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Ionic Editors

Editors are software programs that allow the user to create and edit text files. In the development field, editors usually refer to the source code editors that include many special features for writing and editing code. Some of the common editors used on Windows OS are Notepad and WordPad, whereas vi, emacs, pico are the editors on Unix OS.

We know that Ionic built on ES6 and TypeScript, so your editors or IDE must support these new languages. The most popular editors and IDEs, which give you the most effective support for the Ionic application development are:

  • VS Code
  • WebStorm
  • Atom
  • ALM
  • Angular IDE by Webclipse

Let us see each IDE one by one.

Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code or VS Code editor is a new and popular editor for developing the Ionic application. It provides very rich support for ES6 syntax, as well as TypeScript support. It can also prompt the user to include typescript definition files and downloaded them from Definitely Typed. The VS code editor is free and allows us to works on macOS, Windows, and Linux.

To download the VS Code, click here.


WebStorm is a powerful and intelligent IDE that provides coding assistance for JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and a wide range of modern web technologies. It is a paid IDE, which provides many features, such as advanced refactoring support, smart code insight, an automatic compilation of code, and gulp/grunt/webpack support. It also comes with support for ES6 and TypeScript, as well as Ionic and Angular syntax support.

To download WebStorm, click here.


Atom is free, open-source, and cross-platform text and source code editor built on web technologies. GitHub develops it. The initial release of Atom was in February 2014. It is fully customizable in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The developer of Atom editor calls it a "hackable text editor for the 21st Century". It allows the user to install third-party packages and themes for customizing the features and looks of the editor. It has many plugins for making ES6 and TypeScript development very easy. If any of the functionality is not provided by Atom or a plugin, you can make it yourself using JavaScript. The Atom editor can work on macOS, Linux, and Windows.

To download Atom, click here.


ALM is a free and open-source IDE built for TypeScript development. It is the best IDE for TypeScript. It can be run on any computer, which has a chrome browser and Node. The ALM IDE can be hosted on the server and used on any computer system which has internet access. It is easy to use and can be installed using single command npm install alm -g.

To download ALM, click here.

Angular IDE by Webclipse

Angular IDE by Webclipse is a free IDE built specifically for Angular and TypeScript development. It provides integrated terminal support helping with Node and NPM management. It also provides advanced support for HTML coding along with Angular CLI. Out of the box, it includes code completion and validation for ES6, typescript, and Angular HTML templates.

To download Angular IDE, click here.

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