Bare Bones Software is a private North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, United States software company developing software tools for the Apple Macintosh platform. The company developed the BBEdit text editor, marketed under the registered trademark "It doesn't suck,"[1] and has been mentioned as a "top-tier Mac developer"[2] by Mac OS X journalist John Siracusa.

Bare Bones Software
IndustrySoftware industry
FoundedJune 1994 (1994-06)
HeadquartersNorth Chelmsford, Massachusetts
ProductsMac OS & Mac OS X software

The company was founded in May 1993, and incorporated under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in June 1994.

Product listEdit

  • BBEdit Professional HTML and Text Editor.
  • Yojimbo Information Organizer.


  • BBEdit Lite Free "lightweight" Text Editor (replaced by TextWrangler).
  • Mailsmith Email client (ownership transferred to Stickshift Software; became freeware).[3]
  • Super Get Info File and folder info utility for Mac OS X. (discontinued)
  • TextWrangler Free, lightweight Text Editor which replaced BBEdit Lite (replaced by BBEdit).
  • WeatherCal application that adds weather forecasts to iCal (discontinued on July 31, 2011).


  1. ^ "Bare Bones Software - BBEdit 9". 2008. Archived from the original on 20 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
  2. ^ "John Siracusa's OS X Lion Review - Ars Technica". 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  3. ^ Gamet, Jeff (2009). "Digging Deep Into Bare Bones with Rich Siegel". Retrieved 2016-10-18.

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