Alternatives to Notepad++ for all platforms with any license

  • 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. ...

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac OS X Windows Linux

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    • Better looking UI and it's available across all platforms. Also, Package Control is amazing AkootMar 2017 • 11 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's fast and has powerful editor features. Usability and UX of Sublime Text are just outstanding. Guest • May 2017 • 3 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • FTP is a lot easier to use than in Sublime, where you need to install a package manager and install a package like Sublime FTP, which isn't nearly as user-friendly as Notepad++. Guest • Nov 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has all the features I need without having to install more than a few extensions. 914ian914Feb 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Notepad++ allows toggling bookmarks with a single click. CeesTMar 2017 • 6 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Search and replace is not upto the level of notepad++ Guest • Mar 2017 • 6 agrees and 10 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • What should be a simple application is implemented in the extremely bloated Electron framework. No thanks, I'll take something native. Guest • Feb 2018 • 21 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Despite sometimes high demanding (for an text editor), good as an Editor/IDE. Guest • May 2016 • 5 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Amazing UI, large variety of useful plugins, nice features like multiple cursors, open source and free to use Ruebz999Dec 2016 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Great UI. Great Packages (extensions). Support for several programming languages. Great developers and community. Free and Open Source. Guest • Dec 2016 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees 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 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Open-source. Community-driven. A lot of high quality extensions available. Very simple and quick. A lot of customisation if you want. Guest • Apr 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Atom is a text editor that provides an all in one solution to all the absolute basic needs today's modern world expects in a notepad replacement. Sleek UI, extensible, cross-platform, and, actively developed, Atom is the defacto choice for the vast majority when wanting to replace notepad/NotePad++ with an editor that packs a real punch in default capabilities and usefulness. Guest • Jun 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's easy to use, predictable, and very extensible. Smarter than VS Code, easier than Notepad++. VenHayzJul 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Cross-platform, modern, fast, great UI, great UX, extensible, fast community-driven development, stable... cblockApr 2017 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Mac OS X

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    • Yet another simple tool reimplemented in the extremely bloated Electron framework. No thanks. Guest • Feb 2018 • 15 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very nice and fresh software for source code editing with a lot of features swood544Mar 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Incredibly performant and versatile editor. With the feeling of an editor and the power of an IDE avitalbennatanMar 2017 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has everything that a developer needs! Good extensions for any language, good themes made by users, built in Git, and much more! Guest • Jul 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Open source, handles many different languages, extensible. What's not to love? Guest • May 2017 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD Haiku ... OpenSolaris

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    • 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 • 30 agrees and 14 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Serves same purpose, similar features, different approach, multiplatform, ubiquitous. marcinkowalskiMar 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I like to use the vim command line version on windows it feels pretty minimalistic and its appearance gives the impression it goes right to the job of editing text Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Fastest in use. You can improve your productivity and performance when writing. Guest • Jan 2017 • 4 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Lightweight, configurable, and fast. Has a lot of options, but all of them are very intuitive. Guest • Oct 2017 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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    • Stop making text editors in Electron. It's gross. Guest • Feb 2018 • 20 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • because i like the UI more than notepad++ Guest • Dec 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • it's easy to use and is open source so a definite runner-up to notpad++ Guest • Dec 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • It has an auto complete feature which makes it better than Notepad++ techcrankMay 2017 • 2 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Xfce

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    • Geany in functionality and interface is very similar to Notepad++ Guest • Feb 2016 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free, lightweight, multi platform, open source, customizable. What more do you want? ResdekAug 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Simple, lightweight. But there're syntax highlighting and code completion. jovinFeb 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD GNOME ... OpenSolaris

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    • Gedit can't fold code, can't make ident lines, and the ident is strange! Guest • Jul 2016 • 7 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Some essential plugins missing especially around code formatting tools Guest • Mar 2017 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • no sorting and don't reconize regular expression when 'replace' or search rmpbklynSep 2015 • 6 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD

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    • 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. Guest • Jan 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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. ...

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD KDE

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    • Great syntax highlighting, and good plugin support. Fast and easy to use. ricjacMay 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Kate is a fast, lightweight, open source alternative to Notepad++ with slick, simple, and modern UI. Compared to Notepad++ it is also available on Linux, not just on Windows. Guest • Oct 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

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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...

    Free Windows

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    • Excellent application, notepad++ sometime crashes and deletes the file contents (editing), PSPad doesn't have this problem. Guest • Jan 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • More stable with huge files. Has implemented great function in Special conversions: "Remove Accent from chars". Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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    • 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.
    • Small and easy to use, supports syntax highlighting HexaaeFeb 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Faster startup, full replacement of notepad.exe for windows Guest • Feb 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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Notepad++ Comments

Comment by gjandrews35
about Notepad++ · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

Fast ! And I dont have to save every time I close the APP.

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Comment by ChelOis
about Notepad++ · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

This marvel is an essential part of the Freeware/OpenSource set of applications that I always install and use on my PC. Do yourself a favor, forget about standard Notepad and other paid or even free alternatives.

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Comment by mahmuds
about Notepad++ · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

notepad++ best editer software for webdesign

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Comment by Greenskid
about Notepad++ · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Super fast load times, and ability to handle large files, make it my goto text editor on Windows.

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Good

Comment by JennyBredst
about Notepad++ · Oct 2015 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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

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Notepad++ abandoning sourceforge

Comment by tabakis
about Notepad++ and SourceForge · Jun 2015 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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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A must

Comment by almfunding
about Notepad++ · May 2015 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Must have for a developer

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like this but love sublime

Comment by amiraefrin2200
about Notepad++ · Jan 2015 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

in linux use this editor

in windows i use Small Sublime Text iconSublime Text

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huh?
I'm fairly certain you've got that backwards.
Notepad++ is a MS Windows app, Not Linux.
and SublimeText which i use exclusively, is primarily used in Linux... ?
there is a portable version for msw, but that seems messy when there's Notepad++ for windows.
so, i'm calling BS.

its alright

Comment by Joseph864
about Notepad++ · May 2013 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

not the greatest and not as powerful but it works fine.

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Comment by blackboard
about Notepad++ · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I don't know why so many people use this. I like TextPad much better. It's more polished, fast, bug-free, and just works. The only thing I wish TextPad had is outliner or folding editor functionality. Oh, and cross-platform too, that would be nice.

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Comment by jb64
about Notepad++ · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Plugins are absolutely abysmal, I can't find a working FTP plugin which is sad. NppFTP causes Notepad++ to crash every time, and FTP_synchronize can't download certain files.

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I've had no problem whatsoever using the NppFTP-Plugin. Maybe it's been resolved? You might want to give it one more try, I think it works fabulous. :)

Comment by em4020
about Notepad++ · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Because of the unique management of projects, folders and links I prefer Small PSPad iconPSPad to Small Notepad++ iconNotepad++ .
With this great system of projects, folders and links it is easier to find notes quicker and grouped in projects in comparison with NotePad++. Besides these better search- und link-features PSPad is very similar to NotePad++. For the daily very quick access (with its wake-up-area at the top of the screen) to standard texts as my phone number, OpenID-URL, account-numbers, fax-number, mail-adresses, signatures I like Small QuickNote iconQuickNote .
For notes, which I want to use also with Windows Mobile device or on other computers I prefer Small Evernote iconEvernote with its unique web-synchronization features.

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