Notepadqq: Notepad++ Clone For Linux

Looking for Notepad++ in Linux? Unfortunately, Notepad++ is available for Windows platform only. At work, where I have to use Windows, Notepad++ is my favorite text editor. And at times I miss Notepad++ in Ubuntu.

There is a Wine version of Notepad++ for Linux but using it is not the same as using a native Linux application.

Notepadqq: Notepad++ alternative for Linux

I know there are plenty of text editors that can be used as Notepad++ alternative in Linux such as SciTE . Some are even better even it comes to code handling such as the upcoming Atom editor from Github. But if you get used to of a certain application, you would want the same on all the platforms.

And this is where Notepadqq comes in picture. It is a look alike of Notepad++ which almost same features. If you are a Notepad++ fan, I would suggest to give Notepadqq a try. Here is a screenshot from Notepadqq developer:

Notepadqq best alternative to Notepad++ in Linux

Install Notepadqq in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

For Ubuntu and Ubuntu based Linux distributions such as Linux Mint, Elementary OS, PinguyOS there is a PPA available from the developers. Open the terminal and use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:notepadqq-team/notepadqq
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install notepadqq

Install Notepadqq in other Linux distributions

Apart from Debian packages, Notepadqq also have packages for Arch Linux. Apart from that, you can get the source code from its Github repository.

Remove Notepadqq installed from PPA

If you did not like Notepadqq, you can uninstall it by using the commands below if you had installed it via PPA:

sudo apt-get remove notepadqq
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:notepadqq-team/notepadqq

Notepad++ is not the only text editor that has been cloned in Linux. We have earlier seen Lime Text editor which is a clone to Sublime Text editor. So as I said before there is no dearth for good text editors in Open Source world.

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  • I like this editor because it has some sort of background that has paper like visual texture. I am trying to replace Geany with it because Geany is giving me color output that doesn’t match what the config files should be outputting.

    Notepadqq has this annoying problem where, if shutdown unexpectedly, it opens up very tab left open last time in new windows. Not as tabs.

    Worse, it opens the same file in multiple windows. Why? I couldn’t find an answer to it, maybe it is something I am doing.
    Thank you all the devs creating and working on such cools apps!

  • Now seriously my Chickadees, I am a very strong advocate
    of “Kate”. I think it blows Notepad out of the water.