10 Best Alternatives To Adobe Dreamweaver

10 Best Alternatives To Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe has many different applications and software specifically catered for designers, videographers, photographers and developers such as InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, Photoshop etc. While Adobe Creative Suite has served well for many people, there are always other alternatives available in the market too, whether it’s free or premium. Today, we would like to show some alternatives for another Adobe product – Dreamweaver.

Dreamweaver is a well-known application for website development, available for PC or MAC, and is usable as either a WYSIWYG or direct code editor. It can display a split view for both modes on-screen. It handles site management, active content from Flash to Javascript, XML, CSS2, and more. Pages can also be previewed using the built-in browser or the user’s choice. Auto-completion of code during entry, and color-coded highlights allow easy visual debugging of code.

Dreamweaver is not available for Linux, UNIX, or smartphone/tablet operating systems. Many alternative applications exist, since Dreamweaver, considered an expensive editor, is generally at a price of between $300 and $500 USD.

However there are other good alternatives for DreamWeaver, such as Website Builders & WooCommerce.

Best Alternatives To Adobe Dreamweaver

Here are 10 best alternatives to Adobe Dreamweaver:

1. Quanta Plus

A free, open source, Linux-based program, which closely resembles the Dreamweaver environment, with similar features for supporting JavaScript, CSS2, XForms, RSS, etc. Features syntax highlighting support for PHP, HTML, JavaScript, Perl, XML and others. However, there is no direct support for SVG or HTML5.

Quanta Plus

There are drop down menus and auto completion for parsing linked documents from CSS to PHP. As a tag editor, Quanta can remove hard-coded HTML and will plug-in the same as XML and other tag languages. It requires a plugin for SVN (Apache).

2. Aptana

Aptana is open source, built on Java, free, and supported on Windows, Mac, Linux and BSD. Like Dreamweaver, it has similar support for common web coding languages, including Ruby on Rails, and applications for Apple iPhone can also be developed. There is no WYSIWYG editor, no spell check, and no support for RSS, Atom, or Xpath.


It’s not as capable in JavaScript debugging or PHP development, since the autocomplete does not recognize objects. There is no Internet Explorer preview for Mac or Linux users.

3. CoffeeCup HTML Editor

Priced at $69 and only supported on Windows with no support for Java, MathML, XForms or Xpath. For Mac users, they can get the OS X Web Editor. Like Dreamweaver, it has code completion to auto suggest tags. Features support for HTML5, PHP, XHTML, and CSS3 with 3 editor options, code, visual and a preview editor.

CoffeeCup HTML Editor

The first editor to support JavaScript, split-screen editing or to have a built-in FTP. Has a website color scheme chooser for picking a color and have other appropriate colors to match.

4. OpenBEXI

This is an open source, free, WYSIWYG editor compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux with a browser-based interface. Designed to drag and drop widgets including images, text, graphs, and more. Includes FTP upload and allows server-side scripting. However, it is difficult to get objects to work when added to a page and you need to use a server.


It allows for creating a Mac style menu, you can create line, pie and bar charts plus it supports RSS. However, it does not support MathML, Xpath, or shared editing.

5. Bluefish

Bluefish is free, open source, compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD, and Unix systems. There is no WYSIWYG editor feature and you cannot do shared editing. Multiple browsers are useful to check work. However it is similar to Dreamweaver’s support for developing HTML, XHTML, CSS, etc, and in addition it supports Google Go, Vala, ColdFusion, Ruby and Shell. It has auto-recovery of changes after a crash as well as a FTP upload, server-side scripting, spell checker and page preview feature.


6. Microsoft Expression Web

Tech support is available only for those who bought the program, as it is now a free application. It runs on Windows only, has the same editor features of Dreamweaver and a similar interface, with WYSIWYG and hard code panes. It has support for W3C for designing for people with disabilities.

Microsoft Expression Web

It does not support XForms or SVG. Not as helpful to those new to CSS or AJAX, as there are no drag-and-drop features, drawing tools, wizards, or drop-down menus.

7. Amaya

Free, open source, compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. Features a WYSIWYG editor, spell checking, page preview, SVG, and MathML. However, does not support Frames, Java, JavaScript, XSLT, XForms, RSS, or Atom, with only partial support for CSS2. Requires a high-resolution monitor, to view all features.


