Installing Notepad++ on Ubuntu 20.04, 20.10

Notepad++ is a window based, open-source text/source code editor with many features and support of multiple programming languages. Notable features include syntax highlighting, brace matching, multi-tab support, color code, and auto-completion.

Notepad++ is very popular among developers because it is lightweight, takes less CPU power, and perform robustly. Apart from that, it supports extensions and plugins that ultimately enhance its functionality.

Notepad++ is a Windows exclusive application and not available for Linux. But there is an approach that helps in getting it installed on Linux devices.

Notepad++ can be installed on Linux using two different methods; it can be installed using Ubuntu’s Software Store or terminal. Let’s check how to get it on Linux.

Prerequisite for notepad++ installation on Ubuntu 20.04,20.10:

As discussed that Notepad++ is Windows exclusive application; therefore, we need “Wine” to make it work. Wine is a utility that adds functionality to Linux distributions to run Windows applications and even games.

Firstly, we need to enable 32bit architecture using:

$sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386


Now to install Wine using:

$sudo apt install wine64


Once the installation of “Wine” is done, time to download and install Notepad++.

Installing Notepad++ on Ubuntu 20.04, 20.10 using Ubuntu’s Software Center:

First of open Ubuntu’s Software Center:


Click on the search icon:


Search “notepad plus plus”:


Open and install it. See the following images:


Once the download and installation are finished, Notepad++ can be viewed in applications:


Open it: it will take few moments for configuration:


It is running on an Ubuntu environment without any issue.

Installing Notepad++ on Ubuntu 20.04, 20.10 using Ubuntu’s terminal:

The second approach of installing Notepad++ is using the terminal. Launch terminal and type the below-mentioned command:

$sudo snap install notepad-plus-plus


Once the installation is completed, it can be launched from Applications:


Notepad++ is a powerful source code editor that was Windows exclusive can now easily be installed on Ubuntu’s environment.

Uninstalling Notepad++ from Ubuntu 20.04, 20.10:

If the application is installed using Ubuntu’s Software Center, then open Software Center again and click on the “Installed” tab. You can view the “Notepad++” click on the “Remove” button:


If you have installed it using the terminal, then use the below-mentioned command to uninstall it:

$sudo snap remove notepad-plus-plus


Notepad++ will be deleted from Ubuntu.

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