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. Notepad3 is a fast and light-weight Scintilla-based text editor with syntax highlighting. It has a small memory footprint, but is powerful enough to handle most programming jobs.
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    2. Writemonkey is a Windows zenware writing application with an extremely stripped down user interface, leaving you alone with your thoughts and your words.
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    3. TextMate brings Apple's approach to operating systems into the world of text editors. By bridging UNIX underpinnings and GUI, TextMate cherry-picks the best of both worlds to the benefit of expert scripters and novice users alike.
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      Most users think TextMate is a great alternative to Notepad++.
    4. Textastic is a text editor for iPhone, iPad and Mac with rich support for syntax highlighting, FTP, SFTP and Dropbox.
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      Textastic vs Notepad++ opinions
      Most users think Textastic is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      It's the same as Notepad++ but for iPad
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

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      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 programs.
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      SciTE vs Notepad++ opinions
      Almost everyone thinks SciTE is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      xxavx 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.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      A simple and hackable notepad.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    5. Considering that most text editors are eather too heavy or look too old, the author came up with Notepads, designed to be a modern-looking UWP app. Notepads features : - Fluent design with built-in Tab system.
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      jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it.
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    6. ReText is a simple text editor for Markdown and reStructuredText documents with syntax highlighting and optional live preview. It is written in Python using Qt libraries, able to run on any platforms (Linux and BSD are officially supported).
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    7. Syntax Highlighting: Colorize more than 50 pre-installed major languages like HTML, PHP, Python, Ruby or Markdown. You can also create your own settings.
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    8. A simple text editor for the Xfce desktop environment. Mousepad aims to be an easy-to-use and fast editor for quickly editing text files, not a development environment or an editor with a huge bunch of plugins.
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