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Best Notepad2 Alternatives

Notepad2 is described as 'fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting. Simple as possible, but yet powerful. Has full Unicode support. Can be run out of the box without installation, and does not touch your system's registry' and is a very popular Text Editor. There are more than 100 alternatives to Notepad2 for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and Xfce. The best alternative is Notepad++, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Notepad2 are Sublime Text, Atom, Geany and Kate.

Notepad2 alternatives are mainly Text Editors but may also be Code Editors or IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Notepad2.
This page was last updated Jun 28, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows
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Notepad2 is a fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting. Simple as possible, but yet...

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  1. Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

    Notepad++ vs Notepad2 opinions
    Most users think Notepad++ is a great alternative to Notepad2.

    The best plain text editor for Windows

    Positive comment almost 6 years ago
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  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.



  3. 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.

    Discontinued

    Atom will be discontinued at the end of 2022: https://github.blog/2022-06-08-sunsetting-atom/

    Atom vs Notepad2 opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Atom is still a legitimate alternative to Notepad2, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Slow and bloated. Atom isn't a lightweight Notepad2 alternative.

    Negative comment over 4 years ago
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  4. 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.

  5. 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.



  6. GNU nano

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku

    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. gedit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD
    • GNOME
    • OpenSolaris

    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.

  8. Bluefish Editor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

  9. CudaText is a cross-platform text editor, written in Lazarus.

  10. 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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    Killy

    Further improved fork with some convenient features. Still as lightweight as always.

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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