Open Source Notepad++ Alternatives

Popular open source Alternatives to Notepad++ for Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD, PortableApps.com and more. Explore 25+ apps like Notepad++, all suggested and ranked by the AlternativeTo user community.

Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. If your looking for more info about Notepad++ like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 10/12/2018 10:05:00 AM

Alternatives to Notepad++ for all platforms with Open Source License

  • Atom

    A hackable text editor for the 21st Century. At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.

    • What should be a simple application is implemented in the extremely bloated Electron framework. No thanks, I'll take something native. Guest • Feb 2018 • 59 agrees and 22 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Despite sometimes high demanding (for an text editor), good as an Editor/IDE. Guest • May 2016 • 9 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Amazing UI, large variety of useful plugins, nice features like multiple cursors, open source and free to use Ruebz999Dec 2016 • 5 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Great UI. Great Packages (extensions). Support for several programming languages. Great developers and community. Free and Open Source. Guest • Dec 2016 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Cross-platform, modern, fast, great UI, great UX, extensible, fast community-driven development, stable... cblockApr 2017 • 2 agrees and 4 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 3 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 3 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 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 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Electron / Atom Shell

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  • 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.

    • Yet another simple tool reimplemented in the extremely bloated Electron framework. No thanks. Guest • Feb 2018 • 40 agrees and 28 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very nice and fresh software for source code editing with a lot of features swood544Mar 2018 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Incredibly performant and versatile editor. With the feeling of an editor and the power of an IDE avitalbennatanMar 2017 • 8 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Has all same features of Notepad++! also smarter!!!!! Guest • Apr 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Powerful, fast, free, fully customize-able, and looks nice. Guest • Jul 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Loads of features and extensions. Microsoft really knows how to make good development tools. Guest • Oct 2018 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 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Open source, handles many different languages, extensible. What's not to love? Guest • May 2017 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Mac

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  • Vim

    Vim ("Vi IMproved") is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of contributed content. Vim offers several “modes” for editing with efficiency. This makes vim a non-user-friendly application but it is also a strength. The normal mode binds alphanumeric keys to task-oriented commands. The visual mode highlights text. The command-line mode offers more tools (for search&replace, defining functions, etc.

    • 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 • 38 agrees and 26 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Serves same purpose, similar features, different approach, multiplatform, ubiquitous. marcinkowalskiMar 2018 • 2 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
    • 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. superluminarJul 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

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

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  • 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 packages. Another goal was to be as independent as possible from a special Desktop Environment like KDE or GNOME - Geany only requires the GTK2 runtime libraries.

    • Geany in functionality and interface is very similar to Notepad++ Guest • Feb 2016 • 7 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Simple, lightweight. But there're syntax highlighting and code completion. jovinFeb 2017 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free, lightweight, multi platform, open source, customizable. What more do you want? ResdekAug 2017 • 5 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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

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  • 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 maintained by Adobe, and is released under an MIT License. With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, Brackets is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser. It's crafted from the ground up for web designers and front-end developers. Brackets is a lightweight, yet powerful, modern text editor.

    • Stop making text editors in Electron. It's gross. Guest • Feb 2018 • 44 agrees and 21 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • because i like the UI more than notepad++ Guest • Dec 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it's easy to use and is open source so a definite runner-up to notpad++ Guest • Dec 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has an auto complete feature which makes it better than Notepad++ techcrankMay 2017 • 3 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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  • Eclipse

    Eclipse is an extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software across the entire software lifecycle. Many people know Eclipse as a Java IDE, but it is much more than that- Eclipse actually consists of over 60 different open-source projects, organized into 6 different categories: *. Enterprise Development *. Embedded and Device Development *. Rich Client Platform *. Rich Internet Applications *.

    • It is an entire IDE, not a text editor tool. Guest • Jan 2018 • 41 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Notepad++ is (relatively) light and programming agnostic with lots of text manipulation tools. Eclipse is none of these things. Guest • Jun 2018 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • 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 plugins.

    • Gedit can't fold code, can't make ident lines, and the ident is strange! Guest • Jul 2016 • 10 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • no sorting and don't reconize regular expression when 'replace' or search rmpbklynSep 2015 • 8 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Some essential plugins missing especially around code formatting tools Guest • Mar 2017 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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

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  • 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. Kate is a multi document editor, based on a rewritten version of the kwrite editing widget of KDE, offering all the features of that plus a bunch of its own. Kate has been been moved to the kdesdk package in KDE4, and is a built-in part of your favorite desktop since release 2.2.

    • Great syntax highlighting, and good plugin support. Fast and easy to use. ricjacMay 2017 • 4 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 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD KDE

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  • 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 to support text editing. The features of GNU Emacs include: * Content-sensitive editing modes, including syntax coloring, for a variety of file types including plain text, source code, and HTML. * Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.

