2 Ways to Install Notepad++ on Ubuntu

install notepad++ on ubuntu

Notepad++ is a free and opensource code editor that is a replacement the plain old Notepad which is native in Microsoft Windows. It is written in C++ and supports a vast array of programming languages including PHP, C, C ++, ASP,  Python, Javascript and Perl. The latest version of at the time of penning down this guide is Notepad ++ 7.9 which ships with numerous enhancements and bug fixes.

In this guide, you will learn how to install Notepad++ on Ubuntu 20.04.

Key features of Notepad++ include:

  1. Automatic word completion functionality.
  2. Guided indentation
  3. Tabbed interface to facilitate working on multiple projects.
  4. Finding and replacing strings of text with the help of regular expressions.
  5. Syntax highlighting
  6. Autosaving

And so much more! While there are many other powerful and feature-rich IDEs out there such as Atom, Sublime Text, and Brackets by Adobe Systems, some users still prefer the simplicity that comes with Notepad++.

1) Install Notepad++ from the command line

Notepad++ is available from the snap store and can be installed by running the following command on the terminal.

$ sudo snap install notepad-plus-plus
Install notepad++ using snap
Install notepad++ using snap

This should take 3 minutes or so, and the installation will be done. To open Notepad++ code editor, use the application manager to search and launch the app as shown.

Launch notepad++
Launch notepad++

2) Install using the Ubuntu software Application

Another handy and convenient way that you can use to install Notepad is by leveraging the built-in Ubuntu software center that lets you install software with just a few simple mouse-clicks.

So, launch the Ubuntu software Centre by clicking its icon on the left sidebar or by using the application manager.

Launch Ubuntu software Center

Click on the search icon and search for 'Notepad++'. Scroll and locate it and click 'Install'. In this case, it is already installed and hence labelled 'Installed'.

Search for Notepad++
Search for Notepad++

Yes, we can install Notepad++ on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.


Notepadqq is an alternative for Notepad++. You can install Notepadqq using snap. It is a nice text editor like Notepad++.

That was a brief guide on how you can get Notepad++ installed on your Linux system. While Notepad++ pales in comparison to other code editors as mentioned in the introduction, it's a good starting point for newbies who are learning how to code. Your feedback is most welcome.

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