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I'm looking for an extremely lightweight text editor that opens almost instantly and uses very little memory on OSX.

I have TextWrangler and Sublime Text, but both of those editors take more than 10 seconds to open. They're great when I want to work on a serious project, but often I want to write or open a small text file while working on a non-programming task. For these, I want to be able to open a text editor within a split-second, write my file, and close the editor again shortly thereafter.

Moreover, Sublime Text, in particular, can slow down my computer when I have several other resource-intensive apps open, such as Chrome and Eclipse.

I want a text editor that won't slow my computer down any more, even when I'm already running a lot of large programs on it.

I want a text editor that shows me my text in black on white as soon as I open the app.

To recap:

  • very fast
  • lightweight
  • low memory

No need for extra features such as syntax highlighting, I'm not going to use it for programming.

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You can use TextEdit. It is included with all OSX editions, and works perfectly:

  • just edits text
  • opens instantly (it does for me)
  • low memory consumption
  • lightweight
  • shows text in black on white as soon as you open the app
  • free (it's included ;p)

To save, by default as plain text files, check the following links:

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FWIW,
I've recently started using "Brackets" on Mac OS, and find it suits my specific needs & usecase well; it takes ~ 5-7 seconds to open on Mac OS 10.12.6 (Sierra) on an old 2011 MBP, 2.5 GHz i7, 16gb RAM.

On a newer machine...

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