Last updated March 21, 2015. Created on October 6, 2009.
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The currently supported editors are CKeditor, EpicEditor, FCKeditor, jWYSIWYG, markItUp, NicEdit, openWYSIWYG, TinyMCE, Whizzywig, WYMeditor, and YUI editor.

Support matrix
Name 6.x-2.4 6.x-2.x-dev 7.x-2.2 7.x-2.x-dev Last checked Notes
Min version Max version Min version Max version Min version Max version Min version Max version
CKEditor 3.0.0 3.6.6.1 3.0.0 4.4.1 3.0.0 3.6.6.2 3.0.0 4.4.1 2014-06-10  
EpicEditor N/A N/A N/A N/A 0.1.1 0.2.2 0.1.1 0.2.2 2014-06-10 Main folder needs renaming
FCKeditor 2.6.0 2.6.11 2.6.0 2.6.11 2.6.0 2.6.11 2.6.0 2.6.11 2014-06-10 Deprecated
jWYSIWYG 0.5 0.93 0.5 0.93 0.5 0.93 0.5 0.93 2014-06-10 No toolbar options, main folder needs remaining.
markItUp 1.1.5 1.1.14 1.1.5 1.1.14 1.1.5 1.1.14 1.1.5 1.1.14 2014-06-10 No alternate markup set support, main folder needs renaming.
nicEdit 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 2014-06-10 Dead
openWYSIWYG 1.4.7 1.4.7 1.4.7 1.4.7 1.4.7 1.4.7 1.4.7 1.4.7 2014-06-10 Dead? Crashy.
TinyMCE 2.1.0 3.5.11 2.1.0 3.5.11 2.1.0 3.5.11 3.0.0 4.x 2014-06-10 4.x support needs patch #1968318: Support for TinyMCE 4.x
Whizzywig 55 63 55 63 55 63 55 63 2014-06-10 Dead?
WYMeditor 0.5 1.0.0b5 0.5 1.0.0b5 0.5 1.0.0b5 0.5 1.0.0b5 2014-06-10 Moved to Github, unstable?
YUI 2 Editor 2.7.0 2.9.0 2.7.0 2.9.0 2.7.0 2.9.0 2.7.0 2.9.0 2014-06-10 Deprecated, YUI 3 unsupported

CKeditor

The CKeditor is FCKeditor version 3 and, by some reports, makes FCKeditor look like a snail with arthritis. Distributed under the same licenses as FCKeditor.

Drupal 8 will ship with an integration of CKEditor out of the box, without the need for Wysiwyg module.

FCKeditor

No longer developed in favor of CKEditor. Used to be the biggest baddest editor. Every feature you can think of plus the kitchen sink. Version 3 is called CKEditor so spam killers will not reject the FCK bit. Distributed under the GPL, LGPL and MPL open source licenses. No longer developed in favor of CKEditor.

jWYSIWYG

GPL 2 license. Wysiwyg no longer supports the latest versions due to lack of interest in the editor. This plugin is an inline content editor to allow editing rich HTML content on the fly. It's an alternative to WYMeditor with much less features. With a small file size less than 26Kb total and only 18Kb of code and 7Kb packed, the main concept is to keep it simple, not all users need font coloring or create tables, just the basic. Considering that both jWYSIWYG and WYMeditor are under heavy development and growing in size, the comparison might change by the time you read this.

markItUp

markItUp is a jQuery plugin and the Packed naked engine is only 6.5KB. Licence: MIT/GPL. Supported browsers: IE7, Safari 3.1, Firefox 2, Firefox 3. IE6 and Opera 9+ as-is.

NicEdit

MIT License. Appears to no longer be developed.

openWYSIWYG

LGPL Open Source license.
The editor appears to no longer be developed and will not run correctly in most modern browsers.
Looks nice. Supported browsers include: IE 5.5+ (Windows), Firefox 1.0+, Mozilla 1.3+ and Netscape 7+. I tried this first because of support for old browsers but had to go elsewhere because I use IMCE.

