Alternatives to Notepad2 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • PSPad icon


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

    Free Windows

  • Notepad icon


    Most simple text editor. Just plain text, saves in .txt format. Not available for download; bundled with all versions of Windows.

    Free Windows

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • Notepad2-mod icon


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

    Open Source Windows

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • NINJA-IDE icon


    NINJA-IDE (from the recursive acronym: "Ninja-IDE Is Not Just Another IDE"), is a cross-platform integrated development...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Textadept icon


    Textadept is a fast, minimalist, and ridiculously extensible cross-platform text editor for programmers. Written in a combination of C...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Notepadqq icon


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

    Open Source Linux

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • medit icon


    medit is a programming and around-programming text editor. Started originally as a simple built-in editor component in GGAP, it...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

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Notepad2 Comments

New Versions

Positive Comment by johnbmull
about Notepad2 11 days ago

Notepad2 has been forked and there are several versions that add additional functionality. Additionally, there is a Notepad3 version which is quite better, and a Notepad4 as well. Use your Google dirty fingers and find some of these alternates and be glad that you did.


I'm happy

Positive Comment by raje
about Notepad2 May 2016

I use Notepad2 since ~10 years ago. Florian hasn't updated it recently, I'm on 4.2.25 now, on a Win 7 laptop.
Installs easily and automatically replaces M$'s useless notepad. Lots of nice functionality like block copy & paste, sorting (ascending / descending, text / numeric, merge duplicates / remove duplicates / remove unique lines), prefix / suffix lines, et cetera. Cheers to you Florian!
Surely possible to find similar functionality in other software, but with the ones I tested at the time this was the outstanding candidate and I haven't had any reason to look for an alternative.


Good soft

Comment by jpjpjjp
about Notepad2 Sep 2015

A Lightweight soft,the best choice to Instead of the windows notepad

This soft is not suitable for those programmers or other coders.

If you need more powerful,then you could select notepad++

Anyway,its also a good good software


Opens 1.4G file and searches through it quickly.

Positive Comment by rmbjr60
about Notepad2 Feb 2013

I tried four text editors (AkelPad, TextPad, LTFViewer and Notepad2), each of which claimed to support large text files. Two of them couldn't open my file at all. Of the two that could open it, one was so slow at searching for text strings that I found the entire application unusable (because searching through this 1.4G file is a crucial requirement for me)

NotePad2 was the only one could open my 1.4G file and search through it quickly. I love it!

[Edited by rmbjr60, February 03]


I love the indenting

Positive Comment by karlnordstrom
about Notepad2 Nov 2012

It is easy to make bulleted lists that wrap properly while keeping the file in plain text mode.

[Edited by karlnordstrom, November 08]



Comment by TBayAreaPat
about Notepad2 Jan 2012

It's great that the program has an alphabetizing/sort option. I only wish it could be found without needing to consult the web.


Loads very fast as the original, but its more powerful!Very ...

Comment by 365
about Notepad2 Jun 2011

Loads very fast as the original, but its more powerful!
Very nice one!

Cant forget it! ?


Incredibly small & fast, easily configurable with tons of o ...

Comment by rocketmonkeys
about Notepad2 Jun 2011

Incredibly small & fast, easily configurable with tons of options. Very easy to make a drop-in replacement for notepad with a ton more functionality, but still really simple. I like it.