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.

    This page was last updated Nov 29, 2021

    1. TweakStyle is an Integrated Development Environment for Web Development. Unlike most IDEs, TweakStyle is tailor-made for Front-end Development and understands Web Design. It tends to packs all you need to code, preview and debug web pages with the perfect blend of features.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      BACK TO BASICS Inspired by word processors from the 1980s. Simple interface puts the focus on your writing. Stylized look and feel keeps you creative. Auto-save, gestures, and retina support. Immersive fullscreen mode.

      Discontinued

      App hasn't been updated since 2014, company website is parked. See version history: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/blinky/id550873221

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      • FreeOpen Source
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      A beautiful code editor built with the Electron framework Some features: -Autocompletion -File browsing -Syntax highlighting for over 50+ languages. -Runtime environments upto 15+ languages. -Real Time Code Sharing -Real Time Preview for HTML and Mark Down -Templating
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    2. Vis aims to be a modern, legacy-free, simple yet efficient editor, combining the strengths of both vi(m) and sam.
    3. jdTextEdit is a powerful texteditor with a lot of features. -Syntaxhighlighting -Very well configurable -Different encodings are supported -The session can be saved -User interface in German and English -Portable mode -Pluginsupport -Bookmarks -Macros
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Windows
      • Linux
      vy is a modal editor with a very modular architecture. vy is built on top of Tkinter which is one of the most productive graphical toolkits; It permits vy to have such a great programming interface for plugins.
    4. 4coder is a minimalist, cross platform, programmable, code editing environment, catering to the needs of low level programmers. It allows you to use one work flow across Windows, Linux, and Mac (with the exception of your debugger... for now.).
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    5. Tilde is a text editor for the console/terminal, which provides an intuitive interface for people accustomed to GUI environments such as Gnome, KDE and Windows. Example: copy current selection is Control-C; paste previously copied text is Control-V.
    6. Nota is a convergent text editor. Nota is easy to use, with a simple interface by default. Nota supports syntax highlighting for various languages, focus mode, annotations, configurable fonts, colors, a integrated side panel and more.
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    7. The vi editor is one of the most common text editors on Unix. It was developed starting around 1976 by Bill Joy at UCB, who was tired of the ed editor.