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The Best Code Snippet Managers For Devs

By James LePage
 on June 29, 2021
Last modified on January 7th, 2022

The Best Code Snippet Managers For Devs

By James LePage
 on June 29, 2021
Last modified on January 7th, 2022

If you're a developer, chances are you have a ton of code snippets (php, JS, css...) that you use all the time. Instead of keeping them in plain text documents, there are several programs that make it easy to manage all of this code. In this article, we will be talking about the best code snippet managers for developers. This article will cover both online and offline solutions.

Masscode

massCode is a free and open source code snippet manager for developers. While it is relatively simple, it offers all of the features that anybody would need to manage their code on a Mac. Do you have the ability to organize by folders and tags. Each snippet then has fragments, which are essentially tabs giving even greater control over this organization.

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Under the hood, they are using the popular Monaco code editor from Microsoft, which has support for IntelliSense, validation for TypeScript, JavaScript, CSS, LESS, SCSS, JSON, HTML. They also added Emmet and Prettier to help with productivity and code cleanliness .

Additional services include a search, Trey assistant, markdown, auto save, and synchronization with drives such as Google, iCloud, and dropbox.

Oh, and it's free.

Dash For Mac

Dash gives your Mac instant offline access to 200+ API documentation sets.

You can use this tool to download these documentation sets, ensuring that you are able to code and develop off-line. Dash continually update these. While that is the main selling point, they also have a robust snippet manager which allows you to store, reviews, expand into any app, organize with tags, and utilize variable and special placeholders within.

By combining these two powerful features, the documentation browser, and the snippet manager, you should be able to create anything off-line. This is a great solution if you are traveling, and have no Internet for example on an airplane, but still want to continue being productive.

Dash costs you $29 as a lifetime purchase.

Snipp.in

Snipp.in is an in-browser snippet manager and editor. It's online, which makes sharing of code very easy. For example, if you need help in debugging something from another developer, it's easy to paste directly into here, and share with somebody.

You can quickly create files, documents, or folders. You have access to a pretty well featured file explorer as well as a search.

It's free, and can be compared to a very stripped back version of Microsoft VS code.

3Cols

This one is a very well featured snippet manager, and may be the best offer in on this list. It's completely free, and allows you to manage and share codes snippets on the cloud.

Because it's on the cloud, you can access your snippets anywhere, but you can also install it as a chrome application. There's a very well featured search, the ability to make everything private, the ability to collaborate with others, organizational management, a library of public snippets, and a new API.

CodePen

One of the best places to write, store, and share code online is CodePen.io. It's an interactive platform that allows you to develop and view HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, online. The accounts are free, though everything you do will be made public. If you want privacy, an additional features that will allow you to create entire projects online, you'll need to pay for the premium version.

We really enjoy this platform because it's great for inspiration and to see how other people are doing things. Many of our codes and snippets are hosted and shared through this. It's very easy to embed it into blog posts, and share links with developer collaborators. A drawback is that it doesn't support PHP.

Wrapping Up

We hope that this article gave you a few good examples of the best code snippet managers for developers. This covers everything from paid software to cloud hosted snippet management to open source basic tools. If you have any additional suggestions, feel free to leave it in the comment section below.

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