Brief: Notepad Next is an interesting replacement for Notepad++ users on Linux, along with its cross-platform support. Let’s take a closer look.
Notepad++ is a popular source code editor and a solid Notepad alternative for Windows users.
It is a powerful utility that provides the best possible performance without taking a lot of storage space.
Unfortunately, it is not available for Linux users. An unofficial Snap package is available to install, but it may not be satisfactory considering it depends on an embedded version of Wine under the hood.
While we do have some options for Notepad++ alternatives, I came across something that tries to re-implement what Notepad++ offers for Linux users. And, with a similar user interface.
Moreover, it is a cross-platform offering. Exciting, right?
Meet Notepad Next.
Notepad Next: Open-Source Notepad++ Alternative
Notepad Next aims to resemble the feature offerings and the user interface you get with Notepad++.
Note that you should not expect the same level of offering, considering Notepad Next is still under active development (at version 0.5 as of now) and needs several improvements. That being said, Notepad Next is usable and stable for the most part.
The developer recommends against it if you need it for critically important work.
Under the hood, the app utilizes C++, Lua, and Qt5 for its user interface.
Features of Notepad Next
Notepad Next is a feature-rich source code editor that you can also use to replace your default text editor.
Some of the key features include:
- Folders as Workspace.
- Support for a range of languages like C++, YAML, XML, LaTeX, PHP, Python, R, Rust, etc.
- Tweaks to disable/enable parts of the UI.
- Supports recording macro, running it, and saving a recorded macro.
- Find and Replace feature in Files.
- Line operations.
- Editor inspector for detailed information on the document.
- Indent guide.
- Undo/Redo buttons.
- Zoom in/ Zoom out.
- Lua console.
- EOL operations.
- Ability to convert upper case ↔ lower case.
It is also worth noting that the macOS version is highly experimental at the time of writing this. But, it is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS. So, once the developers iron out the issues, it should be a perfect cross-platform open-source text editor app.
Install Notepad Next on Linux
I tried the Flatpak app to test it briefly on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, and it worked fine. However, I limited my usage to basic functions and preferences.
So, you can choose to explore more about it on its GitHub page or proceed with installing it to give it a try.