Alternatives to Notepad++ for all platforms with any license

  • 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...

    Commercial 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...

    • 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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  • AkelPad

    A simple notepad-like text editor with many features. It is designed to be a small and fast. User interface in 20 languages. Features * Single window (SDI)...

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

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Notepad2-mod

    A modified version (fork) of Notepad2 based on Kai Liu's and other people's patches.

    • 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

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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 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source 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...

    Free Mac

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    • 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."
  • Caret

    Professional text editing for Chrome and Chrome OS. Caret is a graphical text editor modeled on http://alternativeto .

    • It has similar options, you can select the language you are programming on and also has themes. Guest • Nov 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Its not an online, cloud based app. It works only for chrome. Guest • May 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • You can use it offline and its easy to access. Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Web Chrome OS Chrome

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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...

    Free Open Source Mac Linux BSD Cygwin MacPorts

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Notepad++ Comments

Comment by gjandrews35
about Notepad++ · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 4 Helpful Report as spam

Fast ! And I dont have to save every time I close the APP.

Comment by mliliankow
about Notepad++ · Sep 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

I am satisfied

Comment by mahmuds
about Notepad++ · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

notepad++ best editer software for webdesign

Comment by ChelOis
about Notepad++ · Apr 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

This marvel is an essential part of the Freeware/OpenSource set of applications that I always install and use on my PC. Do yourself a favor, forget about standard Notepad and other paid or even free alternatives.


Best free editor for ColdFusion

Comment by 10basetom
about Notepad++ · Aug 2015 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

NPP + nppColdFusion plugin = best free code editor for ColdFusion.

Comment by Greenskid
about Notepad++ · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Super fast load times, and ability to handle large files, make it my goto text editor on Windows.



Comment by JennyBredst
about Notepad++ · Oct 2015 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I use it for code editing on my Windows machine. I am satisfied.


Notepad++ abandoning sourceforge

Comment by tabakis
about Notepad++ and SourceForge · Jun 2015 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Due to the alleged hijacking of various apps by SF.

"I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators."



A must

Comment by almfunding
about Notepad++ · May 2015 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Notepad++ is currently my go to for coding. It's simple and highlights syntax in a way that makes things super easy for me.


good really good

Comment by Torrent_Freak
about Notepad++ · Mar 2015 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Must have for a developer


its alright

Comment by Joseph864
about Notepad++ · May 2013 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

not the greatest and not as powerful but it works fine.

Comment by blackboard
about Notepad++ · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I don't know why so many people use this. I like TextPad much better. It's more polished, fast, bug-free, and just works. The only thing I wish TextPad had is outliner or folding editor functionality. Oh, and cross-platform too, that would be nice.

Comment by jb64
about Notepad++ · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Plugins are absolutely abysmal, I can't find a working FTP plugin which is sad. NppFTP causes Notepad++ to crash every time, and FTP_synchronize can't download certain files.


I've had no problem whatsoever using the NppFTP-Plugin. Maybe it's been resolved? You might want to give it one more try, I think it works fabulous. :)

Comment by em4020
about Notepad++ · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Because of the unique management of projects, folders and links I prefer Small PSPad iconPSPad to Small Notepad++ iconNotepad++ .
With this great system of projects, folders and links it is easier to find notes quicker and grouped in projects in comparison with NotePad++. Besides these better search- und link-features PSPad is very similar to NotePad++. For the daily very quick access (with its wake-up-area at the top of the screen) to standard texts as my phone number, OpenID-URL, account-numbers, fax-number, mail-adresses, signatures I like Small QuickNote iconQuickNote .
For notes, which I want to use also with Windows Mobile device or on other computers I prefer Small Evernote iconEvernote with its unique web-synchronization features.