Free Notepad++ Alternatives for Mac

    Notepad++ is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is Sublime Text. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Visual Studio Code or Atom. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Notepad++ and loads of them is available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Notepad++ are Vim (Free, Open Source), Geany (Free, Open Source), gedit (Free, Open Source) and Kate (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 17, 2021

    1. 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.
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      Almost everyone thinks Sublime Text is a great alternative to Notepad++.
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      It's fast and has powerful editor features. Usability and UX of Sublime Text are just outstanding.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      Akoot Better looking UI and it's available across all platforms. Also, Package Control is amazing
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      CeesT Notepad++ allows toggling bookmarks with a single click.
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      smsppakistan I haven't used Sublime Text but I've use Notepad++ and found it to be really useful! Will definitely try Sublime Text now that I know it is an alternative.
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

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      Support for many languages, good debugging without any plugins.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      kylepiira Both are native text editors that don't use Electron
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      IhorLevchenko Easy, lightweight and fast.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    2. 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 highly-customised development environment.
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      Most users think Visual Studio Code is a great alternative to Notepad++.
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      swood544 Very nice and fresh software for source code editing with a lot of features
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      avitalbennatan Incredibly performant and versatile editor. With the feeling of an editor and the power of an IDE
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Yet another simple tool reimplemented in the extremely bloated Electron framework. No thanks.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

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      aaronfranke Visual Studio Code can do everything Notepad++ does but better. It has more features, is very extensible and customizable, has a great dark default theme, is cross-platform, and is fairly lightweight.
      Positive comment 18 days ago

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      RedTrillix Its quite a big application, and if you wanna just edit a config file or text document, you dont want a big, slower application running. Its a good coding app for projects and stuff, but not if you want to make a simple edit.
      Negative comment 27 days ago

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      Hau_Kai It's more than just an environment to view code with highlighting. It is a basic yet complete coding environment to write and run code.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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      Visual Studio Code is great but it is heavy and complex. Not a good replacement for simple GUI text editor with macro support which is Notepad++.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    3. Atom is an open-source, Electron based text editor with a massive ecosystem of plugins and themes that are easily accessible through a built-in package manager. Being built with Electron, it uses web technology (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Node.
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      Some users think Atom is a great alternative to Notepad++, some don't.
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      Despite sometimes high demanding (for an text editor), good as an Editor/IDE.
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

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      Great UI. Great Packages (extensions). Support for several programming languages. Great developers and community. Free and Open Source.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      What should be a simple application is implemented in the extremely bloated Electron framework. No thanks, I'll take something native.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

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      edapm Notepad++ has a dated feel about it. Atom is lightweight, and feels modern and slick.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      You can use it on chromebooks and it really makes a difference, plus i really really love hacking things!!! keep it up:)
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      RemovedUser Bloated and slow compared to Notepad++
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      donoai More beautiful and has much more tools
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    4. 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.
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      Most users think Vim is a great alternative to Notepad++.
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      marcinkowalski Serves same purpose, similar features, different approach, multiplatform, ubiquitous.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      Fastest in use. You can improve your productivity and performance when writing.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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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.
      Top negative comment  over 6 years ago

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      RemovedUser Although it runs as a GUI, you still need to know the vi commands. Unless you don't mind using the menu bar to do everything.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      superluminar vim is a console app and relies on a special keyboard command syntax which users need to learn and know. It is already a joke that people do not manage to remember how to quit vi(m) not to mention all the other things people might not remember about the commands.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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      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
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Lightweight, configurable, and fast. Has a lot of options, but all of them are very intuitive.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    5. 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.
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      Almost everyone thinks Geany is a great alternative to Notepad++.
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      Geany in functionality and interface is very similar to Notepad++
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      Virtually the same features and on top of it it's cross platform and open source.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      projjal It's lightweight, fast and more customizable than Notepad++, and have basic IDE-like features, which are useful for programmer-users.
      Positive comment about 1 month ago

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      Fast, lightweight, functional.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      niezniszczalny Has the same features + some more features than Notepad++. And It's Free Software, on GPL license - huge PLUS for this! ++++
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      RontG Truly multiplatform and free.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Resdek Free, lightweight, multi platform, open source, customizable. What more do you want?
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    6. 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.
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      Most users think gedit is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      Gedit can't fold code, can't make ident lines, and the ident is strange!
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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      rmpbklyn no sorting and don't reconize regular expression when 'replace' or search
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

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      Some essential plugins missing especially around code formatting tools
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    7. 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 text editor application.
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      Almost everyone thinks Kate is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      ricjac Great syntax highlighting, and good plugin support. Fast and easy to use.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      lightweight, code syntax highlighting, regex find and replace
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Ugotsta 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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    8. 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 to support text editing.
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      Most users think GNU Emacs is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      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.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Emacs is a security hazard and its usage implies a certain political opinion.
      Negative comment 24 days ago

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      I don't want a fake psychologist nor to play tetris, I really just want a powerful IDE.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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    9. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's VSCode.
      VSCodium vs Notepad++ opinions
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      The power of Visual Studio without all the tracking of Microsoft in a simple and intuitive layout
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      aaronfranke VS Codium does everything Notepad++ can do but better. It has more features, is more extensible/customizable, is fairly lightweight, and is cross-platform.
      Positive comment 18 days ago

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    10. GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization support, and filename tab completion.
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      Most users think GNU nano is a great alternative to Notepad++.
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