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I've got a team of web programmers that need to edit HTML and CSS that is stored on a linux server. They're all using Windows on their desktops. Rather than either teaching them to use vi/vim in a shell window or editing locally and copying using an SFTP client, I think it'd be easier to install a text editor which can transparently do the network negotiation.

To reiterate, here are the requirements:

  • Runs on Windows
  • Can open file over sftp/ssh
  • syntax highlighting for css/html
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Aptana has all of those features and more, although a bit heavier than a text editor. Normally I'd recommend Notepad++, but it doesn't seem to have an SFTP plugin yet, only FTP.

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Notepad++ does not appear to support SFTP through the NppFTP plugin. See: stackoverflow.com/a/8182099/1314 –  akmad Aug 10 '12 at 8:01
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Komodo Edit

Komodo Edit comes with a built in FTP, SFTP and SCP client and ticks all your other boxes, and more, including the best feature for me which is that it is cross platform.

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Better to mount the ssh server as a drive and use the editor(s) they know. This answer will explain how.

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The free jEdit editor is a cross-platform, Java-based editor that supports remote editing (FTP and SFTP) with a plugin.

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I found this question as I was having the same problem myself. Then I found out that my favourite editor e-TextEditor could edit files remotely via SSH, awesome!

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I use Kedit for this. It supports text files on Windows, MAC & Unix and can convert between them. It is also a smart editor with programmable language support that has the capability of editing over 100 files simultaneously.

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I have been using PSPad for a couple of years now. It has syntax highlighting, but only FTP, not SFTP.

But I am currently switching to Eclipse with Remote System Explorer. I did it, because Eclipse is more comfortable for programming PHP than PSPad is. It supports SFTP and connections with SSH.

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VI is your answer to everything. It will even do syntax highlighting.

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It is a good solution, if your users know how to use it. He mentions it in the second sentence though. –  John T Apr 15 '10 at 15:24
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Yeah, these are not hard core techies. Introducing vi is not a hassle I want to deal with. I'm an emacs guy and emacs will do everything I'm asking, but I'm not going to introduce that either. –  Doug Harris Apr 15 '10 at 15:32
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Ah, so he does. I missed that. Still, picking up the basics is not hard and it is an incredibly versatile text editor. Best of luck in your search. –  Josh K Apr 15 '10 at 15:50
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