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Notepad ++ is a text editor and source code editor for use with Microsoft Windows. It supports tabbed editing, which allows working with many open files in the same window. The name of the project comes from C increment operator.

Notepad ++ is distributed as a free software. Earlier this project was hosted on, from which it has been downloaded more than 28 million times, [2] [3] and twice won the SourceForg Community Choice Award for Best Developer Tool. [4] The project was hosted on TuxFamily [fr] from 2010 to 2015; Notepad ++ has been hosted on GitHub since 2015. [5] Notepad ++ uses the Scintilla editor component.


Notepad ++ was developed by Don Ho in September 2003. [6] The developer used JEXT (a Java-based tech editor) in his company, but dissatisfied with its poor performance, he started developing a tech editor with Cintilla in C ++. [6] They developed it in their spare time because the idea was rejected by their company. [6] Notepad ++ was built as a new Windows application; The author thought, but dismissed, the idea of ​​using wxWidgets to port on Mac OS X and Unix platforms. [6]

Notepad ++ was first released on November 25, 2003 on Sourceforge as a Windows-only app. This is based on Scintilla Edition component, and is written with C ++ only Win32 API calls, so that only STL can be used to increase performance and reduce the size of the program. [[] [SC]

In January 2010, the US government forced US-based open source project hosts to deny access to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria to comply with US law. [9] As a reaction to what the developer felt, in June 2010, there was a violation of free and open-source software (FOSS) philosophy, issuing a version on TuxFamily in France, Notepad ++ went out of the US territorial jurisdiction . . Some community services (such as forums and rear trackers) of Notepad ++ remain on Sourceforge by 2015, while Notepad ++ has left Sourceforge entirely. [10] [11] [12]

In 2011, Lifehacker described Notepad ++ as "Best Programming Tech Editor for Windows", which states that "If you like editing a simple, lightweight and extensible programming computer-T, then our first choice Is free, open-source notepad ++ ". [13]] Lifehacker criticized his user interface, saying, "It is really ugly, by luck, you can do a lot to customize its look, and there is a lack of skill in it, this functionality Makes changes ". [13]

Lifting articles in 2014 voted Notepad ++ as "the most popular tech editor", 40% of 16,294 respondents rated it as their most favorite version. [14] Lifahakar team summarized the program as being "fast, flexible, feature-packed and completely free". [14]

In 2015, Stack Overflow conducted a worldwide developer survey, and Notepad ++ was voted as the most widely used tech editor worldwide, with 34.7% of 26,086 respondents. Stack Overflow noted that "the more things change, the more likely they are written in JavaScript with a +++ on a Windows machine." [15] In the 2016 survey, Notepad + 35.6%. [16]