I need a relatively simple WYSIWYG that will allow me to do a number of email compatible things. I tried wysihtml5 and some of it's offspring, but it doesn't cut it and modifying it would definitely take to much time.

What I need:

  • enclosing lines in paragraph tags
  • ability to align text left, right and center (using style attribute or at least just the outdated center)
  • changing text size (headers and regular text would be enough)
  • setting bold and italic (and maybe changing colors too)
  • inserting images (just img tags, but hopefully with alt and title attributes)
  • inserting links
  • some HTML mode, to directly modify the text code

This won't be used to compose whole emails, but just parts of them (otherwise I would need to support tables and other oddities), however I need those parts to be compatible with emails (hence the requirements).

P.S. I'm looking for a free solution. This will be running on a site, so were talking about a JS library or some such.

  • So I just discovered that it might be feasible to write some simple WYSIWYG myself using using ContentEditable (html5demos.com/contenteditable).
    – jahu
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 15:10
  • I tried writing my own and the start was quick, but in the long run I had to give up. Handling formatting and code injection is non-trivial.
    – jahu
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 13:26

1 Answer 1


I recommend CKEditor. You can choose between amount of necessary plugins for it so I think you can suit it the way you want to.


It fullfils following criteria:

  • it's free
  • has HTML edition mode
  • it's able to change standard formatting (font size, colors, bold/italic/underline/strike)
  • image and link insertion
  • aligning
  • JS library

Moreover it's customizable with plugins so you can remove/add other features.

EDIT2: I have some experience with CKEditor during my work experience (CKEditor was integrated with JS app and Liferay), so I tested it a lot and I was really "surprised" that it works similar (in some way) with desktop text editors.


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