I am working in 2 environments (Mac & Windows). Once I have problem with invisible characters in Windows and notepad++'s "show all characters" feature helped me a lot in displaying the invisible character (which turns out to be LF).

Is there any text editor or any application in Mac that has similar feature? I specifically liked this "show all characters" with whitespace, tab, and CR-LF characters. Other common text editor features I can find in either Atom, Sublime Text, or VS Code and I am pretty happy with them.


BBEdit is a really great Mac text editor, and can show invisible characters. http://www.barebones.com

  • does it include whitespace, tabs, CR, LF? – addicted Feb 22 '18 at 3:16
  • It's free to download and try. You don't even have to pay to keep using it in "free" mode. Try it and see if it has what you are looking for. – Chris Paveglio Feb 22 '18 at 13:39
  • I tried it and it is able to show LF or CR character. But notepad++ is clearer in color-coding. – addicted Feb 23 '18 at 6:52
  • Try Atom (atom.io) this also has loads of themes available. – unknowndomain Feb 24 '18 at 1:00

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