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!

Cannot Upload files to xampp ftp Server

Markus Ziegler 6 years ago • updated 6 years ago 4
I am using and liking the app for some time now.
I wanted to connect to my xampp server at home in my macbookpro.
Downloading the files did work. But whenever I upload a file it says something about not working 'upload failed (at start/before it took off)'
What is this?
With my ftp server on my domain all works ok, but I wanted to not always have to upload via the internet...
Any Ideas?


copy/paste not working

Adam Acosta 5 years ago in iPad • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 4 years ago 3

I've copied a bunch of javascipt (Backbone.js) in Safari (from raw view in Github) but when i press and hold in Textasic, paste is not an option.

Other than that, is there a better workflow for grabbing libraries and adding them into textastic? I can't seem to find a good clean way of just simply grabbing js files from anywhere and get them into textastic.


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 5 years ago in iPhone • updated by Alexander Blach (Developer) 5 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