There is no FTP support, and it is not an intuitive interface, because many standard keys such as HOME and END do not move the cursor to the start and end of lines, as other editors do.

8. Microsoft Visual Web Developer

This software is free, supported only by Windows, and has a WYSIWYG editor as well as a code view. It supports the same editor features as Dreamweaver but offers no support for SVG or for XForms. It does not offer color coding for syntax and has no spell checker, unless you have the paid version.

Microsoft Visual Web Developer

However, it does have a drag-and-drop feature, includes a local testing server for creating dynamic webpages, and it can open Internet Explorer as a tab within it.

9. KompoZer

KompoZer is free, open-source, compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, and BSD. Features a WYSIWYG editor that is similar to Dreamweaver, can also edit by hand, but does not support server-side scripting, shared editing, frames, XSLT, MathML, XForms, RSS, Atom, XPath, or SVG.


Support for tabbed editing of multiple pages opened in one window, built-in FTP, including a color picker for grabbing hex values. However, adding Flash objects is not as easy as with Dreamweaver and it does not work with Dreamweaver templates.

10. BlueGriffon

This is a free, open source, WYSIWYG editor compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. FTP is available only with an add-on. It supports page preview, spell checking, templates, web fonts, and includes an SVG editor for drawing vector graphics within the application.


Requires the purchase of some features separately, such as a project manager, CSS style-sheet editor, and full-screen viewer; this is to support future development, but there are many features that are free. It has a similar interface to a word processor and is much like that of Kompozer’s.


When choosing an editor, price, features, and the available support are important factors to consider. A free editor may serve your needs, but may also be unsupported or require paid add-ons for full functionality.

Do you use Adobe Dreamweaver or another similar application? Do you think these products are a good alternative to Dreamweaver? Please feel free to share your views and thoughts.

Aidan Huang is a web enthusiast and ingenious blogger who loves all things design, interesting and technology. He is the editor-in-chief at Onextrapixel and have founded several other interesting blogs. Do keep in touch with him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.


    • rikvanderkemp,
    • June 18, 2013
    / Reply

    I would suggest putting WebStorm at the top of this list. http://www.jetbrains.com/webstorm/. Price and feature wise this is by far the best choice as an alternative to DreamWeaver! And no I am not affiliated with them :-P.

      • Lesberatti,
      • November 16, 2013
      / Reply

      The page doesn’t exist WTF, teens always messin around

        • aidanoxp,
        • November 16, 2013
        / Reply

        Hi Lesberatti, it’s an error in the url. I’ve removed the extra ‘)’ and now it is showing correctly. You can try now. Thanks.

        • Shawn Rebelo,
        • January 15, 2015
        / Reply

        ^^ Love when people speak utter nonsense when they are angry.

      • Derlon Aliendres,
      • December 17, 2013
      / Reply

      Just to say that a I think the autor has forget/leave out Nvu :O

        • Atwas911,
        • June 7, 2015
        / Reply

        NVU is Komposer.

      • sunbeamrapier,
      • May 28, 2014
      / Reply

      Nah – its a javascript editor. There is no wysiwyg view. For simple pages with CSS this is hopeless.

    • Stephan Lueck,
    • June 18, 2013
    / Reply

    you forget sublime Text 2/3

      • tinkertrain,
      • June 18, 2013
      / Reply

      Sublime Text is a code editor, not a wysiwyg editor like those in the article

  1. / Reply

    NO! I would say none of them is an alternative to Dreamweaver.

    Also DW is so much more than a WYSIWYG, and has been for years. Could everyone maybe stop bashing it as that already, why not try it before you diss it… ;)

      • surya10633,
      • July 20, 2013
      / Reply

      By the way you are absolutely right. No software can compete with DW. Love the DW mcuh.

      • mkoster,
      • August 30, 2013
      / Reply

      I also agree with Surya10633, but there are several reasons why you would look for an alternative. I use Dreamweaver on a constant basis, but when away from my desk and on a machine that is not licensed, an free alternative is warranted. In most cases it has nothing to do with bashing DW as a product, in most cases its simply to find a cost effective alternative in the meantime, at least that’s all I look at it as. Nothing can replace DW, but not everyone can afford to have it on every system (In my case I am in charge of over 30).

