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    Notepad Alternatives for Linux

    Notepad is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Atom. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Vim or Kate. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Notepad and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Notepad are Sublime Text (Free Personal), gedit (Free, Open Source), GNU nano (Free, Open Source) and GNU Emacs (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 2, 2022
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    1. Atom is an open-source, Electron based text editor with a massive ecosystem of plugins and themes that are easily accessible through a built-in package manager. Being built with Electron, it uses web technology (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Node.
      Most users think Atom is a great alternative to Notepad.
    2. 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.
      Most users think Sublime Text is a great alternative to Notepad.

    3. 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.
    4. 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 text editor application.
    5. 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.

    6. GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization support, and filename tab completion.
    7. GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing. The features of GNU Emacs include:
    8. CudaText is a cross-platform text editor, written in Lazarus.
    9. 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).
    10. 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.
      Mousepad vs Notepad opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      xvhpqg It's simple, minimalistic and stable.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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