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Slate vs TinyMCE

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

Why TinyMCE is the Best Slate 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.

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

Slate Rich Text Editor Framework


Slate is an open source rich text editor framework that’s currently in beta. Built specifically for React, Slate lets developers build their rich text editor from the ground up, allowing for customization of the functionality and UI.

Slate was built by Ian Taylor (co-founder of Segment) and is now maintained by the open source community.

Slate editor framework vs TinyMCE rich text editor

We ❤️ Slate!

In fact, we love it so much that our Real-Time Collaboration plugin uses Slate's core model.

Slate’s a great choice for teams looking to extend an editor framework that’s purpose-built for React. On the other hand, if you’re looking for in-built advanced features, a customizable UI and the option of enterprise-level support, then TinyMCE is more likely up your alley.

That said, right from the beginning of scoping, it’s important to consider your rich text editor’s future development and maintenance. TinyMCE carries almost two decades of domain experience and usage, with millions of apps across the world trusting it for their editing experience. It’s R&D and engineering team maintains a long-vision product roadmap – regularly releasing new features, innovations and bug fixes – so your app grows as TinyMCE grows and the market needs change.

There’s a lot of love for Slate amongst devs – and for good reason – it’s a fantastic editor framework for the right use case. However, if you’re after something with a predictable future, TinyMCE may just get your final ‘Yes’ vote.

Setup

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Turn-key installation (no custom code required)
Out-of-the-box, customizable UI
Skins and icon packs
Ability to build your own UI from scratch
Compatible front-end frameworksReact, Vue, Angular + many othersReact

Support & Community

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Community (StackOverflow, Github)
Professional support
(with paid plans)
Support SLA
(with paid plans)

Pros and Cons TinyMCE vs Slate

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

The Basics

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Cost Free
Premium features from $348 per year
Free
Open Source
License
 
MITMIT
Commercial License 
Self-hosted Deployment
Cloud Deployment 
Users UnlimitedUnlimited 
Developers UnlimitedUnlimited

Customization and Integration

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

Check out a detailed comparison of Vue rich text editors

Check out a detailed comparison of React integrations


Docs & Support

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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

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

Advanced Editing Features

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

Check out a detailed comparison of format painter feature


Clean Copy and Paste

Functionality that processes and cleans up pasted content from apps, ensuring compliant and easy-to-edit HTML

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MS Word
MS Excel
Google Docs

Check out a detailed comparison of clean copy and paste features


Compliance

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Customizable Spell Checker
Accessibility Checker 
Broken Link Checker

Check out a detailed comparison of spell checking features

Check out a detailed comparison of accessibility features


Collaboration

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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

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

See a mistake? Let us know.

All data in the table above (and supporting pages) was pulled from projects’ public websites on December 6, 2021.

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 Slate to TinyMCE?

It’s easy to migrate from Quill to TinyMCE, with minimal disruption:

1.


Read our quick guide on How to migrate from Slate.js to TinyMCE

Easy integration with 12 + frameworks and hundreds of other tools

The TinyMCE code is totally customizable and works with the framework of your choice

Help when and where you need it

Enterprise-Grade Support

Responsive, in-house support to help you implement, customize and troubleshoot.

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Community

Thousands of questions and answers updated daily on StackOverflow and Github.

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Documentation

Tutorials, quickstarts, code samples and videos to help you deploy faster.

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Trusted by the hottest startups and biggest brands

“TinyMCE satisfied our needs at a competitive cost, and we were able to integrate it without restructuring our product.”

Chris Burd | Vice President of policyIQ

“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.”

Rob Wells | Vice President of policyIQ

“We’re very satisfied with TinyMCE’s features, functionality, ease of integration, and the impeccable support team.”

Paul Alexandrescu | Technical Director

Chris Burd | Vice President, policyIQ

Rob Wells | CEO

Paul Alexandrescu | Technical Director

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23,000+


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