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Free HTML Editor and CSS / HTML Checker for Windows

CSE HTML Validator Lite is a free HTML editor and basic HTML and CSS validator and syntax checker for Microsoft Windows. Note that the Lite edition has been discontinued but is still available for download and use while supplies last.

Screenshot of CSE HTML Validator Lite v16.0

Lite Edition screen shot showing the validation results at the bottom. Note that this edition has been discontinued.

"I have used CSE HTML Validator Lite for years now, I love it. I've recommended it to several people. Thanks for a great product!"
- Christine

"I was used to a free online tool, which is nowhere near as simple to use as CSE HTML Validator Lite. It suits all my needs as a web developer and I have recommended it to many colleagues already!"
- T. Kramer

"CSE HTML Validator Lite is a superb application -- does everything I hoped and much more."
- Charles Toth, CSE HTML Validator User in Keyser, WV

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Check HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, links, SEO, accessibility, and more with the latest version of CSS HTML Validator Home, Pro, or Enterprise.

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CSE HTML Validator Lite is a reduced functionality older version of CSS HTML Validator Home, but it's free (even for commercial use) and is still useful if you don't need up-to-date checking.

If you want to use the Lite edition for personal, non-commercial use then we recommend the more recent free version of CSS HTML Validator Standard for personal, non-commercial use.

Important: CSE HTML Validator Lite has been discontinued and no more updates are planned. However, the last release is still available (for now). An upgrade to the Home or Pro edition, which still gets frequent updates, is highly recommended. You may also want to use EmEditor, a powerful Windows text editor that now comes with a more recent special build version of CSS HTML Validator Lite.

Use the below Download Now button to download the last release version of CSE HTML Validator Lite (which is v16.05). The download will work for a new install or for an upgrade from a previous version.

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CSE HTML Validator Lite for Windows can:

"There aren't many freeware programs out there these days that are this well done and useful."
- Tim Matheson, CSE HTML Validator User

"I downloaded CSE HTML Validator Lite about two months ago and have used it ever since. It's absolutely delightful to use - and has options for everything you can think of (and a lot that you can't!). But in spite of the options, it can be used by amateurs like myself with the default values only. I have tried several other validators before and none comes near it for ease of use, flexibility, and thorough reliability. When I develop to the stage of needing the even more powerful edition, I won't bother to look elsewhere, as I'm confident this product will be of the highest standard also. Well done, and thanks."
- Phil Taylor, CSE HTML Validator User

CSE HTML Validator Lite v16.05 includes HTML5 support (although not up-to-date anymore), CSS checking, and a built-in editor with dynamic help, syntax highlighting, split view, and spell checking.

Other editions are also available. These editions (Home, Pro, and Enterprise) are recommended for business and government use as well as for serious, professional, or student web developers. These editions include:

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Download CSE HTML Validator Lite

Download CSE HTML Validator Lite v16.05 for Windows (about 9.0 MB):

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After downloading, simply run the downloaded file to install CSE HTML Validator Lite.