CKEditor vs TinyMCE
How do TinyMCE and CKEditor compare, and which rich text editor is right for you?
Why TinyMCE is the Best CKEditor Alternative
Rich Text Editor
TinyMCE is a powerfu, turnkey rich text editor available through either a free and permissive MIT open source license or a paid commercial license.
TinyMCE is built and maintained by Tiny Technologies — a team of 80+ people with over two decades of rich text editor building experience.
CKEditor is a highly configurable, but complex to set up, rich text editor available through either the free, somewhat restrictive GPL2+ open source license, or paid/free commercial licenses.
It is built and maintained by CKSource – a team of 50+ people focused on building content management tools.
CKEditor vs TinyMCE rich text editor
Over the past two decades, both CKEditor and TinyMCE have pioneered rich text editing. They jointly deserve credit for shaping the industry into what it is today.
Both editors are considered enterprise-grade, are available under an open source license and have stellar engineering teams that stand behind their products.
So what’s the difference between CKEditor and TinyMCE?
Three things often come up: use case, content type, and licensing.
Both editors excel in their respective use cases.
As an editor framework, CKEditor 5’s biggest strength is collaboration and complete customization of the editor. With features like Track Changes and Real-time Collaboration, it’s a great choice for situations where you want to offer multi-user document editing experiences similar to Google Docs.
However, there is a tradeoff – CKEditor users report the editor having a steep learning curve and being cumbersome to set up, as it requires heavy configuration even for a basic install.
On the other hand, TinyMCE can be set up in just six lines of code. And with our use-case-specific starter configs, you’re only one copy-paste away from adding rich text editing into your app to match its exact editing needs.
Consider TinyMCE if your content will be saved as HTML
TinyMCE is ideal in situations where you’re creating content that will be rendered as HTML, for example emails, web pages or any other online content. The editor contents are entirely HTML-based, which means TinyMCE delivers a true WYSIWYG experience – content is rendered in the editor the exact same way it is in the browser. No surprises.
CKEditor stores data in a tree-like structure of elements and text nodes, but also introduces additional complexity. If you aren’t targeting HTML output and need powerful collaborative features, CKEditor can be a viable choice.
CKEditor and TinyMCE both offer open source licenses. However:
CKEditor 5 is available under a copyleft GPL2+ license, which requires you to share your source code with the community (not ideal for proprietary software).
CKEditor also offers free licenses to Open Source projects released under a license incompatible with GPL2+. However, you must contact the CKEditor team to check your eligibility.
TinyMCE’s free open source MIT license has no limits on usage, users or developers, and no requirement to publicly share your source code. The MIT license is known as the "gold standard" among the open source community for its flexibility.
License and Support
|Open source license||MIT (not required to share source code)||GPL2+ (must share source code)|
|Professional support (paid plans)|
|Phone support available (paid plans)|
Pros and Cons TinyMCE vs CKEditor 5
The CKEditor vs TinyMCE comparison is updated twice-annually
|Cost||Premium features from $450 per year||Custom pricing|
Customization and Integration
|Framework Integrations||Angular, AngularJS, Blazor, Bootstrap, Django, jQuery, Laravel, Node.js + Express, Rails, React, Svelte, Swing, Vue, Web Components||Angular, Bootstrap, Electron,|
jQuery, React, Vue,
|Skins and Icon Packs|
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Docs & Support
|Number of support tickets per month||2+||2+|
|Dedicated Account Manager|
|Phone Support Available|
Core Editing Features
|Ordered / Unordered Lists|
|Emoticons / Emoji Picker|
Advanced Editing Features
|Enhanced Media Embed|
|Table of Contents|
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Clean Copy and Paste
Functionality that processes and cleans up pasted content from apps, ensuring compliant and easy-to-edit HTML
Note: Faded check marks indicate partial functionality
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|Customizable Spell Checker|
|Broken Link Checker|
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|Asymmetric JWT Signing|
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All data in the table above (and supporting pages) was pulled from projects’ public websites on Feb 1, 2023
Features listed vary by plan (open-source, free or paid). If information on a specific feature or topic cannot be found on the editor’s website, it is not included. Only features released by the editor author are listed.
Migrating from CKEditor 4 or 5 to TinyMCE?
It’s easy to migrate from CKEditor to TinyMCE, with minimal disruption:
Read our quick guide on How to migrate from CKEditor to TinyMCE
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“TinyMCE satisfied our needs at a competitive cost, and we were able to integrate it without restructuring our product.”
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“TinyMCE should be at the top of any list if you’re looking for a visual text editor. It’s flexible, integrates well with different systems and is extremely stable.”
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