BabelPad (Unicode Text Editor for Windows)


BabelPad is a free Unicode text editor for Windows that supports the proper rendering of most complex scripts, and allows you to assign different fonts to different scripts in order to facilitate multi-script text editing. It also provides many useful features and special utilities for processing Unicode text. BabelPad supports the most recent version of the Unicode Standard, currently Unicode 10.0 (released June 2017).

Summary of Features

These are some of the key features of BabelPad. For more information see the BabelPad Help pages (currently under construction).


BabelPad is free to download and use for personal or commercial purposes. The free-to-download version (there is no other version!) is fully-featured, with no functional or time limitations, no adverts, no in-app purchases, and no malicious features. BabelPad is distributed as a single executable file (no installer). Simply download the zipped file, and then unzip the file BabelPad.exe to the desired location on your computer. BabelPad runs on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

BabelPad Version (2017-12-02) Download Release notes
BabelPad (Simplified Chinese) Version (2017-12-02) Download
BabelPad (Traditional Chinese) Version (2017-12-02) Download
BabelMap Version (2017-12-02) Download Release notes

* BabelPad requires GDI+ (gdiplus.dll), which may not be installed on systems running Windows 2000; if this is the case you may download it directly from Microsoft (here), and copy the file gdiplus.dll to the same location that BabelPad.exe is run from.

The latest version of BabelPad runs on Windows 2000 or later, but an unsupported old version of BabelPad (supporting Unicode 4.1) that runs on Windows 95/98/Me is available for download here.

BabelPad is free to download and use for personal or commercial purposes. However, if you do find BabelPad useful you are welcome to make a voluntary payment via PayPal (a single payment covers both BabelPad and BabelMap). Please note that there is no special commercial version of BabelPad, and the voluntary payment covers use of the free-to-download version which is fully-featured and with no functional or time limitations. Please only make a payment for BabelPad if you understand this.

Windows Defender

As of October 2017 I have received a number of reports that Windows Defender will not allow BabelPad to be downloaded as it claims that it is infected with the Fuerboos virus. I am certain that BabelPad available from is not infected with any virus or malware, and believe that this is a false positive. Searching the internet I can find many reports from October 2017 of Windows Defender falsely reporting the Fuerboos virus on a variety of different downloads. The identification of this virus is based on a heuristic cloud protection rule, and so I do not think that it is reliable.

However, to be sure, I recommend that you scan the downloaded and/or BabelPad.exe with anti-virus software to confirm that it is virus-free. Note that some anti-virus software will flag BabelPad as potentially dangerous as it is used by relatively few users, and so has a low reputation as far as the anti-virus software is concerned; if this is the case you should be able to manually whitelist BabelPad by telling the anti-virus software that you trust it.

I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you, and if you have any doubts about the safety of BabelPad then please do not download it. If you do find any evidence that BabelPad is genuinely infected with a virus please notify me immediately at

Sticky Password

If you are running Sticky Password you may find that most of the BabelPad UI is unexpectedly displayed in Chinese, and it is not possible to change back to English. This is caused by Sticky Passport interacting with BabelPad, and the issue can be resolved by adding BabelPad.exe to an exclusion list in Sticky Password's options.


You may have heard that the CIA is able to deploy a "malware-laced" version of BabelPad. Let me first of all emphasize that BabelPad.exe has not been compromised, and there is no suggestion that BabelPad has any malicious functions that can be exploited by the CIA or anyone else. In fact, the CIA exploit does not refer to the version of BabelPad you can download from, but specifically refers to BabelPad Portable, which is a repackaged portable version of BabelPad that is distributed by a third-party, and which is neither endorsed nor supported by me. As BabelPad Portable installs BabelPad.exe in a sub-sub-folder that the user is not intended to access, a malicious actor can surreptitiously plant a fake version of a system dll in the same directory as BabelPad.exe, with the result that when BabelPad is run it loads the fake dll rather than the real one, and the fake dll is then able to carry out nefarious activities on behalf of the person who planted it. See BabelPad Portable Hijack on WikiLeaks for further details of the exploit.

As the ordinary version of BabelPad available from is distributed as a single .exe file with no installer, it is much harder for a malicious actor to trick BabelPad into loading a fake system dll. BabelPad is distributed as a zip file named which contains only a single file, BabelPad.exe, which the user unzips and puts in any directory they like. To be safe, follow these simple rules:

  1. Only download BabelPad from Do not download from any other website or accept BabelPad distributed on physical media (such as CD or USB stick) unless you are 100% certain that the source is reliable.
  2. Do not accept if it contains any files other than BabelPad.exe, especially if it contains any file with a dll extension.
  3. Unzip BabelPad to its own directory (e.g. C:\Users\Me\Documents\BabelPad), and regularly check that no other files have mysteriously appeared in that directory.


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