PSPad is a programmers editor with support for multiple syntax highlighting profiles. It comes with a HEX editor, CP conversion, text differences, templates, macros, spellcheck option, auto-completion, and Code Explorer. The program is pre-configured for the most popular programming languages (VB, C++, SQL, PHP, ASP, and Python) and you can further customize the syntax settings.

PSPad features:

  • work with projects
  • work with several documents at the same time (MDI)
  • save desktop sessions to later reopen all session files
  • FTP client - edit files directly from the web
  • macro recorder to record, save and load macros
  • search and replace in files
  • text difference with color-coded differences highlighted
  • templates (HTML tags, scripts, code templates...)
  • installation contains templates for HTML, PHP, Pascal, JScript, VBScript, MySQL, MS-Dos, Perl,...
  • syntax highlighting according to file type
  • user-defined highlighters for exotic environments
  • auto correction
  • intelligent internal HTML preview using IE and Mozilla
  • full HEX editor
  • call different external programs for different environments
  • external compiler with output catcher, log window and log parser for an "IDE" effect in every environment
  • color syntax highlight printing and print preview
  • integrated TiDy library for formatting and checking HTML code, conversion to CSS, XML, XHTML
  • integrated free version of the top CSS editor TopStyle Lite
  • export with highlight to RTF, HTML, TeX format to file or clipboard
  • column block select, bookmarks, line numbers, ...
  • reformat and compress HTML code, tag character case change
  • line sorting with ability to sort on defined columns and drop duplicates
  • ASCII chart with HTML entities
  • Code explorer for Pascal, C/C++, INI, HTML, XML, PHP and more in development
  • spell checker
  • internal web browser with APACHE support
  • matching bracket highlighting
  • ...(many more features, too numerous to list)


  • Line duplicate (menu Edit) - in case when line isn't selected, the cursor stay in same position as before in new line
  • When PSPad is moved to another monitor, icon on taskbar follows application. I was forced to remove program name from PSPad window title to satisfy both groups of users.
  • Menu Encoding contains new submenu Unicode normalization with 2 items: Canonical Composition and Canonical Decomposition. Accented unicode char can be written as one char containing accent or as 2 chars - basic char followed by accent. These functions provide composition or decomposition of accented chars.
  • Program settings / Direct edit - new special option UnicodeComposition=1. This settings will automatically make Canonical composition when file is loaded. But note, it will significantly slow down file open speed!
  • Log window will mark "debug" line with green symbol
  • Scripting - new function markEditorLine(integer) - will paint sent line with same color as click in the LOG window
  • Scripting - running scripts are automatically terminated when PSPad is closing
  • Scripting - new function reloadUserHighlighter(name: string) - reloads user highlighter if loaded. Parametr means name of highlighter or name of definition file.
  • Find/Replace dialog - added possibility to store profiles
  • Word under cursor will be returned even cursor is behind the word
  • Scripting - added variables for getVarValue(): %File% (file name without extension), %Ext% (file extension)
  • Sample size for code page autodetection was increased from 8 000 to 25 000 chars
  • Windows Shell script highlighter - added over 100 new keywords
  • PSPad will inform you when config file save problem occurs.
  • Function Remove duplicated lines from menu Edit / Line manipulation works with selected text. If no text is selected, it works with whole file
  • Delete lines with bookmarks - new function in the Search menu or editor Context menu
  • New code explorer for Z80 assembler (file type FTAssem). New user highlighter Z80 Assembler, which replace existing Z80.
  • Sort (menu Edit) - function allows you sort by lines up to 3 defined columns
  • Find in files - results - optimalized drawing, added hint to show whole line
  • Code explorer for ftXML ignores IMAGE tag what is e.g. in SGML without close tag
  • User highlighter - added Euklid+ support
  • Hex editor - paste binnary text changed some chars
  • Hex editor - statusbar informations
  • On higher DPI menu items used small font (problem of developer tool)
  • Code explorer for Unix shell script didn't accept function names containing dot
  • Code explorer - click doesn't focus editor even it was set in Code explorer toolbar button
  • SpellCheck - excelption sometimes occured
  • TextDiff - exception sometimes on the last line
  • FTP - file list parsing - if year is missing and day and month are grater than now, i will consider last year
  • Code clips - problem with sorting and "ch" letter (slavic languages considers "ch" as one letter)
  • Code explorer for Autohotkey
  • Pascal Code explorer caused program hang up with some specific source content
  • PHP code beautifier needs existing file. New file caused program hang up
  • Export highlihted text to RTF
  • TextDiff - accidental exception on modified line
  • ISO 8859-2 - fix of code page autodetection
  • wrong PSPad version (32b vs 64b) in the window title
  • Oracle SQL highlighter and text literals
  • Dropper - fixed for 64b version
  • HEX editor - string is checked before paste for allowed hex chars
  • Find in files - in the search results tabulator disappeared
  • Windows Shell script - fixed highlighting of words containing "-"
  • Find in files results - invisible font with black background
  • Autohotkey Code explorer - function detection fix
  • Problem with screen repaint when switch PSPad and Chrome based browser
  • Impossibility to save file without extension. This will be possible when you change file type in save dialog to *.
  • Fixed problem with transient freezing joined with pair bracket highlighting
  • Autocomplete (Ctrl+J) in case of user highlighter with case insensitive keywords offers all words from highlighter definition as upper case
  • Repaint the ruller if PSPad dragged onto monitor with different DPI
  • for ASP doesn't require space after/before % char
  • Find in Files - after click on the Open file ikon in the search result window, file was open empty
  • TextDiff with file - handled encoding exception via file load
  • Taskbar thumbnail update
  • Many internal fixes related to unicode
  • WordWrap with highlight matching brackets caused exception in some cases

Download: PSPad | 7.5 MB (Freeware)
Download: PSPad Portable | 8.0 MB
Links: PSPad Homepage | PSPad Extensions

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