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Lexical vs TinyMCE

How do TinyMCE and Lexical compare, and which rich text editor is right for you?

Why TinyMCE is the Best Lexical Alternative

TinyMCE WYSIWYG
Rich Text Editor


TinyMCE is a feature-rich, customizable rich text editor available through either a free, open source license or a paid commercial license.

It is built and maintained by Tiny Technologies – a team of 80+ people with over two decades of rich text editor building experience.

TinyMCE’s public Roadmap is customer- and community-driven, which helps ensure new features align with your needs.

Lexical Facebook Text Editor


Lexical is a basic rich text editor currently in pre-release and created by Facebook (Meta). It is available under an open source license.

While Lexical is a potentially good editor for social apps, it lacks several of the usual editing features that many users expect.

Its Roadmap is also subject to any changes to Meta’s plans, and therefore may not be aligned with your use case if you’re not in the social space.

Lexical maturity vs TinyMCE maturity

Newcomers to the rich text editor market bring fresh ideas and inspiration, which leads to competition and better products for users.

Lexical is a valuable addition to the rich text market, even with its current limited use cases. We look forward to seeing where they go with their roadmap and the benefits they can add for users. That said, when considering the addition of any component to your app, its maturity and reliability must be factored in, as well as where its current version lies within the software release cycle.

TinyMCE follows an established software release lifecycle, with strict QA processes at each point. We also follow Semantic Versioning (SEMVER), which limits us to only introduce a breaking change in major versions. This makes it easy for developers to assess the level of effort and risk of upgrading – so they can allocate time accordingly.

Lexical, on the other hand, is still in its early stages of development and pre-release (Version 0.3.5 as of writing). The docs site goes so far as to say that “Lexical is currently in early development and APIs and packages are likely to change quite often.”

If you’re looking for an editor that’s built specifically for social media sites, aren’t daunted by including a pre-release editor in your app, and don’t mind the possibility of having to change your code every time a new version is released, Lexical may be the right choice for you.

However, if you’re looking for an innovative and proven editor, with professional support and an active community to help you out, TinyMCE may be the better choice.

Maturity

TinyMCELexical
Release type (as of writing)StablePre-release
Likelihood of unexpected breaking changesLow (due to SEMVER)High

Support & Community

TinyMCELexical
StackOverflow Questions – cumulative9,83813
StackOverflow Questions – last 30 days
686
Professional Support OptionsEmail, Phone ($)
Support SLA

Checked as of June 17, 2022

Pros and Cons TinyMCE vs Lexical

The Lexical vs TinyMCE comparison is updated twice-annually
(January and July)

The Basics

TinyMCELexical
Cost Premium features from $960 per yearFree
Open Source
License
 
MITMIT
Commercial License 
Self-hosted Deployment
Cloud Deployment 
Users UnlimitedUnlimited 
Developers UnlimitedUnlimited

Customization and Integration

TinyMCELexical
API 
Framework Integrations Angular, AngularJS, Blazor, Bootstrap, Django, jQuery, Laravel, Node.js + Express, Rails, React, Svelte, Swing, Vue, Web ComponentsReact, Svelte, Vue
Customizable UI 
Skins and Icon Packs 
Language Translations 370

Check out a detailed comparison of Vue rich text editors

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Docs & Support

TinyMCELexical
Extensive documentation
Community Support 
Professional Support 
Support SLAs 
Number of support tickets per month 2 to Unlimited
Dedicated Account Manager 
Phone Support Available

Core Editing Features

TinyMCELexical
Basic Formatting 
Ordered / Unordered Lists
Tables 
Image Insert
Emoticons / Emoji Picker
Templates 

Advanced Editing Features

TinyMCELexical
Code Editor 
Image Editing 
Enhanced Media Embed 
File Management 
Content Filtering 
Format Painter 
Permanent Pen 
Case Change
Checklists
Export PDF
Markdown

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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

TinyMCELexical
MS Word
MS Excel
Google Docs

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Compliance

TinyMCELexical
Customizable Spell Checker
Accessibility Checker 
Broken Link Checker

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Check out a detailed comparison of accessibility features


Collaboration

TinyMCELexical
Real-time Collaboration 
Refer to TinyMCE Real-time Collaboration (RTC) documentation for a full list of functionality available in RTC
Mentions 
Comments 

Check out a detailed comparison of comments features

Check out a detailed comparison of @mentions features


Security

TinyMCELexical
Asymmetric JWT Signing 
Real-time Collaboration End-to-end Encryption 

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All data in the table above (and supporting pages) was pulled from projects’ public websites on June 17, 2022.

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.

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