Text editor

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There are loads of text editing applications out there, but some are actually more useful than others depending on the use case. We'll be focusing on uses in Source for our use case, however.

Light Editing

  • Notepad - A very, very basic but it does come ready-installed with Windows OS.
  • Notepad++ Notepad++ - An open-source text editor with some very helpful tools and plugins for Source modding. It is free to download.
  • ConTEXT
  • AkelPad — Excellent replacement for Notepad, with plugins and C/C++/other languages code support (HighLight and Autocomplete plugins).
  • Visual Studio Code — Simular to Notepad++, with a built-in marketplace to download plugins for both coding and the editor itself.

It's also worth mentioning that VTFEdit has text editing functionality for .vmt files.


Light Text Editors should be used for the following Source file extensions:

Heavy Editing

Note.pngNote:Heavy Text Editors are designed for big programming projects, such as building off of a Source branch.
Blank image.pngTodo: Add more text editors?

See also