An elegant and powerful text editor that is easy to use

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Use Smultron 8 to create or edit any text document. Everything from a web page, a note or a script to any single piece of text or code.

Since Smultron 8 is easy to use, quick and uses powerful technologies like auto save, it helps you to do what you want to do without getting in your way. So you can save time and get things done. Use Smultron 8 for all your text needs.

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The new Smultron 8 is refined and much better


I just bought Smultron 7, can I upgrade to version 8 for free?
If you bought Smultron 7 during September 2015 contact us at with your order number if you bought it in the Smultron Store or a screenshot of the receipt if you got it from Mac App Store, to get a free license for version 8
Which languages is it available in?
English, Chinese (Simplified), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish
What's the difference between the apps in Smultron Store and Mac App Store
It is the same app but once you have bought one you can't change to the other. The only small difference is that the version from Smultron Store cannot sync themes, commands or snippets.
Is version 8 a paid upgrade?
Yes, if you have an earlier version you either need to get an upgrade license in Smultron Store or buy the app from Mac App Store.
Is there a demo version?
Download the app and you'll have all the functionality except that you can't save a document until you buy a license.
How do I buy a license?
You can either buy it from Mac App Store or buy it from the Smultron Store (if you download the app you can also buy it from within the app by choosing Purchase... from the Smultron 8 menu to use the secure built-in store).
How do I register the license?
Choose License... from the Smultron 8 menu and input the exact values you received in the confirmation mail. If you need to change it later you can hold down the Option key when choosing License...
How do I reopen the open documents when Smultron starts?
Smultron uses the system setting to decide whether to reopen the documents or not when Smultron starts. So if you uncheck the "Close windows when quitting an app" checkbox in System Preferences - General then the documents will reopen automatically.
Is VAT included in the EU price?
Yes. And if you are registered as a company in EU and have a valid VAT ID you can buy it without VAT.
Can I change the file extension a particular syntax uses?
Yes, you can do that in Preferences - Advanced. Choose the syntax in the menu and then add or change the extension in the text field next to the menu (a space between each extension and no dots).
How do I assign a keyboard shortcut any menu item?
You do this in System Preferences - Keyboard - Shortcuts. Choose App Shortcuts and then press + and then choose Smultron 8 and write the exact name of the snippet or command.
How do I change a keyboard shortcut?
You do this in System Preferences - Keyboard - Shortcuts. Choose App Shortcuts and then press + and then choose Smultron 8 and write the exact name of the menu item and choose a new shortcut.
Why does it insert an extra space when pasting some text?
That is a standard system feature which is there to help you with pasting text. But you can turn it off ny deselecting Smart Copy/Paste in the Edit menu, under Substitutions
Why does it replace some of the text I write with another character?
That is a standard system feature which is there to help you write those characters. But you can turn it off if you want in the Edit menu, under Substitutions just deselect Text Replacement. What exactly is replaced is decided by System Preferences - Keyboard - Text.
How can I open "hidden" files?
When you are in the standard open dialog just press Command and Shift and a dot.
How do I change the language Smultron uses?
The language used is determined by your system setting in System Preferences - Language & Region. If you only want to change the language that Smultron uses to e.g. English you can do this by writing this command in Terminal:
defaults write com.peterborgapps.Smultron8 AppleLanguages '(en)'
Is there a command line utility?
There isn't a command line utility available for Smultron 8 but you can use standard commands to do the same thing (and more). Use e.g.:
open -a /Applications/Smultron\ /path/to/file
open -a /Applications/Smultron\ /open/all/in/this/folder/*
Which code languages have syntax coloring?
ActionScript, Active4D, Ada, AMPL, Apache, Applescript, Arduino, Assembler x86, Assembler MIPS, Assembler PPC, ASP - JavaScript, ASP - VB, ASP.NET - C#, ASP.NET - VB, AWK, Batch, C, C++, C#, Clojure, Cobol, CoffeeScript, ColdFusion, Csound, CSS, CUDA, D, Dart, Diff, Dylan, Eiffel, Erlang, eZ Publish, F#, Final Cut Pro XML, Fortran, Fountain, FreeFem++, GEDCOM, GIFT, GNU Assembler, Go, Groovy, Hack, Haskell, Header, HTML, IDL, Java, JavaFX, JavaScript, JSON, JSP, LaTeX, LESS, Lilypond, Lisp, Logtalk, LSL, Lua, Make, Markdown, MathProg, Matlab, MetaPost, MEL, Metaslang, Multi User Forth, MySQL, Nemerle, NEURON, Nim, Notation3, Objective Caml, Objective-C, Ox, Pascal, PDF, Perl, PHP, Plist, PostScript, PowerShell, Processing, Prolog, Python, R/S-PLUS, RHTML, Ruby, Rust, Sass/SCSS, Scala, Scheme, Servoy JavaScript, SGML, Shell, Smalltalk, SML, SQL, Stata, Strings, Stylus, SuperCollider, SVG, Swift, Tcl/Tk, TorqueScript, Turtle, Udo, UnityScript, VB, Verilog, VHDL, XLIFF, XML, XQuery, YAML, Zimbu


