Alternatives to Notepad++ for all platforms with any license

  • 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. Sublime Text 2, a previous version of the program, can be downloaded...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

    • It's a great code focused editor, just like Notepad++. Guest • Jun 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    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 use productively on the first day without ever touching a config...

    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 Ruebz999 • Dec 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 GUI version called GVim.

    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 • 6 days ago Disagree   Agree
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    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 maintained by Adobe, and is released under an MIT License.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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    NetBeans

    A free, open-source Integrated Development Environment for software developers. You get all the tools you need to create professional desktop, enterprise, web, and mobile applications with the Java language, C/C++, and even dynamic...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • It has many options and plugins, e.g. you can create Java EE project and Dynamic Web Application. Guest • Oct 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Netbeans and Notepad are slightly different, while Notepad++ is a easy, lightweight mode to write code, Netbeans is a full IDE with lots of functionality. Guest • 8 days ago Disagree   Agree
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    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 plugins. Currently it features: * Full support for...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD OpenSolaris

    • no sorting and don't reconize regular expression when 'replace' or search rmpbklyn • Sep 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Gedit can't fold code, can't make ident lines, and the ident is strange! Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    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 packages. Another goal was to be as independent as possible from a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

    • Geany in functionality and interface is very similar to Notepad++ Guest • Feb 2016 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

  • GNU Emacs icon

    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 to support text editing. The features of GNU Emacs include: ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    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 number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Haiku

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    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 Komodo IDE) a try: it'll be worth your while. Windows, Mac, Linux? Yes. PHP...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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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 the box without installation, and does not touch your...

    Open Source Windows

    • 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.
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    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 explorer for Pascal, C/C++, INI, HTML, XML, PHP and more in...

    Free Windows

    • More stable with huge files. Has implemented great function in Special conversions: "Remove Accent from chars". Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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. Kate is a multi document editor, based on a rewritten version of the...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD KDE

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    TextMate

    TextMate is not an IDE but by using its powerful snippets, macros, and unique scoping system, it can often provide features that even a language specific IDE lacks. It has enough project management features to keep most users happy.

    Commercial Mac

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    Coda

    Coda is a fast, clean, and powerful text editor with pixel-perfect preview and a built-in way to open and manage your local and remote files. And a dash of SSH too. It’s got everything you expect: syntax highlighting for tons of...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

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    Bluefish Editor

    Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    SciTE

    SciTE is a SCIntilla based Text Editor. Originally built to demonstrate Scintilla, it has grown to be a generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs. It is best used for jobs with simple configurations - I...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

    • A simpler version of Notepad++. Supports all the jazz you'll need: syntax higlighting, it's clever with Tabs, mass renaminc, etc. No macros though. xxavx • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
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  • TextWrangler icon

    TextWrangler

    TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator’s tool. At its most basic, a text editor is a tool for simply editing text. You can use a text editor for a wide variety of tasks from...

    Free Mac

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    UltraEdit

    UltraEdit is the ideal text, HTML and HEX editor, and an advanced PHP, Perl, Java and JavaScript editor for programmers. An industry-award winner, UltraEdit supports disk-based 64-bit file handling (standard) on 32-bit Windows...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    AkelPad

    A simple notepad-like text editor with many features. It is designed to be a small and fast. User interface in 20 languages. Features * Single window (SDI), multi-window (MDI) and pseudo multi-window modes (PMDI); *...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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    Leafpad

    Leafpad is a lightweight text editor that emphasizes simplicity. As development focuses on keeping weight down to a minimum, only the most essential features are implemented in the editor. Features: Codeset option (Some...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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    jEdit

    jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it. While jEdit beats many expensive development tools for features and ease of use, it is...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Light Table icon

    Light Table

    Light Table is a new interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games. It provides the real time feedback we need to not only answer questions about our code, but to understand how our...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

  • WriteMonkey icon

    WriteMonkey

    Writemonkey is a Windows zenware writing application with an extremely stripped down user interface, leaving you alone with your thoughts and your words.

    Freemium Windows

  • Caret icon

    Caret

    Professional text editing for Chrome and Chrome OS. Caret is a graphical text editor modeled on Sublime Text, running completely offline (no Internet connection required) and capable of opening and saving files anywhere on your...

    Free Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

  • Notepad2-mod icon

    Notepad2-mod

    A modified version (fork) of Notepad2 based on Kai Liu's and other people's patches.

    Open Source Windows

  • Notepadqq icon

    Notepadqq

    Notepadqq is a linux clone (identical application) of Notepad++

    Open Source Linux

    • Excellent editor. Pretty much the same UI as Notepad++ Guest • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Lime Text icon

    Lime Text

    Experimental Sublime Text clone. The Backend is written in Go (Programming Language). If you are fluent in go, go ahead fork the projekt. This project is at an early stage. It is a chance and a challenge. We hope you are up to it....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Go (Programming Language)

  • Programmer's Notepad icon

    Programmer's Notepad

    Notepad more focused on developing than just scribble down notes. These is not an exhaustive feature list, but gives you some idea of the features present in Programmer’s Notepad. * Syntax Highlighting for lots of...

    Open Source Windows

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    Neovim

    Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: Simplify maintenance and encourage contributions. Split the work between multiple developers. Enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android BSD

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    ReText

    ReText is a simple text editor for Markdown and reStructuredText documents with syntax highlighting and optional live preview. It is written in Python using Qt libraries, able to run on any platforms (Linux and BSD are officially...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    EmEditor

    EmEditor is a fast Unicode text editor for Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 supporting large files, scriptable macros, CSV files, keyword highlighting and more.

    Commercial Windows

  • EditPad Lite icon

    EditPad Lite

    EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, designed to be small & compact, yet offer all the functionality you expect from a basic text editor. It is a step up from Notepad, offering cleaner handling of large files, support...

    Free Personal Windows

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    NINJA-IDE

    NINJA-IDE (from the recursive acronym: "Ninja-IDE Is Not Just Another IDE"), is a cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE). NINJA-IDE runs on Linux/X11, Mac OS X and Windows desktop operating systems, and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

Notepad++ Comments

Works Great. 1 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... -1 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 1 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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good really good

Comment by Torrent_Freak
about Notepad++ Mar 2015

Must have for a developer

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like this but love sublime

Comment by amiraefrin2200
about Notepad++ Jan 2015

in linux use this editor

in windows i use Small Sublime Text iconSublime Text

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