In this article we’ll just set you up with a bare minimum — a text editor and some modern web browsers.

Installing a text editor

You probably already have a basic text editor on your computer. By default Windows includes Notepad and OS X comes with TextEdit. Linux distros vary; Ubuntu comes with gedit by default.

For Web development, you can probably do better than Notepad or TextEdit. We recommend starting out with Notepad++ for Windows or Text Wrangler for the Mac. They’re both free and more full-featured than Notepad and TextEdit.

Installing modern web browsers

For now, we’ll just install a couple of desktop web browsers to test our code in. Choose your operating system below and click the relevant links to download installers for your favorite browsers:

Before going on, you should install at least two of these browsers and have them available for testing.