I got addicted to notepad++ on windows and I've recently moved to Ubuntu. I'm missing a tool as such.

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Doesn't the bundled editor GEdit offer much the same functionality? If you need a richer functionality, use a “true” Linux editor such as GVim or Emacs.

To harness the full power of GEdit, have a look at this blog posting entitled Pimp my Gedit. Notepad++ is no match to this.

Konrad Rudolph
I'll give it a try, thanks!
I'm back after a while... and I can say that while GEdit is good, Notepad++ is awesome. Tabbing, macros, plugins, search$replace in entire folders, etc.
Uh … GEdit has all these things and more. Have you also installed/activated some of the useful plugins?
Konrad Rudolph
that may be one of the reasons people don't like gedit as much; you have to instal/activate what others come with out of the box...
@RCIX: I bet some thought the same of Firefox at one time too...
my only complaint about gedit is that I can't get it to save my documents to a Jungledisk (Amazon S3) based disk. nano on the command line works fine, JEdit works fine, but not GEdit.
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I would personally recommend VIM or GVIM. Its features are unmatched as far as I am concerned. Code folding and syntax highlighting are key features that are in both applications.

Mark Schill
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Emacs and Vi are you best options, the power of those will dwarf anything that notepad++ can do...The learning curve is steep.

Gedit is pretty good with a few add-ons.


gedit has long been a staple of my X installations. GVim is handy as well, but with Gedit and vi, I have just about everything I want.

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If you are using KDE, give kate a try.

give it a try in GNOME too,its really nice.
Roman A. Taycher
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you can use kate editor

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Welcome to the dark side :)

From the top of my head, I would suggest gVim, the "graphical" version of Vim. It's an extremely competent editor, but it takes some time to get used to it. I had to check the tutorial to understand all the shortcuts etc. It has syntax highlighting for most languages.

But i don't know of any good WYSIWYG editor. However, you could of course try to run Notepad++ through Wine. That might work :)

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GEdit is indeed more powerful than it may appear at first; in particular, the plugin system allows it to gain pretty much all the functionality you would find in something like Windows' Notepad++.

There are plenty of sites that give you tips on "tricking out" your gEdit, such as this one, or this one or this one for a more-or-less comprehensive listing. Googling around will find you many more.

Hope this helps! :)

Adrian Petrescu

You could try gvim or xemacs, they'll probably take longer to get used to than np++ but either should be able to do everything you need. If this isn't good enough, you could also always just run np++ in Wine :)

XEmacs? Who uses XEmacs nowadays? The original Emacs is obviously the better one! ;)
Deniz Dogan
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If you are looking for the same editing component, use SciTE. SciTE and Notepad++ both use Scintilla behind the scenes.

Vulcan Eager
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Notepad++ works well with WINE. Installation instructions can be found at This link is no longer valid.

WINE is a great solution if you depend on one app that you can't run native under linux e.g. for me Photoshop
-1 Never suggest to run Windows applications with wine, especially when better alternatives available.
+1 Never force a user to change their stuff when they don't have to. I too have been using a text editor through Wine daily for several years, with zero crash as far as I can remember. I tried Kate, Kdevelop, Komodo, Eclipse and probably a few more, and in the end I just came back my good old editor because that's what I'm the most proficient with. Change for the sake of change is counter productive.
Josh Davis

I second vim/gvim. However, if you're looking to ease the transition to vim, you can use cream, which is kind of like vim w/ insert modes as default (there's probably more to it than that, though...)


Gedit if you're using Gnome, or KWrite if you're using KDE, or Mousepad if you're using XFCE (although I don't know if it has syntax highlighting).

Notepad++ will run under Wine.


Kate and Nedit were always favourites where I worked.

Abyss Knight

I like vim (use it even on Windows) but if you want to avoid the steep learning curve and use something more "Windowsish", try NEdit:

Nemanja Trifunovic

Cream [] will give you the power of Vim with the convenience of a graphical interface.

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Notepad++ works fantastically in Ubuntu under wine. If you absolutely can't do without it, you can still have it.

I personally have been using Medit because it's lightweight, although it doesn't have some of the best featured of notepad++. Specifically, the split screen view is something I miss almost every single day.

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I vote for Geany, it is in Ubuntu repositories.

Geany should be fairly familiar to Notepad++ users, because they both share the Scintilla editing component and have a similar style of interface. It is a fair bit simpler than Notepad++ though which may be good or bad, depending on whether it has 'simplified away' any features you'd miss.

With WINE 1.0 you can emulate Notepad++

WINE is Not an Emulator!
Linus Unnebäck
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Give Editra a try. It is open source and written in Python (runs on most platforms). The code is pretty stable. The project is being actively developed. Editra was recently featured on lifehacker.

