Alternatives to Notepad++ for all platforms with any license

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  • Sublime Text icon

    Sublime Text

    Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose - any kind of text file. You'll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features. ...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

    • Better looking UI and it's available across all platforms. Also, Package Control is amazing Akoot13 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • Notepad++ allows toggling bookmarks with a single click. CeesT7 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • Search and replace is not upto the level of notepad++ Guest • Mar 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • It's a great code focused editor, just like Notepad++. Guest • Jun 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Atom icon

    Atom

    A hackable text editor for the 21st Century. At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Electron / Atom Shell

    • Despite sometimes high demanding (for an text editor), good as an Editor/IDE. Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • More advanced, better community, more support Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Amazing UI, large variety of useful plugins, nice features like multiple cursors, open source and free to use Ruebz999Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Atom can split windows and allow users to work on multiple files simultaneously, while also integrating plugins. I would say it's better than Notepad++ for many programming tasks. Guest • Sep 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Great UI. Great Packages (extensions). Support for several programming languages. Great developers and community. Free and Open Source. Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Vim icon

    Vim

    Vim ("Vi IMproved") is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of contributed content. It also has a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku ... OpenSolaris Xfce

    • Vim is a console app and require to know its commands to use it, while Notepad++ is UI driven, anyone can use it. Guest • Mar 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Fastest in use. You can improve your productivity and performance when writing. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Brackets icon

    Brackets

    Brackets is an open-source editor for web design and development built on top of web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The project was created and is...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

  • gedit icon

    gedit

    Official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Has syntax highlighting and is suitable for programming, with support for several languages. It is extensible with...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD OpenSolaris

    • no sorting and don't reconize regular expression when 'replace' or search rmpbklynSep 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Gedit can't fold code, can't make ident lines, and the ident is strange! Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Some essential plugins missing especially around code formatting tools Guest • 9 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • Geany icon

    Geany

    Geany is a small and lightweight Integrated Development Environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Xfce

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    • Geany in functionality and interface is very similar to Notepad++ Guest • Feb 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Simple, lightweight. But there're syntax highlighting and code completion. jovinFeb 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Visual Studio Code icon

    Visual Studio Code

    Code combines the streamlined UI of a modern editor with rich code assistance and navigation, and an integrated debugging experience – without the need for a full IDE.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

    • Incredibly performant and versatile editor. With the feeling of an editor and the power of an IDE avitalbennatan11 days ago Disagree   Agree
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    GNU Emacs

    GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Emacs is the be-all-end-all text editor. It takes a while to learn, but its code and text editing commands are extremely powerful. There's also a package manager for things like auto completion, automatic running, and more language support. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • GNU nano icon

    GNU nano

    GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD Haiku

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  • Komodo Edit icon

    Komodo Edit

    Komodo Edit is a fast, smart, free and open-source code editor. Switching your trusty code editor is hard, but give Komodo Edit (or its big brother...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Kate icon

    Kate

    Text editor for the KDE desktop environment with support for multiple languages and syntax highlighting. It is extensible with plugins. Features a MDI interface. ...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD KDE

  • PSPad icon

    PSPad

    PSPad is a freeware programmers editor in 8 languages for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Some features are highlighted syntax, ftp, projects and so on. Code...

    Free Windows

    • More stable with huge files. Has implemented great function in Special conversions: "Remove Accent from chars". Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Excellent application, notepad++ sometime crashes and deletes the file contents (editing), PSPad doesn't have this problem. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    Notepad2

    Notepad2 is a fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting. Simple as possible, but yet powerful. Has full Unicode support. Can be run out of...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 4.2.25, released on October 28, 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
    • Faster startup, full replacement of notepad.exe for windows Guest • Feb 2017 Disagree   Agree

Notepad++ Comments

Peligroso e inseguro

Negative Comment by truchisoftr
about Notepad++ Mar 2017

Se encontraron graves vulnerabilidades INSTALADAS POR SU CREADOR en este software, en concreto, mientras esta abierto permite capturar a un tercero todas las teclas que se escriban. De nuevo, esto es ADREDE realizado por su creador en colaboracion con terceros.

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LOL -1 Helpful

Negative Comment by altermetax
about Notepad++ Mar 2017

Seriously, all of these people voting for such an old, obsolete and deprecate software?

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Works Great. 2 Helpful

Positive Comment by louieequinn
about Notepad++ Nov 2016

I use it all the time for code editing for my home cleaning website and it works great.
It is simple and elegant.

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Nice editor... -3 Helpful

Positive Comment by ITSecMedia
about Notepad++ Oct 2016

... as long as you are not willing to spend a few bucks into such an important tool for programmers.

A free great alternative is VSCode by Microsoft.

If you are willing to invest in your future as coder, go and get a license for SublimeText and EmEditor, I use both regularly.

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Use this everyday 2 Helpful

Positive Comment by kelleygibson
about Notepad++ Jan 2016

I use Notepad++, and have for years. I love it! Couldn't ask for a better text editor with some advanced features beyond the standard Notepad.

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i use it all the time...

Positive Comment by robertmu
about Notepad++ Jan 2016

i use it all the time for code edditing and works great

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Good

Comment by JennyBredst
about Notepad++ Oct 2015

I use it for code editing on my Windows machine. I am satisfied.

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Best free editor for ColdFusion

Comment by 10basetom
about Notepad++ Aug 2015

NPP + nppColdFusion plugin = best free code editor for ColdFusion.

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Absolutely Essential on Any PC

Positive Comment by BeamUsUpCrawler
about Notepad++ Jun 2015

Notepad++ is one of the first things I install when formating or getting a new PC absolutely essential!

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Log buster

Positive Comment by manuellazzari
about Notepad++ Jun 2015

This is THE tool to navigate logs

[Edited by manuellazzari, June 26]

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the best editor

Positive Comment by johnyprince
about Notepad++ Jun 2015

simple and elegant

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Notepad++ abandoning sourceforge

Comment by tabakis
about Notepad++ and SourceForge Jun 2015

Due to the alleged hijacking of various apps by SF.

"I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators."

Ref: https://notepad-plus-plus.org/news/notepad-plus-plus-leaves-sf.html

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The best editor on Windows

Positive Comment by appproximate
about Notepad++ Jun 2015

It will be perfect if its GUI could be cooler.

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A must

Comment by almfunding
about Notepad++ May 2015

Notepad++ is currently my go to for coding. It's simple and highlights syntax in a way that makes things super easy for me.

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