5 Best Online Collaborative Text Editors 2018

Collaborating with others online has never been easier.  Whether that be for interview purposes, team coding session, or easy code sharing, these five online collaborative text editors are worth your consideration.


CodeShare is extremely useful for remote hiring purposes, code reviews, debugging sessions, etc. One differentiator from CodeShare is that it also allows you to talk over video, which in some cases can prove to be quite beneficial.

You are required to port code over from your local development environment and it should be noted that code is only saved for 24 hours unless an account is created.


Codeanywhere provides a variety of useful features for coding on the go. It comes with an intuitive editor, allows you to connect remotely, has a built-in terminal console, and provides the ability to track revisions.

Codeanywhere does come with a free tier however also has plans starting at $2/month going to $40/month.


CodePen is already known as a quite collaborative platform. You can create pens directly on the CodePen platform and share them with others. However, CodePen also comes with a Collab Mode which allows you and other collaborators to edit a pen at the same time.

Although Collab Mode does require a PRO subscription for the pen creator, collaborators aren’t required to pay in order to make edits. Furthermore, this mode also comes with a handy chat feature so that you can discuss any changes with your team in real-time.


Over a dozen languages are supported for syntax highlighting and execution. Code execution works with all of the available languages and shows you the output on the side.

Please note you will need to register to be able to create collaborative code bunks.


Develop code with portable Docker runtimes. Workspaces “dev mode” production adding intellisense, debuggers and desktop sync. Create teams for sharing at codenvy.io or in a private install.