      1. / Reply

        I agree totally. I use Sublime (and Netbeans) more than often.
        The bashing usually happens in comments, and most often from people who probably haven’t tried the application since the ’90s or something *hahah*

      • swisschris,
      • October 21, 2013
      / Reply

      I’m not a pro, but I’ve used DW for years now. The version I have is no longer compatible with OSX 10.8 so I need to upgrade. But it seems I can’t buy the software any more, I have to licence it via the ‘Creative Cloud’. Call me old-fashioned, but I just want to buy a program and install it. Plus i’m finding it impossible to obtain from Switzerland, where I live. Adobe’s local website keeps shooting me back to the US site.
      That’s why I’m looking for an alternative. And none of these begins to fit the bill.

        • sunbeamrapier,
        • May 28, 2014
        / Reply

        I am in the same boat! My version of Dreamweaver is CS4 but I can only install the software from disk – all the upgrades have been removed from Adobe’s site so it is very buggy… I don’t use it enough to pay monthly, but when I want to create a site I want something with the bells and whistles provided by DW. Still looking…

          • Steve,
          • April 29, 2016
          / Reply

          Adobe should allow the option for users to subscribe to CC apps without updates. After subscribing for however many years it takes to pay for them, and simply forfeiting all updates along the way, one could then keep them. If users ever want those updates, they could choose to subscribe again for how ever many years again, then cancel with that new version also without any future updates. Seems pretty simple and would attract more holdouts, while allowing users to stay somewhat current, and avoid them seeking alternatives.

          As the CC model is now, it only benefits full time designers and businesses who can continually profit from it.

      1. / Reply

        I’m right there with you! Have been using DW for years and now that I need to upgrade I’m not keen to “rent” via the Creative Cloud. What did you end up doing?? Please advise!

      • Shawn Rebelo,
      • January 15, 2015
      / Reply

      It is utter crap now. It is so bad is make hell look like heaven. Boostrap3 makes it cry all day. So many lock ups. Has no idea WTF HTML5/design view is. Ever since their new release, my copy has been bugging out continuously. Loosing settings, configs ect… Used to love this, now…. o cant stand it! Especially since Adobe took it over. Slowly, slowly rolling down hill.

      • Allen Morrison,
      • June 10, 2015
      / Reply

      Thanks. I use Dreamweaver CS6 all the time and like it. But I’m running OS 10.7.5 and I want to upgrade, but DW won’t run in anything higher. What should I do?

  2. / Reply

    Where is Sublime Text??? I think its the most used editor after DW and Coda.

    • crs,
    • July 14, 2013
    / Reply

    I use dreamweaver. I’ve used
    BBedit for years, but thought I’d give Dreamweaver a try to see what all
    the fuss what about. I downloaded a trial and was awed from the

    There is a certain sense of satisfaction from hand coding,
    but lets be honest here, we like to make money. The faster we do sites,
    the more sites we can do. The more sites we code equals more money,

    Plus, why would someone be okay with using bootstrap and not be okay with using dreamweaver?

      • Bobby Stranger,
      • May 10, 2014
      / Reply

      Agreed. I also like the responsive element of DW – which nothing else really beats.

      • Shawn Rebelo,
      • January 15, 2015
      / Reply

      Because bootstrap makes Dreamweaver have spaz attacks? May not for you, (No, your not special) but for me it has turned into crap ever since the release of all this new stuff they are doing.

  3. / Reply

    You could add Activestate Komodo to this list, both the free (Komodo Edit) and the paying versions. Great app, with tons of features.

  4. / Reply

    my point exactly!

    • Tim,
    • September 29, 2013
    / Reply

    I agree. I don’t think a lot of programmers understand that when you create web coding software (no matter how good it is) and then you build an incredibly terrible website with it, it makes your software look terrible as well. For instance, I am not downloading Bluefish even if they paid me to do it, because judging by how their site looks, I am not going to be able to create anything that looks nice with it (even though I could).

    • disqus_UY8mKjvkf9,
    • November 26, 2013
    / Reply

    I can do all the coding in dreamweaver you did in notepad and more. It CAN be training wheels but it can be an excellent development tool for top developers. Just because you can do it the hard way doesn’t mean you should or have to.

