How to Install Notepad++ on Ubuntu Linux

Install Notepad++ on Ubuntu Linux

Can I install Notepad++ on Ubuntu Linux Distro?

No. You can’t.

There is no native installation available for the Linux operating system. Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses native Windows API, which makes it faster than many other text editors, but Windows-only applications.

But, no worries.

In this article, I wll show you how to get Notepad++ on Ubuntu.

Add Notepad++ in Ubuntu

There are many good, free and open-source text editors available for Linux. You will not miss Notepad++ at all. So there is no question to install it on Ubuntu or any other Linux OS.  But, if you recently moved from Windows to Linux and shying away to learn a new text editor, then go ahead with the installation.

The below methods work for Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and 18.04 versions.

Method 1 – Install Notepad++ On Ubuntu from Terminal (Commands)

There is no official snap available for Notepad++. This is created by mmtrt user. You can refer to this GitHub page for additional details. Ubuntu 18.04, 20.04, and 22.04 by default supports snap, for others distros, you need to install and enable snap first.

For Ubuntu, open the terminal and run the command to install Notepad++.

$ sudo snap install notepad-plus-plus
notepad-plus-plus 7.6.6 from Taqi Raza (mmtrt) installed

Once, the installation is complete, just type notepad-plus-plus on the terminal to launch it.

$ notepad-plus-plus

The first time Notepad++ starts, you get the below message saying the wine configuration is being updated. That is fine, as mentioned earlier this snap is based on Wine.

wine configuration update when Notepad++ launched first time

This is how it looks on Ubuntu.

This is how Notepad++ looks on Ubuntu

The installation worked fine for me. But if you face any issues while installing run the below command as per the snapcraft forum.

Troubleshooting

This snap uses the wine-i386 with a notepad-plus-plus portable. So you have to install mandatory and option plugs to make Notepad++ work properly on Ubuntu Linux Operating System.

Mandatory Plug

sudo snap connect notepad-plus-plus:process-control

Optional Plugs

sudo snap connect notepad-plus-plus:removable-media
sudo snap connect notepad-plus-plus:hardware-observe
sudo snap connect notepad-plus-plus:cups-control

Watch Video Tutorial – 

 

Method 2 – Install Notepad++ On Ubuntu using Software Center (Graphical Method)

This is another method using which you can easily add Notepad++ to Ubuntu using the software center. Good for beginners or those who prefer GUI to commands. Please note, at the end this method installs the Notepad++ snap package only.

Simply, go to activities and launch Ubuntu Software Center, and search for Notepad++.

search notepad++ on ubuntu software

Select Notepad++ (WINE) from the search result and click the Install button.

click install button to install Notepad++ on Ubuntu

Next, enter the sudo password. The installation completes in seconds.

Now, go to activities and search for Notepad++ and click to launch it.

Search Notepad++ in Activities and click to launch

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Updating and Removing Notepad++

Snaps are updated in the background. You don’t have to update it explicitly. But, you can always run the snap refresh command to update and have the latest Notepad++ version.

sudo snap refresh notepad-plus-plus
snap "notepad-plus-plus" has no updates available

You can simply remove it using the command given below.

sudo snap remove notepad-plus-plus

Summary

Thanks to wine technology, you can have Notepad++ on Linux. This should work on other distros like Debian, Mint, Redhat, OpenSuse, Fedora, and other Linux Distros which support snap technology. Performance may not be the same as you see in Windows. Ideally, you should not use Notepad++ on Linux as it is not made for it.

If you are interested to read more about Notepad++, visit this section on this website.

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