    • 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 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • 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 Komodo IDE) a try: it'll be worth your while. Windows, Mac, Linux? Yes. PHP, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Perl, Tcl, XML, HTML5, CSS 3? Yes, with (customizable) syntax coloring, folding, background syntax checking, and excellent auto-complete and calltips (we call it "code intelligence").

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • 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 the box without installation, and does not touch your system's registry.

    • 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
    • It's a good alternative, but they should make tabs! Guest • Sep 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Faster startup, full replacement of notepad.exe for windows Guest • Feb 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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  • Bluefish Editor

    Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • SciTE

    SciTE is a SCIntilla based Text Editor. Originally built to demonstrate Scintilla, it has grown to be a generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs. It is best used for jobs with simple configurations - I use it for building test and demonstration programs as well as SciTE and Scintilla, themselves. SciTE is currently available for Intel Win32 and Linux compatible operating systems with GTK+. It has been run on Windows XP and on Fedora 8 and Ubuntu 7.

    • A simpler version of Notepad++. Supports all the jazz you'll need: syntax higlighting, it's clever with Tabs, mass renaminc, etc. No macros though. xxavxSep 2016 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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  • Neovim

    Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: Simplify maintenance and encourage contributions. Split the work between multiple developers. Enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source. Improve extensibility with a new plugin architecture.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android BSD

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  • TextMate

    TextMate brings Apple's approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike. Whether you are a programmer or a designer, the production of code and markup is hard work. Without an editor dedicated to the task, it is also often cumbersome, overwhelming, and repetitive.

    Commercial $ $ $ Open Source Mac

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  • AkelPad

    A simple notepad-like text editor with many features. It is designed to be a small and fast. User interface in 20 languages.

    • Portable, light weight, flexible, simple, fast. Guest • Sep 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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  • Notepad2-mod

    Changes compared to the official Notepad2 Code folding Support for bookmarks Option to mark all occurrences of a word Word auto-completion Syntax highlighting support for AutoHotkey, AutoIt3, AviSynth, Bash, CMake, Inno Setup, LaTeX, Lua, Markdown, NSIS, Ruby, Tcl and YAML scripts Improved support for NFO ANSI art Support for replacing Windows Notepad using a clean, unintrusive registry-based method Other various minor changes and tweaks

    • Notepad2-mod is built with the same Scintilla engine as Notepad++ but with a lighter feature set. It's very good if you want a very fast lightweight viewer/editor with some nice extras (syntax highlighting, word completion, line sorting etc.), but not a full on programming editor. joe_megJan 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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  • Notepadqq

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

    • Excellent editor. Pretty much the same UI as Notepad++ Guest • Sep 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • For those looking to replace Notepad++'s UI and functionality with a similar editor but on Linux, this is by far the most similar to Notepad++. The other alternatives are similar in the sense that they are code/text editors but not that they look abnd work the same. Guest • Mar 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • 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 real time feedback we need to not only answer questions about our code, but to understand how our programs really work.

    • Discontinued Appears to be abandoned. Last release was Jan 2016

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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  • QOwnNotes

    QOwnNotes is the open source plain-text notepad with markdown support and todo-list manager for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, that works together with the notes application of ownCloud. So you are able to write down your thoughts with QOwnNotes and edit or search for them later from your mobile device (like with CloudNotes) or the ownCloud web-service. The notes are stored as plain text files and are synced with ownCloud's file sync functionality.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Qt

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  • Lime Text

    Experimental Sublime Text clone. The Backend is written in Go (Programming Language). If you are fluent in go, go ahead fork the projekt. This project is at an early stage. It is a chance and a challenge. We hope you are up to it. The Frontend is written in what ever you want. At the moment there are termbox,qt and HTML/javascript implementations. Dart and skia are in discussion. If one of those Languages is your strong suit feel free to push the task forward.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Go (Programming Language)

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  • Leafpad

    Leafpad is a lightweight text editor that emphasizes simplicity. As development focuses on keeping weight down to a minimum, only the most essential features are implemented in the editor. Features: Codeset option (Some OpenI18N registered) Auto codeset detection (UTF-8 and some codesets) Unlimitted Undo/Redo Auto/Multi-line Indent Display line numbers Drag and Drop Printing

    Free Open Source Mac Linux BSD Cygwin MacPorts

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  • jEdit

    jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it. While jEdit beats many expensive development tools for features and ease of use, it is released as free software with full source code, provided under the terms of the GPL 2.0.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • ReText

    ReText is a simple text editor for Markdown and reStructuredText documents with syntax highlighting and optional live preview. It is written in Python using Qt libraries, able to run on any platforms (Linux and BSD are officially supported).

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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