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Some Features

Smultron has full support for storing your documents in iCloud so you can access them on all your computers. Smultron also syncs Commands, Snippets and Themes to other Macs you have connected to the same iCloud account if you have bought the app from Mac App Store.
Merge all windows
Smultron normally uses a single window for each opened document for flexibility. But you can choose to merge all windows into one and change between the different documents within that window. You do that by choosing Merge All Windows in the Window menu. Please note that you can only choose that mode if no window is using a full screen and while in that mode you cannot make the window cover a full screen.
Text folding
If you temporarily don't want to see a part of the document you can select it and choose Fold in the Text menu. This replaces the selected text with a symbol (but only on the screen, the document still has all your text). Choose Unfold after placing the cursor next to the symbol to see the whole text again.
View in full screen
You can edit the document in full screen by choosing "Enter Full Screen" in the View menu (nothing else will be visible but you can show the menu bar by moving your mouse to the top of the screen).
You can see a list of all the functions in your document in the Tools menu or with the toolbar item and go directly to that function.
Snippets are pieces of text that you use often or want easy access to. Include a %%s in the text and it will be replaced by the current selection. Include a %%c and the cursor will be placed at that position after the snippet has been inserted.
Close tag
This tries to find the correct tag to close by calculating the number of tags that has been closed and opened so it will find the last tag that hasn't been closed. Note that this feature only works with tags surrounded by < and >.
With this you can preview the content of the current document. You can choose to open it in Smultron or in the app that has been chosen in the system (using Info in Finder) for that kind of document.
You can run commands from within Smultron if you e.g. want to compile some code or validate an HTML document. The result from the command is shown or inserted into the text if inline has been chosen. There are some special code that you can include in your command: %%p to get the full path of the current document, %%d for the directory, %%s outputs the selected text to a temporary file and replaces that code with the path, %%t is replaced by the path to a writeable temporary directoty.
Comment or uncomment
Inserts a single-line comment character(s) e.g. // for a PHP-document at the beginning of the line or removes any existing comment. The menu item is only available if the language uses a single-line comment.
Invisible characters
Shows a symbol for characters that are usually not seen, e.g. space, tab and new-line.
Remove needless whitespace
Removes any possible spaces or tabs after the text and before the line break.

Regular Expressions

In Advanced Find you can use regular expressions to find and to replace whatever you want. Regular expressions are very powerful but also quite complicated to use properly. Below is a short list of some expressions you can use when searching but for a complete list you can go to:

^ Start of a string
$ End of a string
. Any character (except \n)
* 0 or more of previous expression
+ 1 or more of previous expression
? 0 or 1 of previous expression
\w Matches any word character
\W Matches any non-word character
\s Matches any white-space character
\S Matches any non-white-space character
\d Matches any decimal digit
\D Matches any nondigit
[abc] Matches any single character included in the set
[^abc] Matches any single character not in the set
[a-z] Contiguous character ranges
(a|b) a or b
ab{2} Matches two b characters

Release Notes

  • Added a Select More command to first select the current word, then the current line, then the whole document
  • Faster and more responsive syntax coloring
  • Fixed a possible problem with certain input sources
  • Better selection when double clicking on a part of a text separated with dots, such as
  • Fixed a few issues when using the highlight current line feature
  • Resolved a few problems in Advanced Find
  • Some improvements to auto completion
  • Some other small improvements
  • Some bug fixes

End User License Agreement for Smultron 8

By using the licensed or demo version of Smultron 8 you agree to the following: