13 Excellent Open Source Tools for Web Designers

Open source applications and tools are a great alternative for web designers on a budget. Many open source tools have comparable features to the expensive applications, and are also free. This makes it possible possible for a web designer to have all the tools and applications needed to complete everyday tasks without even spending a cent. In this article you will find 13 of the best open source tools for web designers.

Text Editors

Aptana Studio

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Aptana is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, along with thousands of additional plugins created by the community.


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KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.


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Notepad++ is a source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. It runs on Windows and is governed by a GPL License.


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Firebug is a plugin for Firefox that allows you to edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

Quanta Plus

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Quanta Plus is a highly stable and feature rich web development environment.


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jEdit is a cross platform text editor with hundreds of person-years of development behind it.

Graphics Applications


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GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package. It’s considered by many to be an excellent alternative to Photoshop.


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Dia is a cross operating system diagram creation application.


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Krita is a graphics application for everyone who wants to get creative with images.


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Inkscape is a vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Adobe Illustrator.



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FileZilla is probably the most popular ftp application. You can download a client or server version.


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Cyberduck is an FTP client built for the Mac.


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WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows.


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