Notepad++ Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Notepad++ for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is Sublime Text. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Visual Studio Code or Atom. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Notepad++ and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Notepad++ are Vim (Free, Open Source), Geany (Free, Open Source), gedit (Free, Open Source) and Kate (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jun 4, 2021

    Platforms

    × Clear
    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Android
    • Google Chrome
    • iPad
    • iPhone
    • Xfce
    • PortableApps.com
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • Android Tablet
    • Self-Hosted
    • Haiku
    • GNOME
    • OpenSolaris
    • Cygwin
    • Wine

    Features

    • Syntax Highlighting
    • Portable
    • IDE
    • Lightweight
    • Code completion
    • Extensible by Plugins/Extensions
    • Tabbed interface
    • Customizable
    • Autocompletion
    • Support for regular expressions
    • Search and replace
    • Support for Unicode
    • Multiple languages
    • Python
    • Hex Editor
    • C++
    • Automatic Indentation
    • Coding
    • Support for Large File

    License

    • Free
    • Open Source
    • Paid
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    • Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose - any kind of text file. You'll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features. View 172 alternatives to Sublime Text
      Almost everyone thinks Sublime Text is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Sublime Text vs Notepad++
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      It's fast and has powerful editor features. Usability and UX of Sublime Text are just outstanding.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      6
      Akoot Better looking UI and it's available across all platforms. Also, Package Control is amazing
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      11
      CeesT Notepad++ allows toggling bookmarks with a single click.
      Top negative comment  about 4 years ago

      -1
      Support for many languages, good debugging without any plugins.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      -1
      kylepiira Both are native text editors that don't use Electron
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
      IhorLevchenko Easy, lightweight and fast.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      0
      I love to use sublime text to configure HTML5 and CSS it's my favorite text editor for code, and use it regularly.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      2
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    • VS Code is more than just a code editor, it provides the tools and extensions to compile, debug, compare, refactor, and even manage code repositories all within a... View 170 alternatives to Visual Studio Code
      Most users think Visual Studio Code is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Chrome OS
      Visual Studio Code vs Notepad++
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      swood544 Very nice and fresh software for source code editing with a lot of features
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      16
      avitalbennatan Incredibly performant and versatile editor. With the feeling of an editor and the power of an IDE
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      7
      Yet another simple tool reimplemented in the extremely bloated Electron framework. No thanks.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      38
      Hau_Kai It's more than just an environment to view code with highlighting. It is a basic yet complete coding environment to write and run code.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      0
      Visual Studio Code is great but it is heavy and complex. Not a good replacement for simple GUI text editor with macro support which is Notepad++.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      1
      22Ezra22 Supports lots of features and different types of development. It has emulators when developing android apps.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      SFZ Great features and lots of good extensions
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      5
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    • Extensible, cross-platform text editor with a rich ecosystem of plugins and themes. View 181 alternatives to Atom
      Some users think Atom is a great alternative to Notepad++, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Chrome OS
      • BSD
      • Electron / Atom Shell
      Atom vs Notepad++
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Despite sometimes high demanding (for an text editor), good as an Editor/IDE.
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

      3
      Great UI. Great Packages (extensions). Support for several programming languages. Great developers and community. Free and Open Source.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      1
      What should be a simple application is implemented in the extremely bloated Electron framework. No thanks, I'll take something native.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      90
      edapm Notepad++ has a dated feel about it. Atom is lightweight, and feels modern and slick.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      1
      You can use it on chromebooks and it really makes a difference, plus i really really love hacking things!!! keep it up:)
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
      RemovedUser Bloated and slow compared to Notepad++
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      19
      donoai More beautiful and has much more tools
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      0
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    • Vim ("Vi IMproved") is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of contributed content. It also has a GUI version called GVim. View 176 alternatives to Vim
      Most users think Vim is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Haiku
      • AmigaOS
      • OpenSolaris
      • MorphOS
      Vim vs Notepad++
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      marcinkowalski Serves same purpose, similar features, different approach, multiplatform, ubiquitous.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      6
      Fastest in use. You can improve your productivity and performance when writing.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      1
      Vim is a console app and require to know its commands to use it, while Notepad++ is UI driven, anyone can use it.
      Top negative comment  about 6 years ago

      21
      RemovedUser Although it runs as a GUI, you still need to know the vi commands. Unless you don't mind using the menu bar to do everything.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      -1
      superluminar vim is a console app and relies on a special keyboard command syntax which users need to learn and know. It is already a joke that people do not manage to remember how to quit vi(m) not to mention all the other things people might not remember about the commands.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      -5
      I like to use the vim command line version on windows it feels pretty minimalistic and its appearance gives the impression it goes right to the job of editing text
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      2
      Lightweight, configurable, and fast. Has a lot of options, but all of them are very intuitive.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      -2
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    • Geany is a small and lightweight Integrated Development Environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages. View 122 alternatives to Geany
      Almost everyone thinks Geany is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      • Xfce
      Geany vs Notepad++
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Geany in functionality and interface is very similar to Notepad++
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

      16
      Virtually the same features and on top of it it's cross platform and open source.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      6
      Fast, lightweight, functional.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

      0
      niezniszczalny Has the same features + some more features than Notepad++. And It's Free Software, on GPL license - huge PLUS for this! ++++
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
      RontG Truly multiplatform and free.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      Resdek Free, lightweight, multi platform, open source, customizable. What more do you want?
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      11
      jovin Simple, lightweight. But there're syntax highlighting and code completion.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      10
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    • Official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Has syntax highlighting and is suitable for programming, with support for several languages. It is extensible with plugins. View 155 alternatives to gedit
      Most users think gedit is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Chrome OS
      • BSD
      • GNOME
      • OpenSolaris
      gedit vs Notepad++
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Gedit can't fold code, can't make ident lines, and the ident is strange!
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

      10
      rmpbklyn no sorting and don't reconize regular expression when 'replace' or search
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

      5
      Some essential plugins missing especially around code formatting tools
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      3
    • The Kate project develops two main products: KatePart, the advanced editor component which is used in numerous KDE applications requiring a text editing component, and Kate, a MDI... View 117 alternatives to Kate
      Almost everyone thinks Kate is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • KDE
      Kate vs Notepad++
      pros, cons and recent comments
      ricjac Great syntax highlighting, and good plugin support. Fast and easy to use.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      8
      lightweight, code syntax highlighting, regex find and replace
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      1
      Ugotsta Kate is also open-source like Notepad++ and likewise runs at the speed of a native app. Features align pretty nicely between the two, but Kate runs natively on all desktops, not just Windows. Same workflow on Windows, Mac and Linux.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      1
    • GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. View 143 alternatives to GNU Emacs
      Most users think GNU Emacs is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Homebrew
      GNU Emacs vs Notepad++
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Emacs is the be-all-end-all text editor. It takes a while to learn, but its code and text editing commands are extremely powerful. There's also a package manager for things like auto completion, automatic running, and more language support.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      3
      I don't want a fake psychologist nor to play tetris, I really just want a powerful IDE.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      1
    • Binary releases of Visual Studio Code without Microsoft branding, telemetry and licensing. View 163 alternatives to VSCodium
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Electron / Atom Shell
      VSCodium vs Notepad++
      pros, cons and recent comments
      The power of Visual Studio without all the tracking of Microsoft in a simple and intuitive layout
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      0
    • GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. View 119 alternatives to GNU nano
      Most users think GNU nano is a great alternative to Notepad++.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Haiku
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