Notepad++ Alternatives

    Notepad, which is built to every computer running Windows, is a useful tool for jotting down quick, well, notes or ideas that can be easily saved, accessed, and shared. That said, it is a very basic program with little in the way of formatting options. In fact, until Windows 10, it didn't even support one of the most basic formatting options in the form of Word Wrap. Luckily, Notepad++ addresses the need for a more robust yet accessible text tool.

    Notepad++ can be considered a sort of jack of all trades. With this comes a sort of added complexity. Simpler programs can be found in Notepad and its alternatives, though you would be giving up features that Notepad++ offers: features like autocompletion, support for multiple languages, and a variety of formatting options.

    As Notepad++ is a Windows exclusive app, it may be necessary to use alternatives available on macOS and Linux.

    If you're looking for a text editor more focused on having a featureset comparable to an integrated development environment, software like Small Geany iconGeany and its alternatives might be more your speed.

    The list of alternatives was last updated Dec 22, 2020

    • 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.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Gu
      It's fast and has powerful editor features. Usability and UX of Sublime Text are just outstanding.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 9 users agree and 2 don't

      Akoot380094
      Better looking UI and it's available across all platforms. Also, Package Control is amazing
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 19 users agree and 8 don't

      Us
      It refresh files automatically. Very good for log files
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 4 users agree and 1 doesn't

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    • VS Code is more than just a code editor, it provides the tools and extensions to compile, debug, compare, refactor, and even manage code repositories all within a...
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • Free
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Chrome OS
      • Electron / Atom Shell
      Gu
      Yet another simple tool reimplemented in the extremely bloated Electron framework. No thanks.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 111 users agree and 75 don't

      sw
      Very nice and fresh software for source code editing with a lot of features
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 20 users agree and 4 don't

      av
      Incredibly performant and versatile editor. With the feeling of an editor and the power of an IDE
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 17 users agree and 10 don't

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    • Extensible, cross-platform text editor with a rich ecosystem of plugins and themes.
      Some users think this is a great alternative to Notepad++, some doesn't.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Chrome OS
      • BSD
      • Electron / Atom Shell
      Gu
      What should be a simple application is implemented in the extremely bloated Electron framework. No thanks, I'll take something native.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 129 users agree and 42 don't

      Gu
      Atom isn't lightweight as Notepad++
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 39 users agree and 6 don't

      NuncioBitis790469
      Bloated and slow compared to Notepad++
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 22 users agree and 3 don't

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    • 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.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Haiku
      • OpenSolaris
      Gu
      Vim is a console app and require to know its commands to use it, while Notepad++ is UI driven, anyone can use it.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 51 users agree and 30 don't

      ma
      Serves same purpose, similar features, different approach, multiplatform, ubiquitous.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 9 users agree and 3 don't

      Gu
      Fastest in use. You can improve your productivity and performance when writing.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 5 users agree and 4 don't

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    • Brackets is an open-source editor for web design and development built on top of web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Electron / Atom Shell
      Gu
      Stop making text editors in Electron. It's gross.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 69 users agree and 29 don't

      Gu
      lacking many features of notepad++
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 4 users agree and 1 doesn't

      Gu
      Brackets uses more RAM and disk space. Lacks proper macro support. Macro management plugin exists but works nowhere near as good as Notepad++ built in macro recorder. It fails to record "find" commands for example.
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      Negative comment • 8 months ago • 3 users agree and 1 doesn't

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    • 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.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      • Xfce
      Gu
      Geany in functionality and interface is very similar to Notepad++
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 17 users agree and 1 doesn't

      Gu
      Virtually the same features and on top of it it's cross platform and open source.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 6 users agree

      Re
      Free, lightweight, multi platform, open source, customizable. What more do you want?
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 13 users agree and 2 don't

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    • 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.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Chrome OS
      • BSD
      • GNOME
      • OpenSolaris
      Gu
      Gedit can't fold code, can't make ident lines, and the ident is strange!
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 13 users agree and 3 don't

      rmpbklyn54909
      no sorting and don't reconize regular expression when 'replace' or search
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 9 users agree and 4 don't

      Gu
      Some essential plugins missing especially around code formatting tools
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 5 users agree and 2 don't

    • The Kate project develops two main products: KatePart, the advanced editor component which is used in numerous KDE applications requiring a text editing component, and Kate, a MDI...
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • KDE
      ricjac442211
      Great syntax highlighting, and good plugin support. Fast and easy to use.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 8 users agree

      Gu
      lightweight, code syntax highlighting, regex find and replace
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      Positive comment • 8 months ago • 1 users agree

      Ug
      Kate is also open-source like Notepad++ and likewise runs at the speed of a native app. Features align pretty nicely between the two, but Kate runs natively on all desktops, not just Windows. Same workflow on Windows, Mac and Linux.
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      Positive comment • 12 months ago • 1 users agree

    • A brilliant, all-in-one macOS web editor. Everything you need to write beautiful web code.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Notepad++.
    • GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Homebrew
      Gu
      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.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 5 users agree and 2 don't

      Gu
      I don't want a fake psychologist nor to play tetris, I really just want a powerful IDE.
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      Negative comment • 9 months ago • 1 users agree