      • Benjamin Schran,
      • December 6, 2013
      / Reply

      I totally agree with you disqus, even though it is a WYWIWYG it also is a good way to speed up hard coding. I have used notepad, notepad++, and many others like that but dreamweaver gives you features like on the fly debugging, It trys to flag when your code is broken, auto complete… and much more. So yes you can take all that time doing every bit of code then bash your head about what you broke and finally find it or use a tool that can help you avoid alot of those problems.

      Is it perfect, no. Does it help make the job alot easier. Heck yeah

        • www.codedcontainer.com,
        • December 27, 2013
        / Reply

        You should try using Sublime Text editor.

      • Steve,
      • April 29, 2016
      / Reply

      Advanced developers don’t care what their sites look like. They code them, upload them, and visitors barf when they see them No training wheels required.

  5. / Reply

    May we suggest openElement? We’re a humble tech startup and developed what we think is a powerful and intuitive tool for creative professionals. It offers a slew of advanced features, including code view and responsive design. It is free and currently available on Windows. Thanks!

      • Geovanny Morillo,
      • February 22, 2014
      / Reply

      i really like your site great design

    1. / Reply

      You can’t use openElement to maintain an existing site since it uses the extension .ope; and there isn’t any easy way to convert an existing site, except to cut & paste. It can’t even see a htm file. Plus almost all the help is in French!

      • sunbeamrapier,
      • May 28, 2014
      / Reply

      maybe when you have a Mac version…

      • Veronyka Munteanu,
      • May 7, 2016
      / Reply

      I like that, too.

    • carsten888,
    • February 25, 2014
    / Reply

    I’ve used MACROMEDIA Dreamweaver 8 professionally for the past 15 years (frontend webdeveloping and PHP programming). Sure, the wysiwig is childplay (I only use code view) but the search and replace options are brilliant. I have tried to find others like Dreamweaver (also for Linux) and installed most of those editors on this page and more.

    NOT ONE has the find & replace options this 15 year old DW got:

    – ‘find in selected files’ I use this like 10+ times a day, can not work without this.

    – search multi-line codes, NOT JUST ONE LINE, seriously! In just about all editors you can just search for 1 line.

    NO OTHER editor has anything like a site-definition and a file-tree, which you can just change to a different site with a dropdown. And the custom snippets of code, you can assign hot-keys to, not seen that anywhere else.

    I recently had a peek at Dreamweaver cs3, which is far more recent, but could not find any changes which where relevant for what I use it for. Its like Adobe did not touch it at all.

    I’m sticking with my MACROMEDIA Dreamweaver 8.

      • Strider Collins,
      • June 13, 2014
      / Reply

      I use dreamweaver 8 also and damn I don’t want another editor but it has
      crashed now and the stupid install disks are in storage… and you are
      right the search on 8 is phenomenal … I thought of using creative
      cloud but it doesn’t like my xp sp3 and I don’t like any of the other
      windows operating systems so I am sol I suppose…

      ps… your signup/registration colors suck… you can’t see them

      • laptopleon,
      • February 21, 2015
      / Reply

      Since DreamWeaver 8 CS2 is from 2005, only a decade ago now, I wouldn’t be surprised if it would not even be possible to install and run it on a recent version of OS X (or Windows for that matter). So, not a very helpful comment for people looking for a replacement for DreamWeaver IMHO.

      Also, I know at least another editor with a file-tree and most editors can do multi-line search and replace. You might have to use escape codes or just copy-paste the lines.

      The reason I avoided DW at that time is that it used to crash ten times an hour.

    • Luis Lobo Borobia,
    • April 2, 2014
    / Reply

    you should add Google Web Designer

    • Sev_RC,
    • April 21, 2014
    / Reply

    Brackets is my favourite, no wysiwyg but all other things I need or want to have -> http://brackets.io/

    • Jay,
    • May 9, 2014
    / Reply

    i just use DW with wine, works 100%

    • Jason Slover,
    • July 25, 2014
    / Reply

    If you know code inside and out it doesn’t matter what you use but real die hard people will use just a simple text editor thats how I learned its what I suggest before you get a app that does auto fill and stuff also as far as the list goes bluefish, and quanta plus are both very good web dev apps!!!

