I am looking for an online text editor to integrate into my website.

The Editor should be same as used in StackExchange sites while editing posts, Is the text editor in StackExchange sites open source, if not are there any open source alternative for this ?

It should have Code highlighter feature, and basic text editing features like bold, italics, blockquote, etc. – and must allow to be used on a commercial website.

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    SE sites use StackEdit, which produces Markdown content. So what format should the editor you want to use support?
    – Izzy
    Apr 6, 2016 at 7:27
  • @Izzy Is stackEdit opensource? Can i use it in my commercial website without any charges? Apr 6, 2016 at 7:34
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    It is open source, yes. I don't know about commercial use (and your question didn't ask for that (I've just added that ;)
    – Izzy
    Apr 6, 2016 at 7:42

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If you ever need just plain text the simplest solution is to use Schrib


But for what you described, I recommend StackEdit.

  • It has code highlighting
  • Bold, italics, underline, quotes, images, HTML...
  • Uses pretty much the same syntax as StackExchange
  • Nice design
  • Has it's source code here.


Also if you only need to include it in your website you can use CKEditor (also open source). It is designed to be included in websites so you can just copy-paste the thing into the website and it would work.

  • Is StackEdit open source, I,e can I use it in my commercial website? Apr 6, 2016 at 7:32
  • @Sandeep Yes it's open source. Answer updated.
    – jan
    Apr 6, 2016 at 7:38

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