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Open Source Notepad++ Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Notepad++ is Atom. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Vim or Geany. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Notepad++ and loads of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Notepad++ are gedit, Kate, VSCodium and GNU Emacs.

Notepad++ alternatives are mainly Text Editors but may also be Code Editors or IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Notepad++.
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  1. 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.

    Discontinued

    Atom will be discontinued at the end of 2022: https://github.blog/2022-06-08-sunsetting-atom/

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    Despite sometimes high demanding (for an text editor), good as an Editor/IDE.

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    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.

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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.

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    D33pSh33p

    Feels bloated and sluggish compared to Notepad++. It makes my laptop sad when doing lots of multitasking. That's the main reason I don't use it.

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    NuncioBitis

    Too slow, big, and heavy, and a memory hog.

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    lian00

    I tried Atom and it’s probably the most heavy code editor I ever met (more than 1 Go installed).

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    edapm

    Notepad++ has a dated feel about it. Atom is lightweight, and feels modern and slick.

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  2. 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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    marcinkowalski

    Serves same purpose, similar features, different approach, multiplatform, ubiquitous.

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    Fastest in use. You can improve your productivity and performance when writing.

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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.

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    Xandros

    Notepad++ is a gui application, while vim is strictly for terminals.

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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.

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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.

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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

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  3. 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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    Resdek

    Free, lightweight, multi platform, open source, customizable. What more do you want?

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    jovin

    Simple, lightweight. But there're syntax highlighting and code completion.

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    logixoul

    Breaks some of my basic workflows. E.g. can't drop files onto the Geany window (to open them), can't use F3 for "find next"... OTOH the UI is nice and sleek.

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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.

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    Fast, lightweight, functional.

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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! ++++

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    RontG

    Truly multiplatform and free.

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  4. gedit icon

    gedit

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    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD
    • GNOME
    • OpenSolaris

    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.

    The Default look under GNOME with Adwaita
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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!

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    Some essential plugins missing especially around code formatting tools

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    rmpbklyn

    no sorting and don't reconize regular expression when 'replace' or search

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  5. 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.

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    lightweight, code syntax highlighting, regex find and replace

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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.

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  6. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's Visual Studio Code - Open Source ("Code - OSS") project, the open source core of the proprietary Visual Studio Code.

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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.

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    The power of Visual Studio without all the tracking of Microsoft in a simple and intuitive layout

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  7. 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:

    Emacs can compare two files and highlight their differences (M-x ediff)
    GNU Emacs vs Notepad++ opinions
    Most users think GNU Emacs is a great alternative to Notepad++.

    Emacs is a security hazard and its usage implies a certain political opinion.

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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.

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    I don't want a fake psychologist nor to play tetris, I really just want a powerful IDE.

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    GNU nano

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku

    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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    johnhk

    It one of the better TerminalBased (CLI) editors. I from a WindowsOS enviroment, so I differentiate between CLI and GUI editors. But as a cli-text-editor its very windows-user-friendly.

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    Notepadqq

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    • Linux

    Notepadqq is designed from developers, for developers. With its more than 100 supported languages, it is the ideal text editor for your daily tasks.

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    Almost everyone thinks Notepadqq is a great alternative to Notepad++.

    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.

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    Excellent editor. Pretty much the same UI as Notepad++

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    A lots of common functions with Notepad++, but slower...

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    LordMax

    slow than notepad++ but a really good alternative

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  10. Neovim is Vim out of the box.

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    Most users think Neovim is a great alternative to Notepad++.
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