Free Cross-Browser WYSIWYG editor

The ultimate WYSIWYG editor for your web-based applications and forms.

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The Ultimate Textarea Replacement.

Finally, a free cross-browser WYSIWYG editor that’s packed with every rich-text editing feature you need to make your content management system that much better.

Setting up openWYSIWYG is so easy, you can quickly turn any < textarea > into a powerful WYSIWYG editor with just a few simple lines of code.

Packed with every rich text editing feature you need, openWYSIWYG gives you total control over formatting your text. The ultimate < textarea > replacement for your content management system.


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What makes openWYSIWYG so unique?

Editing Enviornment

Powerful Editing Environment


    • Loads extremely fast. Completely written in JavaScript and DHTML. No server side code (like PHP) required!
    • Easily view HTML source code and make “in code” adjustments.
    • Manage documents similar to Word. Bold, italicize, change the color of your text, and more.
    • Create numbered and bulleted lists.
    • Insert images, create tables, and link text.

Editing Enviornment

Enhanced Table Creation


Easily and quickly create tables, and customize them the way you want! With several properties to choose from, set the border style, border width, cell padding, shading color, table width, and much more.


Cross-Browser Compatible


openWYSIWYG is compatible with the most popular internet browsers, meaning your users will have no trouble making use of it. These browsers include: IE 5.5+ (Windows), Firefox 1.0+, Mozilla 1.3+ and Netscape 7+.


Coded Entirely in JavaScript

Regardless of what language you use to code your web applications, openWYSIWYG will work. openWYSIWYG is coded entirely in client side JavaScript, so it will work with any web programming language, including:

  • PHP
  • ASP
  • Perl
  • Java
  • Cold Fusion

Formatting Preview

Dropdowns with Formatting Preview


Make absolutely no mistakes. You can see what your font type and font size looks like as you’re selecting it. openWYSIWYG’s dropdowns look great and will work without a hitch!

Open Source

Open Source Licensing

openWYSIWYG is an open source application, meaning you’ll have access to the full source code to modify or customize it to your needs. Add new features, change the styles, or even optimize the code. It’s entirely up to you.

Also, because the code is distributed under the LGPL Open Source license, you can distribute it in your web application and pay absolutely no licensing fees. It’s entirely free!


Sleek User Interface


openWYSIWYG comes with a professional and sleek user interface. You will be able to instantly recognize what the different icons are used for. Each icon is designed to be color highlighted when mousing over, making it even easier to know which feature you’re using.