    • Kristofer,
    • October 4, 2014
    / Reply

    Wow, so many comments… and all of them suck. Listen guys, we are not here to sing praises to Adobe Products. Let’s face facts, most people like adobe, but the price tag is something else. The creative cloud does a lot to open this up, but some of us are still on a budget. Now how about some of you so called “Veteran Coders” give us something helpful. If you have experience with any of these programs then please share. If you want to continue to compare them to dreamweaver then do so, but include information about the programs listed so that people who come to this site can make an informed decision.

    As it is, I am off to try blue fish because two of the comments stated that they have tried it and it was good, if a bit more clunky than dreamweaver.

    • Shawn Rebelo,
    • January 15, 2015
    / Reply

    ROFL! Because that is the most important thing when ‘coding’ a website/ How beautiful the application you are using looks. Oh god, i just laughed my ass into next week!

      • Albert Gon,
      • January 20, 2015
      / Reply

      Funny, I remember a conversation that I had with another developer a couple of years back. We were comparing the SASS vs LESS websites, and I said, if I was to choose a framework used to support design of a website, I would not choose the one whose website looks so ugly (I think that distinction went to the website for LESS).

      If the devs don’t know how to build a beautiful website with their own tools, there is nothing that makes me think they know what it takes to do so, and therefore it might not be included in their solution.

      A stupid analogy that came to mind would be: if Ferrari made really crappy F1 race cars that never won a race, and then they ask you to spend a quarter of a million dollars on a sports car they promise is the best out there. I’d rather choose a sports car from a company that actually wins races. I’d rather choose a DESIGN tool based on a company that actually knows how to DESIGN.

    • Shawn Rebelo,
    • January 15, 2015
    / Reply

    That was the a pretty dumb thing to say. You must be proud of your ignorance! IGNORAMUSES UNITE!!! I to am trained by coding by hand. Am I an uber god too? Can I talk as if I am a super duper bad ars programmer with super ninja kung-fu skills?

      • Albert Gon,
      • February 4, 2015
      / Reply

      Only if you use vim or emacs.

    • Shawn Rebelo,
    • January 15, 2015
    / Reply

    own it, used it for years. Am one of the ‘Notepad Coders’ More so Crimson Editor. Went back and forth. This app is CRAP now. LOL, WTF is html5 design view? I am supposed to display what now? Uh der.

    • Shawn Rebelo,
    • January 15, 2015
    / Reply

    Warning, all comments below are NO HELP at all what so ever. Just complaints and people saying how uber they are. Typical ‘God like’ mentality

    • threestarsandasun,
    • January 31, 2015
    / Reply

    i code in notepad++ and notepad I just use dreamweaver if I got the right path for my css,js,etc also for auto suggestions .:P

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    • turf,
    • July 20, 2015
    / Reply

    I need to buy a number of seats and don’t care if the software costs $3000 per seat – I just want something as good as Dreamweaver that I can buy outright instead of by subscription. Given THAT criteria, as opposed to something like “best free alternative to dreamweaver”, is there anything comparable?

    • Louise,
    • August 9, 2015
    / Reply

    Please could anyone recommend a nice little straightforward freeware HTML creation and editing tool – I’d like to start learning and maybe set up a little garden website for myself. I am not looking to be ultra sophisticated at this stage :) (Ps thanks for the decsiptions of some examples above – I just need advice on the best option for someone wanting to learn HTML – so basically I am a newbie)

    • malresser,
    • February 2, 2016
    / Reply

    this was one sloppy article the images not from the software but “the website picture of the software” that is meaningless

      • aidanoxp,
      • February 16, 2016
      / Reply

      Hi malresser, thank you for the feedback. We are discussing the usability of the software not their appearance. You can always check out each of the software to see what they look like.

        • malresser,
        • April 22, 2016
        / Reply

        so no need to picture of their website genius

          • aidanoxp,
          • May 19, 2016
          / Reply

          We rather put a face to the product we are showing, no-so genius.

    • nico_itsuo,
    • May 2, 2016
    / Reply

    i’ve been looking for a software capable of show svg, css, javascript and jquery, all in one, and not those typical code readers, which seriously does nothing but show you the text color, rather than actually doing something aka aptana

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