11 Best Notepad++ Alternatives For Linux

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.

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12 Responses

  1. Azarel says:

    Please stop putting Vim, eMacs, and Nano at the top of your recommendations… FFS! This right here is the reason we can’t even get the majority of software devs to work on Linux and are stuck with sub double digit market share…

    Don’t get me wrong Nano is intuitive but if people are here looking for alternatives to Notepad++, they want a full GUI solution not some command line tool with keyboard only interaction. Sublime, Visual Studio Code, Atom, and Gedit should be the top 4 (not necessarily in that order).

    With the aforementioned not even enumerated as part of the list, literally ok now that you’ve got what you came here for (a GUI code editor), if you have to remotely manage servers you’ll want to be familiar with one of these as well.

  2. AquaL1te says:

    Yum on Fedora? This article is from 2015?

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Do you know yet that Yum is aliased to DNF, so you can still type “yum install mypackage” to install it packages on Fedora..

  3. Just a Dev says:

    Left out the part where SciTE is THE SAME editor np++ uses! Literally np++ is a wrapper for SciTE

  4. Scott says:

    You say ‘sadly there isn’t a version available for Linux’. Oh really? Then how is it that I have Notepad++ installed on my Ubuntu laptop? You need to check your facts.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Yes there isn’t any Notepad++ available to install from official or even using third party.. I think you’ve installed it using Wine…:)

      • Scott says:

        Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, under software. Tons of packages listed and Notepad++ is one of them. Installs as a snap package. No idea what is under the hood but I did not myself install wine.

  5. Meera Menon says:

    Do notepadd++ and atom take up lot of space on pc. Is it okay to use on regular basic laptop

    • Martins Okoi says:

      They are both memory-friendly and should work smoothly on any laptop. I suggest that you choose Atom if you want to pick one.

  6. Michael J. Ryan says:

    The first several options in your list really aren’t even comparable. Yes, you can edit text in a terminal. There’s a bit more you tend to get from a GUI editor. Sublime is imho the first option in your list that’s even comparable.

    I really like sublime and vs code myself. I tend to reach for vs code more, because it’s free, open source, on all major platforms and has a very rich extension ecosystem and works with almost everything I need. The integrated terminal is hands down my favorite feature. Second is decent git integration.

    • Martins Okoi says:

      Sublime Text is unquestionably a text editor to be reckoned with and for a while, it was my favorite choice even in the presence of the super friendly Atom until VS Code came along. Brackets is also cool but I haven’t used it extensively enough to choose it over Atom or VS Code.

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