Notepad++ Alternatives and Similar Software

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.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 7/16/2020 7:46:00 PM

Alternatives to Notepad++ for all platforms with any license

  • Notepadqq

    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. The project is completely Free and Open Source: check it out on GitHub. How do you like it? Whether you are a dark theme guy or a light one, you'll find your favourite color scheme.

    • A lots of common functions with Notepad++, but slower... Guest • May 2020 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 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • slow than notepad++ but a really good alternative LordMaxFeb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Excellent editor. Pretty much the same UI as Notepad++ Guest • Sep 2016 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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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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  • PSPad

    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. Installation contains templates for HTML, PHP, Pascal, JScript, VBScript, MySQL, MS-Dos, Perl. PSPad is useful for people who: - work with various programming environments.

    • 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. Guest • Oct 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Excellent application, notepad++ sometime crashes and deletes the file contents (editing), PSPad doesn't have this problem. Guest • Jan 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • More stable with huge files. Has implemented great function in Special conversions: "Remove Accent from chars". Guest • Nov 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Windows

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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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  • UltraEdit

    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).

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux

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  • VSCodium

    This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's VSCode. Microsoft's downloads of Visual Studio Code are licensed under this not-FLOSS license and contain telemetry/tracking. According to this comment from a Visual Studio Code maintainer: When we [Microsoft] build Visual Studio Code, we do exactly this. We clone the vscode repository, we lay down a customized product.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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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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  • TextWrangler

    TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator’s tool. At its most basic, a text editor is a tool for simply editing text. You can use a text editor for a wide variety of tasks from cleaning up data, to editing configuration files on your Mac or server, to writing HTML or coding.

    • Discontinued
      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."

    Free Mac

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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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