Notepadqq – great Notepad++ alternative on Ubuntu

I’ve recently had to switch by dev setup from Windows+VMWare to working from Ubuntu since I needed to use Vagrant+Ansible, and that dev setup never plays well with Windows.  This meant having to go through a new setup and look for alternatives to most of my favourite Windows tools.  One of these was Notepad++ I could of course use Wine and emulate Windows, but I felt there was an existing package that can run on Ubuntu without going through Wine.  After a brief search on Google, I came across Notepadqq.  It’s an opensource (free as in speech) editor for the Linus desktop that has a Notepad++ look and feel.

Screenshot from 2014-11-11 13:09:32

Some of the features include:

  • Syntax highlighting for about 100 different languages.
  • Code folding
  • Colour schemes
  • File monitoring
  • Multiple selection
  • Search text using the power of regular expressions
  • Organize documents side by side
  • Real-time highlighting to find near identifiers in no time.

To install the latest version (0.39.0 at the time of writing), you need to follow these steps:

Install Notepadqq 0.39.0 on Ubuntu 14.04 & Ubuntu 14.10
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:notepadqq-team/notepadqq
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install notepadqq

Install Notepadqq 0.39.0 on Debian OS (change version number as per the desired one)
sudo apt-get install gdebi

For 32bit OS
wget "" -O notepadqq_0.39.0_i386.deb
sudo gdebi notepadqq_0.39.0_i386.deb

For 64bit OS
wget "" -O notepadqq_0.39.0_amd64.deb
sudo gdebi notepadqq_0.39.0_amd64.deb

After that, you should have your text editor ready for use 🙂