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. Notepadqq is designed from developers, for developers. With its more than 100 supported languages, it is the ideal text editor for your daily tasks. How to install? Search a package for your Linux distribution or, if you're on Ubuntu, add the ppa.
      Notepadqq vs Notepad++ opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Notepadqq is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      Excellent editor. Pretty much the same UI as Notepad++
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

      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.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      LordMax slow than notepad++ but a really good alternative
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      A lots of common functions with Notepad++, but slower...
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    2. 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.
      Most users think Neovim is a great alternative to Notepad++.

    3. 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 explorer for Pascal, C/C++, INI, HTML, XML, PHP and more in development, internal web browser with APACHE support.
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      PSPad vs Notepad++ opinions
      Almost everyone thinks PSPad is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      More stable with huge files. Has implemented great function in Special conversions: "Remove Accent from chars".
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

      Excellent application, notepad++ sometime crashes and deletes the file contents (editing), PSPad doesn't have this problem.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

      This is just a terrific tool to use when viewing text files. The file comparison tool works brilliantly to identify differences between files. The interface is clean and customizable. You can find all instances of a string of characters and use those to navigate through the file. You can also export that list to a new document. There are too many great features to list. Give it a try and see what you think.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    4. 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.
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      Almost everyone thinks Bluefish Editor is a great alternative to Notepad++.
    5. UltraEdit is the ideal text, HTML and HEX editor, and an advanced PHP, Perl, Java and JavaScript editor for programmers. An industry-award winner, UltraEdit supports disk-based 64-bit file handling (standard) on 32-bit Windows platforms (Windows 2000 and later).
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      Most users think UltraEdit is a great alternative to Notepad++.

    6. 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.
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      QOwnNotes vs Notepad++ opinions
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      lian00 Notepad++ is a code editor, QOwnotes is a notes manager. Very different purpose.
      Negative comment 4 months ago

    7. Micro is a terminal-based text editor that aims to be easy to use and intuitive, while also taking advantage of the full capabilities of modern terminals.
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      Micro vs Notepad++ opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      it has alot more features in unix because it has a terminal attatched to it simple easy to use also hackable
      Positive comment 2 months ago

    8. TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator’s tool.


      The developers announced that development of TextWrangler has stopped, in favor of concentrating their efforts on the development of BBEdit.

      Quoted from the TextWrangler webpage, "We are sunsetting TextWrangler, and we encourage anyone interested in TextWrangler to download and use BBEdit instead."

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      Most users think TextWrangler is a great alternative to Notepad++.
    9. Professional text editing for Chrome and Chrome OS.
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      Caret vs Notepad++ opinions
      Most users think Caret is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      tvgoing1 not online, works only for chrome and cloud based
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      It has similar options, you can select the language you are programming on and also has themes.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      Its not an online, cloud based app. It works only for chrome.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      You can use it offline and its easy to access.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    10. CudaText is a cross-platform text editor, written in Lazarus. It starts quite fast (0.5 sec with ~30 plugins on CPU Intel Core i3 3Hz). It is extensible by Python add-ons (plugins, linters, code tree parsers, external tools).
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