IDE vs Text Editor

IDE vs Text Editor

Most people are confused nowadays with Integrated Development Environment (IDE) vs Text Editor. What should you look at when choosing the IDE?

You can use IDEs as a text editor, and text editors as IDEs.

Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

IDE is the combination of Text Editor, compiler, linter, build or make integration, project manager, debugger, syntax highlighter, autocomplete, numbers highlighter, version control, running, deployment tool, and etc. It supports SFTP, Project import wizard from local or FTP, code folding and etc.

The most popular and powerful IDEs are Visual Studio from Microsoft, Xcode from Apple, NetBeans from Apache/Oracle, and etc.

Text/Code Editor

The code editor is basically a text editor which is designed to work with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, NodeJS, PHP, and many other programming languages, or frameworks you choose to write/modify your text or code with built-in features like, syntax highlighting, customizable interfaces, and so on.

The most popular and powerful text editors are Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, Atom, TextMate, and etc.


If you are a beginner, then stick to a simple text editor, and start with at least basics of any programming language, and then finally start exploring proper IDEs for your daily routine.

IDEs are a more powerful set of tools that are designed to make coding as simple as possible.

The code editor is basically a text editor which is designed to work with pretty much any programming languages.