15 free tools for web developers

The life of a web developer isn’t easy. You’re expected to wear a lot of hats—to be a designer, UX specialist, programmer, and troubleshooter…all at the same time.

Fortunately there is an amazing and ever-expanding community of developers who are looking for ways to help one another out. And there are now an abundance of open source projects and freemium offerings from tech companies that provide a wide range of useful, no-cost tools that make a developer’s life a little bit easier.

So without further ado, here’s a tour of some of the best free tools for devs out there.

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1. Atom

The Atom text editor is one of the best around. Free and open source, Atom is extremely customizable, and comes with a range of useful features like smart code auto-completion, cross-platform editing capabilities, and find and replace. There’s also an optional IDE and even a “teletype” feature that lets you share your workspace with other programmers and collaborate on projects right from the editor.

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2. Chrome DevTools

Google Chrome is the number one desktop browser in the world. But it’s much more than that—it contains a powerful feature known as DevTools that allows developers to take a look “under the hood” of any web page the browser is displaying.

In addition to letting you see how any page is put together, DevTools also lets you edit pages in browser, so you can see how a given change to a webpage’s HTML or CSS would affect its appearance.

You can also debug JavaScript, diagnose network issues, and even get a peek at what the page would look like on various mobile devices. In fact, DevTools is so powerful that the only drawback is knowing how to start using it! But Google’s own documentation is pretty thorough, and there are plenty of good intros online.