BabelPad (Unicode Text Editor for Windows)


BabelPad is a free Unicode text editor for Windows that supports the proper rendering of most complex scripts, and allows you to assign different fonts to different scripts in order to facilitate multi-script text editing. It also provides many useful features and special utilities for processing Unicode text. BabelPad supports the most recent version of the Unicode Standard, currently Unicode 9.0 (released June 2016).

Summary of Features

These are some of the key features of BabelPad. For more information see the BabelPad Help pages (currently under construction).


BabelPad is free to download and use for personal or commercial purposes. However, if you do find BabelPad useful you are welcome to make a voluntary payment via PayPal (a single payment covers both BabelPad and BabelMap). BabelPad is distributed as a single executable file (no installer). Simply download the zipped file, and then unzip the file BabelPad.exe to the desired location on your computer. BabelPad runs on Windows 2000*, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

Software Version Download Link Voluntary Payment
BabelPad (2016-12-10) Download
BabelMap (2016-11-30) Download

* BabelPad requires GDI+ (gdiplus.dll), which may not be installed on systems running Windows 2000; if this is the case you may download it directly from Microsoft (here), and copy the file gdiplus.dll to the same location that BabelPad.exe is run from.

The latest version of BabelPad runs on Windows 2000 or later, but an unsupported old version of BabelPad (supporting Unicode 4.1) that runs on Windows 95/98/Me is available for download here.


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