Some Balthisar Tidy HTML FAQ’s

What are the system requirements?

The current version is targeted for macOS 10.10 or newer. It will not work on older versions of macOS. Visit the downloads page for older versions that should work on older macOS.

Where can I find out more about Tidy?

The engine that drives Balthisar Tidy libtidy by HTACG, et al. For everything that’s publicly known about HTML Tidy and libtidy, see

Why add a W3C Validator? Isn’t HTML Tidy already a validator?

HTML Tidy never claims to be an official validator; it only makes the claim that it will produce valid documents. The W3C (you know, the folks that write the HTML specification), on the other hand, recognize their Nu HTML Checker as an official validator. When you’re the one writing the specs, that gives you a lot of credibility, and as such, validation with the W3C is a requirement in a lot of environments. Balthisar Tidy now gives you that one, extra capability.

Can I get the source code?

Yes! Check out Balthisar Tidy at Github.

Why does Balthisar Tidy make changes to my system icons?

Some users have complained that Balthisar Tidy makes unapproved changes to their system icons, for example, “forcing” PHP files to use Balthisar Tidy’s icon.

While it’s true that this may happen, it’s macOS that makes this change, and not Balthisar Tidy doing anything nefarious. Please see this blog post for a more complete discussion.

What’s the difference between the App Store version and the version here?

Balthisar Tidy from the App Store and the website are nearly identical. The website version includes its own auto-updater mechanism while the App Store version counts on the App Store for updates.

Balthisar Tidy for Work version is also nearly identical, but additionally offers AppleScript and Unix Configuration File support, as well as customized color themes and the ability to export your Tidy’d text to an RTF document.

Is there parity between Balthisar Tidy and HTML Tidy?

Balthisar Tidy and Balthisar Tidy for Work are distributed via the Mac App Store, and are kept in parity with Balthisar Tidy distributed from this website. HTML Tidy is a simple Terminal application that experiences rapid development. Because the App Store release process is slow, it’s often the case that HTML Tidy will have some sort of improvements made to it versus Balthisar Tidy.

If there are any Earth-shattering changes, we will be sure to push the changes to the App Store as soon as possible.

And don’t forget, if you are a Balthisar Tidy for Work user, you can export your Tidy settings effortlessly for use with command line HTML Tidy on macOS, or for use with HTML Tidy on any other platform that it runs on.

Finally, check out this blog post; advanced users can make Balthisar Tidy use newer versions of HTACG HTML Tidy any time they want to.

App Store version? Is this a money grab?

Nope. Balthisar Tidy in the App Store is absolutely free. No advertisements, no nag messages, and in short, no reason not to use it exists.

In July 2014, we released the new Balthisar Tidy for Work as a paid App Store app. It’s quite reasonably priced and all gross proceeds will be used to help pay for language localization.

It’s open source! You can’t put it in the App Store!

Sure I can. It’s open source because I want it to be. And although it uses some other open source code, that’s all BSD-style licensed.

It’s open source! I don’t have to pay for the Work version!

That’s correct. The source code is on github, and you can build Balthisar Tidy for Work yourself. You could probably submit your own copy to the App Store, too, if you wanted to be a person no one in the world likes.