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!

Text delay then empty from screen kb bug

Admiral27 7 years ago • updated by Joseph Wilcock 7 years ago 2
When I write out text from the screen keyboard, ever third character causes a 10 sec delay when everything freezes, but then spits out the whole buffer. It's very hard to code with this problem. I turned off everything I could, but it still happens.
Not a bug

RSA Key won't take

Jeremy Ricketts 6 years ago • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 6 years ago 3
On OSX, I tried copying my id_rsa into /ssh within Textastic. I left everything else default. I tried entering my username. I tried entering my server password even though this RSA key doesn't use one. I tried importing my id_rsa.pub instead, but that didn't work. I keep getting "Transfer Error. Wrong passphrase or invalid/unrecognized private key file."

I know this id_rsa works because I use it to SSH into my server via terminal, Transmit FTP, and other applications. Lastly, I tried using some of the other files in my ~/.ssl folder on OSX. Oh, and I also tries using my server's FQDN instead of the IP.

Still get the same message! Any thoughts?

Open In...

KevinMc 7 years ago • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 7 years ago 1
When I attempt to "Open in..." and select "Pages", the Pages program opens to it's "My Documents" screen, but the file being edited in Textastic never shows up.
Under review

Back to the currently open file

freeranger 2 years ago in iPhone • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 2 years ago 1


It would be great if you could with one click get back to the file you currently have open - once you gone into the menu system, say from a OneDrive file I have opened, there is no way to quickly go back to the file apart from navigating to "recent files" or back to the original location - it would be nice to have a single click to "close the menu" and return to the file


Turn off Syntax Highlighting

stargate 7 years ago • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 7 years ago 0
I would like to see an option for turning off syntax highlighting, to make the editor run at top speed for editing plain TXT files.
This options already exists: just open the File Properties popover and choose the first entry "Plain Text" as the syntax definition for this file.

This disables syntax highlighting.

Concurrent editing

iSee 6 years ago 0
It would be nice, if you could add a mode of editing like in SubEthaEdit. As far as i know, they use an open protocol.

Dear developers please add a Textastic 866 encoding.

SverxV 3 years ago • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 3 years ago 2
I really like to use your program. But not rarely need to open the code written on the PC in the program in which there is Russian text written on the PC 866 in the encoding when you open it in your program text unfortunately distorts that very uncomfortable ... Dear developers please add in 866 Russian Textastic I'm sure the encoding of the Russian users will be very grateful to you.
P.S. Sorry for my bad English.

word wrap broken

David Edson 4 years ago in iPhone • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago 1
long lines show as garbled characters for textastic on iphone 4 running ios 7.0.2
email me and ill send screenshot

Auto save and Open In...

Michel Tilman 5 years ago in iPad • updated 5 years ago 2

I use Textastic in combination with a small app that I open from within Textastic. The app uploads the file to a server, which processes the file and sends the results back to the app. From within the app I can switch back to Textastic. Changes I made to a file were reflected in the results. This was the case with IOS 5.1.1 on iPad 1. I recently switched to iOS 6.0.1 on iPad 4. Now it seems that Open In... from the toolbar button no longer works as before. Open In... from the list view seems to work, although it looks as if I have to wait a bit (10 seconds between saves?).




Can my wishes come through?

Adrian Hoe 7 years ago • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 7 years ago 4

I am a new user of Textastic and I am glad that it supports Ada. I love the app so far and I load my Ada codes on my iPad now I can read and/or write Ada codes wherever I go.

But I have some wishes and I hope the Textastic developer(s) can realize them.

1.) I wish that Textastic will allow user to customize background and font color. I have been working on black background with amber font color for many many years. I especially like keywords to be Red. This setting soothe my eyes (after many surgeries) very well.

2. I love block cursor. It is more visible to my traumatized eyes.

3. I wish that Textastic  will support Mercurial (and others like SVN etc.) repository check in/out. This will save the troubles transferring files to and from the Mac to check in/out to/from repository.

Thanks in advance for realizing my Textastic wishes. Please continue the good work.