Full Disclosure: my friend and colleague started the project

James Wulkan

I highly recommend SciTE:

It is fast, light, highly configurable, and cross-platform. I've tried GEdit, Kate, NEdit, vim, etc., but SciTE gets my vote.

+1  A: 

There is another thread about it here, but jEdit is a Java-based editor which is in the Ubuntu repositories.

If you're used to Notepad++ it will probably have a slightly easier learning curve for you than Vim or Emacs, and I find it has more (useful) features than gEdit - and it has loads of plugins., if you want the actual website :)

Phill Sacre
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Geany is pretty similar to Notepad++. Supports syntax highlighting for several languages, auto-indent, tabs, etc. While plenty of the other editors listed here are excellent, geany seems the most similar to notepad++

They both use the Scintilla editing component, which renders the text (which includes code folding, tabs and syntax highlighting, among other things).

I like gEdit and I followed most of the tips that I found here to make it a pretty good lightweight IDE.


There are lots of plugins that you can add to the "base" editors of the main linux frontends Gedit (for Gnome), KWrite (for KDE) or MousePad (for XFCE), but if you want something more equipped from the beginning try Geany (for Gnome or XFCE) or Kate (for KDE).


I found MadEdit quite an ok replacement, though mind you, it's on my university's computers, so I have no idea where to get it from.

hasen j

Emacs has great support for all kinds of different editing modes and is still quite usable even for new users. It also allows for massive customization once you realize it's the best thing that ever happened to you.

Deniz Dogan
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Can someone tell me if there's any editor that has tag match capability? For example: my title

when you position the cursor anywhere within the opening brackets, Notepad++ will highlight the opening and closing tag's bracket (> in the closing tag), so everything in between will be highlighted, it's very useful when you need to edit HTML/CSS pages, is there anything similar for Linux/Ubuntu? I just switched to Ubuntu 9.04 and tried a few editors (Bluefish, Gedit, Geany, etc.), but none of them do what Notepad++ does with closing tag, maybe it's there and I couldn't figure out how to configure it. \

If there's such editor out there, please let me know which one and how to configure it.

Thanks for your comment/suggestion Michael

That is one of the things I love about Notepad++. I haven't found that myself, but you should look on Gedit plugins. Good Luck
I did, but the plugins in Gedit just match the bracket and not tag, btw, can u share Win installation with Wine? I mean after you install Wine, do you still have to install Notepad++ or you can just use Notepad++ already install on my C drive (I have a dual boot machine, so the C drive is still accessible). Thanks
Vim and Emacs both have that.

Hello guys,

after a long time of searching the best Notepad++ alternative in Linux, I find that Notepad++ is the best alternative for Notepad++ in Linux. :-)

Here is the solution,

  1. Install Wine from Ubuntu software Center, I used Wine 1.1.31;
  2. Download Notepad++Portablelink text;
  3. Go to your Notepad++ download folder, right click on the *.exe file and chose Open with Wine.....
  4. Chose your language, chose your C:\Program Files\Notepad++Portable and click Install; 5 Go to Aplication Ubuntu menu, in Aplications/Wine/Browse c:/Drive or paste the following ~/.wine/dosdevices/c:/Program Files/Notepad++Portable in your File explorer
  5. Right click on Notepad++Portable.exe and chose Open with Wine.....

That's it,


Most of the time I'm working remotely, saving directly over FTP to my webhost. gEdit will do this without difficulty. Notepad++ would require an additional upload/download step with FileZilla.
+1  A: 

you should really learn VIM... vi is in every linux and unix build ... therefore no matter what machine you get on, you will be able to do very powerful editing. emacs would be the other choice to learn... the other programs are nice but you will all thank us once you get passed the learning curve and your production will FLY... even if you use gvim/cream on windows it is WELL worth it. I have to use windows at work and people come by and see me running vim and are like WTF is that! meanwhile they use shitty dreamweaver lmao

+2  A: 

I would vote UP the first couple if stack overflow would let me.

Notepad++ under wine is OK but why? syntax highlighting is broken and some other things in it are broken like pop up boxes that take an integer. so it is pointless. Great app in windows though.

Kate is fantastic alternative. The fonts are very smoothed (antialiased), it's reasonably snappy and has a lot of great features that are useful in notepad++ like being able to see all characters, change line endings, syntax highlighting, line numbers, code folding i believe, etc.

I would not recommend gvim or emacs. It's 30 years into the future for them, folks, we don't need to hamhand our keyboard with tekkenlike combos because of the advent of the mouse and simple cut paste, home, end keys and a modest number of combos. Plus, it's a total pain in the butt to get emacs fonts to NOT give everyone a severe tension headache after looking at the horrible fonts for 5 minutes. Yes i know there's a way to fix this, but it's unclear, badly documented and unless you are some ubergeek you are just goign to waste hourse of your life getting emacs to work half=as well as ultraedit, which is now native to linux but unfrotunately not free.

best, chris