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Text Editor for very big file - Windows

The title is self explanatory. Windows & Mac software would be welcomed.

From what I've been told because the file is so big a normal text editor like smultron can't open the whole thing.

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marked as duplicate by alex, Diago Oct 17 '09 at 8:33

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There have been a few questions detailing this: superuser.com/questions/4044/…, superuser.com/questions/34749/…. –  alex Oct 17 '09 at 7:47

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For Windows:

  • Wordpad can open files hundreds of Mbs in size. This is one, already present in your system, possibility.
  • Notepad++ has similar functionality, it also has a new setting since version 5.0 that limits smart highlighting to files under 1.5 Mb.

For Mac:

  • I've been opening 50Mb files in TextMate. I can probably open much larger ones.
  • TextWrangler can open very large files as reported here. Incidentally these limitations shouldn't be much different from the Windows editors above.
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I've gotten files around 95/100MB open with Textmate. –  Jason Oct 17 '09 at 1:07

I do like Notepad++ for Windows. Vim would also work and is cross-platform (although not as user friendly as it's a vi clone)

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sorry the file is 160MB not 1MB, I was given the wrong info. –  cust0s Oct 17 '09 at 0:21

Try db Software Laboratory's Database Browser. It is portable and works with the following databases: Oracle, MS Sql Server, ODBC, MySql, PostgreSQL, Interbase and Firebird.

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I had a text file a few months ago that was almost 2 GB. Notepad++ couldn't do it, but the free JujuEdit handled it with ease.

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