notepad++ ubuntu

Notepad++ is one of the most popular text editors on Windows. It’s commonly described as being lightweight and straightforward. It supports most core features you’d expect from an editor (auto-completion, customizable GUI, etc.) and is overall just functional.

Notepad++ hasn’t been officially ported to Linux yet. As such, cross-platform editors like Sublime Text or Vim are usually preferred on Ubuntu. But there is an unofficial WINE-based snap that you can install to get Notepad++ on Ubuntu.

Installing the Notepad++ Snap

Usually, you’d need to set up Wine first to install a program designed for Windows like Notepad++. But in this case, the snap is already compiled with the required libraries. So, all you need to do is run the following command:

sudo snap install notepad-plus-plus

If you don’t want to use the terminal, you can also install the Notepad++ snap from the Ubuntu Store. 

Launch the Ubuntu Software app, search for Notepad++ (WINE), and press Install.

In either case, you can launch Notepad++ from the Applications menu afterward, or directly from the terminal by entering


Managing Notepad++

At the first launch, you’ll be prompted to update to the latest Notepad++ version. In the future, you can update Notepad++ to newer versions in the same manner.

If you want to remove Notepad++ instead, you can use the following command:

sudo snap remove notepad-plus-plus

You can also revisit the Notepad++ page in the Ubuntu Software app and uninstall it from there.

Notepad++ Alternatives On Ubuntu

If you’re not a fan of Wine or Snaps and would prefer a native alternative to Notepad++, here are some editors that offer a similar experience:

  • Notepadqq
  • Sublime Text
  • VS Code
  • Kate
  • Geany
Anup Thapa

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Anup Thapa is a Linux enthusiast with an extensive background in computer hardware and networking. His goal is to effectively communicate technical concepts in a simplified form understandable by new Linux users. To this end, he mainly writes beginner-friendly tutorials and troubleshooting guides. Outside of work, he enjoys reading up on a range of topics, traveling, working out, and MOBAs.