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.
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 "https://launchpad.net/~notepadqq-team/+archive/ubuntu/notepadqq/+files/notepadqq_0.39.0-1%7Etrusty1_i386.deb" -O notepadqq_0.39.0_i386.deb
sudo gdebi notepadqq_0.39.0_i386.deb
For 64bit OS
wget "https://launchpad.net/~notepadqq-team/+archive/ubuntu/notepadqq/+files/notepadqq_0.39.0-1%7Etrusty1_i386.deb" -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 🙂