The main script file is 94KB which could be a big download for remote users but it is not as bad as TinyMCE and FCKeditor. The menu bar is empty until you go into Buttons and plugins to turn on buttons. Check the Cleanup and output settings to make sure the editor does not remove any formatting you need elsewhere.

The buttons have italics instead of em and bold instead of strong. :-(

TinyMCE

LGPL. Their file and image management addons cost money. Use Wysiwyg image uploader or IMCE. TinyMCE competes with CKEditor for the most buttons on the toolbar.

The current main version is 4, support in Wysiwyg is in progress. Warning, jquery > 8 causes problems.

Whizzywig

MIT style License. Appears to be dead.

WYMeditor

For the XML puritans. No fonts or anything. You define the CSS then your editors use your classes. Development moved to Github, the old website appears to no longer be maintained.

YUI editor

Standard and lite versions. BSD license. Nothing stands out against FCKeditor and similar editors except the BSD licence which lets you create and sell your own version.

The YUIeditor is buried in a 13.2MB download that expands to 83.7MB on disk.
YUI 2 is no longer being developed and was replaced by YUI 3. However, the editor component in YUI 3 is more of a framework for building your own editor from scratch, which is out of scope for Wysiwyg module.

Multiple editors

You can install multiple editors and have a different editor for each Input format. Compare two editors site by side with one on Filtered HTML and the other on Full HTML. To change the editor for an input type, remove the exiting entry in Wysiwyg and select another editor.

Uploading images via an editor

Media

The Media module (7.x-2.x) has a media_wysiwyg submodule which offers a plugin for adding a "Media" button and embedding documents/photos into the editor from any of its media sources (upload, library, web link, etc). 215000 sites report using Media module.
Currently only known to support CKEditor and TinyMCE.

IMCE Wysiwyg bridge

IMCE can connect to Wysiwyg through IMCE Wysiwyg bridge. 49844 sites currently report using this module. IMCE Wysiwyg bridge works only with TinyMCE, FCKeditor, and CKeditor. There is a Drupal 7 development version published.

WYSIWYG Image Upload

Alternately, you can install WYSIWYG Image Upload module to facilitate uploading images through any text editor handled by WYSIWYG. 2400 sites use it. No D7 version. See http://drupal.org/node/886356.

Looking for support? Visit the Drupal.org forums, or join #drupal-support in IRC.

Comments

ledelboy’s picture

Newest stable version CKEditor 3.0, released on 20 August 2009 still not working in Drupal. Work is being done for D6.

Old & New Media Integration

ashii’s picture

mairav’s picture

I don't know if it's something from TinyMCE or from Wysiwyg API, but TinyMCE is using em and strong! You should edit this part case it doesn't apply:

There are many more buttons in this editor but they still have italics instead of em and bold instead of strong.

I was used to Fckeditor, but this time I tryed with all the editors available, I configure them the same way, and only with TinyMCE I manage to copy and paste a complicated word document just with control + V, and I got and XHTML valid document.

peterx’s picture

Thank you for your feedback. What release of Word?

Pasting documents is an important test. We might find people to test with other releases of Word plus OpenOffice and Abiword.

The editors should all have em and strong as standard and an option to switch off b, i.

TwoD’s picture

IE is limited to using 31 stylesheets in total, regardless how they are included or added. If your editor does not appear to load in IE (it does, but isn't visible), try the 'Optimize CSS files' option on the Performance page. Seems to be no limit on script files.

FCKeditor and CKeditor are supported as two different editors by Wysiwyg module.

Unless there's an option to configure what tags to use for bold/italic/etc, we're stuck with what the editor feels is right. File an issue on the editor's tracker. Note that some editors have XHTML addons or plugins which override some of these things automatically.

Francewhoa’s picture

Comparison CKeditor and TinyMCE 2010/04/21 http://www.turnkeylinux.org/blog/tinymce-vs-ckeditor

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kaizerking’s picture

Needed support for
Virtual Math Editor