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...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

    • It's a great code focused editor, just like Notepad++.
      Guest 6/3/2015
  • Atom icon


    A hackable text editor for the 21st Century. At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Electron / Atom Shell

    • Despite sometimes high demanding (for an text editor), good as an Editor/IDE.
      Guest 5/29/2016
    • 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 9/29/2015
  • Vim icon


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

    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 3/23/2015
  • Brackets icon


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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • gedit icon


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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD OpenSolaris

    • Gedit can't fold code, can't make ident lines, and the ident is strange!
      Guest 7/4/2016
    • no sorting and don't reconize regular expression when 'replace' or search
      rmpbklyn 9/20/2015
  • NetBeans icon


    A free, open-source Integrated Development Environment for software developers. You get all the tools you need to create professional...

    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 10/4/2016
  • Geany icon


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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

    • Geany in functionality and interface is very similar to Notepad++
      Guest 2/29/2016
  • 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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • 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 –...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

  • 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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Haiku

  • PhpStorm icon


    Enjoy productive PHP and web development with PhpStorm. Take advantage of deep code understanding, top-notch coding assistance, and...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Adobe Dreamweaver icon

    Adobe Dreamweaver

    Adobe Dreamweaver is a proprietary web development tool developed by Adobe Systems.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Notepad2 icon

    Notepad2 Discontinued

    Notepad2 is a fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting. Simple as possible, but yet powerful. Has full...

    Open Source Windows

  • TextMate icon


    TextMate is not an IDE but by using its powerful snippets, macros, and unique scoping system, it can often provide features that even...

    Commercial Mac

  • Kate icon


    Text editor for the KDE desktop environment with support for multiple languages and syntax highlighting. It is extensible with...

    Open Source Windows Linux KDE

  • Coda icon


    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...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

  • PSPad icon


    PSPad is a freeware programmers editor in 8 languages for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Some features are highlighted syntax...

    Free Windows

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    Bluefish Editor

    Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • SciTE icon


    SciTE is a SCIntilla based Text Editor. Originally built to demonstrate Scintilla, it has grown to be a generally useful editor with...

    Open Source Windows Linux 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 9/30/2016
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    Most simple text editor. Just plain text, saves in .txt format. Not available for download; bundled with all versions of Windows.

    Free Windows

    • Notepad is a completely plain text editor with no support for syntax coloring, automatic indents, bracket highlighting, or anything else.
      Guest 12/5/2015
    • Notepad = Text Editor Notepad++ = Text Editor and/or Coding Program
      Guest 8/14/2015
  • UltraEdit icon


    UltraEdit is the ideal text, HTML and HEX editor, and an advanced PHP, Perl, Java and JavaScript editor for programmers. An...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • TextWrangler icon


    TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator’s tool. At its most basic, a text...

    Free Mac

  • AkelPad icon


    A simple notepad-like text editor with many features. It is designed to be a small and fast. User interface in 20 languages. ...

    Open Source Windows

  • jEdit icon


    jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • WriteMonkey icon


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

    Freemium Windows

  • Leafpad icon


    Leafpad is a lightweight text editor that emphasizes simplicity. As development focuses on keeping weight down to a minimum, only the...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • 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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

  • Notepad2-mod icon


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

    Open Source Windows

  • Notepadqq icon


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

    Open Source Linux

    • Excellent editor. Pretty much the same UI as Notepad++
      Guest 9/29/2016
  • Caret icon


    Professional text editing for Chrome and Chrome OS. Caret is a graphical text editor modeled on Sublime Text, running completely...

    Free Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

  • 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...

    Open Source Windows

  • Lime Text icon

    Lime Text

    Experimental Sublime Text clone. The Backend is written in go. If you are fluent in go, go ahead fork the projekt. This project is...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • EmEditor icon


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

    Commercial Windows

  • ReText icon


    ReText is a simple text editor for Markdown and reStructuredText documents with syntax highlighting and optional live preview. It is...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

Notepad++ Comments

Nice editor...

Positive Comment by ITSecMedia
about Notepad++ 11 days ago

... 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.


Use this everyday

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.


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



Comment by JennyBredst
about Notepad++ Oct 2015

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


Best free editor for ColdFusion

Comment by 10basetom
about Notepad++ Aug 2015

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


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!


Log buster

Positive Comment by manuellazzari
about Notepad++ Jun 2015

This is THE tool to navigate logs

[Edited by manuellazzari, June 26]


the best editor

Positive Comment by johnyprince
about Notepad++ Jun 2015

simple and elegant


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."



The best editor on Windows

Positive Comment by appproximate
about Notepad++ Jun 2015

It will be perfect if its GUI could be cooler.


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.


good really good

Comment by Torrent_Freak
about Notepad++ Mar 2015

Must have for a developer


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


Great tool

Positive Comment by Frosties
about Notepad++ Aug 2014

Real nice tool, enjoy using it. Simple to edit some text.