17 reviews


Released November, 2003

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Free, powerful text/source editor. Powerful regular expression text search and replace. Tabbed editing environment.

The Cons:VERY annoying software update nag notification. No Linux version. Newer version does not have the ability to view hexadecimal files.

Notepad++ is a free, open-source text editor program often used as a replacement to Windows Notepad, and as a fairly powerful source code editor. Notepad++ has been downloaded more than 8 million times from Sourceforge.

Product Shot 2net, has been translated into many languages, and includes numerous third-party plugins. The project is based on the Scintilla editor component and is headed by a single developer named Don Ho. Notepad++ supports syntax highlighting and autocompletion of many popular programming languages and scripts, and is fully customizable. It is a tab-based editing environment allowing you to have multiple files open at once in one instance of the program.


  • Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
  • User Defined Syntax Highlighting
  • Auto-completion
  • Multi-Document tabbed environment
  • Multi-View - a) place two documents side-by-side, b) view a single document in two different positions
  • Regular Expression Search/Replace supported
  • Full Drag ‘N' Drop supported
  • Dynamic position of Views
  • File Status Auto-detection (unsaved, file changed, file moved, etc.)
  • Zooming
  • Multi-Language environment supported
  • Bookmarks and line numbers
  • Brace and Indent guideline Highlighting
  • Macro recording and playback

User Reviews (19)

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  • 15

    Free, powerful text/source editor

  • 14

    Powerful regular expression text search and replace

  • 12

    Tabbed editing environment

  • 11

    Customizable interface (colors, fonts, etc.)

  • 8

    Language-specific and user-defined syntax highlighting

  • 6

    Multi-view for visualizing documents side-by-side

  • 1

    Very Simple and well organized

  • 3

    VERY annoying software update nag notification

  • 2

    No Linux version

  • 0

    Newer version does not have the ability to view hexadecimal files.

  • 0

    Is very slow with large files.

  • -1

    Does not have "Column Mode"

Comments (6)

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Erik: #notepad You can set up to Windows to use Notepad++ by default instead of standard Notepad Sep 10, 09
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east-tec: #notepad This is one of the best text editors I have used. Not only that it recognizes several formats and highlights text, it also allows editing files in multiple tabs, shows line numbers and other interesting features. Jun 18, 09
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GT-D: #notepad I really like Notepad++ - been using it instead of UltraEdit for awhile - bit lighter and had the features I want. May 16, 08
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exumer: #notepad I used this program when I learned Java back in college. Since everything is color coordinated, it easy to keep your code well formatted and neat. Anyone who codes in a markup language would find this useful. May 15, 08
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Whipdaddy: #notepad

Thanks for bringing this program to my attention a few months ago, I love Notepadd++ and use it to write all my blog entries on CarZi.com

Apr 3, 08
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Erik: #notepad I love this program. I have a shortcut key on my MS keyboard that opens up Notepad++ and I use it for note-taking, and, ironically, product report writing for ProductWiki. (I used Notepad++ to start this report for example) It's also great if you have to wrangle with HTML, XML, JS, and whatever the web throws your way. The regex replace is very powerful. Recommend! Apr 1, 08
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