even though I have a Dropbox app on my ipad.

Kevin Anderson 5 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 5 years ago 1

waited 15 minutes on 3 separate attempts to link my dropbox account with the app.... NO SUCCESS! This needs to be faster. I still haven't successfully linked my account.


FTPS - SSL connect error

Milan 5 years ago in iPad • updated 5 years ago 8


I am not able to connect to any of my FTP servers using FTPS (port 21 on one server and 990 on the second one).

For both connections I get  "Transfer Error: SSL connect error".

In the log I can see: 

== Info: SSL connect error

== Info: About to connect() to ftp.hereisdomain.com port 990 (#0)

== Info: Trying HERE-IS-IP...

== Info: connected

== Info: Connected to ftp.hereisdomain.com (HERE-IS-IP) port 990 (#0)

== Info: SSLv3, TLS handshake, Client hello (1):

=> Send SSL data, 0000000332 bytes (0x0000014c)

0000: ...omitted

0040: j.9omitted

0080: ....omitted

00c0: .....................ftp.heredomain.com...........4.2.................

0100: ....................................". .........................

0140: ............

== Info: error:140770FC:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:unknown protocol

== Info: Closing connection #0

== Info: SSL connect error

Can you please give me some hints?



PS: Thanks for the app. I am really excited about the capabilities of Textastic for iPad, the additional row is great and I wish to have it in other applications too :-).



Agustin Tortolero 5 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 5 years ago 1

it is posible to acces the video camera from the ipad?