Alternatives to Notepad for all platforms with any license

  • Notepad++ icon


    Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

    Open Source Windows

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Aptana Studio icon

    Aptana Studio Discontinued

    Aptana Studio is a complete web development environment that combines powerful authoring tools with a collection of online hosting and...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • PSPad icon


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

    Free Windows

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Notepad2-mod icon


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

    Open Source Windows

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  • 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

  • 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

  • WriteRoom icon

    WriteRoom Discontinued

    For Mac users to write without distractions. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors...

    Commercial Mac

  • Byword icon


    Byword is designed to make writing more enjoyable with Markdown on your Mac, iPhone and iPad. Features - Designed to make writing...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

  • 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

  • WordPad icon


    WordPad is a simple word processor that is included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onwards. It is the...

    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...

    Free Personal Windows

  • SynWrite icon


    SynWrite is a free source code editor and notepad replacement for Microsoft Windows Operating Systems. SynWrite features: syntax...

    Open Source Windows Total Commander

  • wxMEdit icon


    wxMEdit is a cross-platform text and hex editor, derived from MadEdit . It adds automatic updates, bookmarks, selecting lines with...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • BBEdit icon


    BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web...

    Commercial Mac

  • Jota Text Editor icon

    Jota Text Editor

    Jota, pronouced as "i-o-ta", is a text editor designed for a long text file. Functions - Support until 1 million...

    Open Source Android

  • Mousepad

    A simple text editor for the Xfce desktop environment. Mousepad aims to be an easy-to-use and fast editor for quickly editing text...

    Open Source Linux BSD Xfce

  • TextPad icon


    TextPad is designed to provide the power and functionality to satisfy the most demanding text editing requirements. It can edit files...

    Commercial Windows

  • RJ TextEd icon

    RJ TextEd

    RJ TextEd is a full featured text and source editor with Unicode support, syntax highlighting and code folding. The functionality...

    Free Windows

  • metapad icon


    Metapad is a small, fast (and completely free) text editor for Windows 9x/NT/XP/Vista with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but...

    Open Source Windows

  • slap icon


    slap is a Sublime-like terminal-based text editor that strives to make editing from the terminal easier. It has: * first-class...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Node.JS

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Notepad Comments

Simple, but great

Comment by JimmyManuva
about Notepad Jan 2016

I use this app every day and haven't got any complaints about it. So simple but so great.


Hardcore app

Comment by der_Darm
about Notepad Dec 2013

Hardcore app. But it's like windows trademark. It's useful for a lot of simple tasks whitch require quick editor.


Except mspaint.exe, the only decent application included wi ...

Comment by RobinJ
about Notepad Jun 2011

Except mspaint.exe, the only decent application included with Wind(bl)ows nowadays.


Line endings do not work properly. Opening documents with s ...

Comment by cashmonkey
about Notepad Jun 2011

Line endings do not work properly. Opening documents with standard formatting from other platforms will cause bugs. Terrible app.


Ahh, notepad.exe, my most used app, may you sit on the top ...

Comment by Xeogin
about Notepad Jun 2011

Ahh, notepad.exe, my most used app, may you sit on the top of my recently used apps list forever. <3