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Notepad++ Plugins You Should Consider Installing

Many users of Notepad++, a popular Windows Notepad replacement, do not know that the program ships with a plugin system that allows them to extend its functionality. I will explain briefly how to find and use Notepad++'s plugin manager before I point you in the direction of some of the useful plugins found within.

You need to download the Plugin Manager plugin first and place the plugin in the plugins folder of the Notepad++ program directory. Head over to the GitHub website of the Plugin Manager, switch to releases, and download the latest release from there. Unpack the content of the archive to the local system and copy the file PluginManager.dll that you find in the plugins folder of the extracted archive to the plugins folder of the Notepad program folder, e.g. C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins for 64-bit versions of Notepad++.

You can start the plugin manager of Notepad++ the following way. Start the text editor and then open Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager on the menubar.

All stable plugins are now displayed in a table like interface. You can display unstable plugins with a click on Settings and the selection of "show unstable plugins" in the new window there.

notepad plugin manager

Plugins are listed with their name, category, version and stability there. A description is displayed below the table when you select one of the plugins in the list. You install plugins by selecting them first (place a checkmark in their box) and then the Install button in the Plugin Manager interface.

The plugin will be downloaded from the Internet and installed automatically. It may be necessary to let the program close and re-open itself to complete the plugin installation.

An alternative to the process described here is to download and install plugins manually. You find a list of Notepad++ plugins on the official Notepad project page. All you need to do is to download the plugins there, unpack them and place the dlls into the Notepad plugin directory. The site lists additional plugins that are not available in the plugin manager.

Notepad++ checks for compatibility on every startup. You may receive a message that one or multiple plugins that you have installed manually are not compatible with the installed version of Notepad++ on the system.

notepad++ plugins

I suggest you make sure that you run the latest version of the program before you install any plugins. You can do that from within the application. Click on the question mark in the menubar and select Update Notepad++ from the menu there to run an update.

Notepad++ Plugins

Change Markers

This plugin tracks changes made to documents, and enables navigation between changes, with a distinction being made between saved and unsaved changes. The change indicator is either a bar in the left margin or a specific highlighting.

CSS-Explorer

CSS-eXplorer is a CSS and HTML plug-in for Notepad++. It allows easy navigation and edit of CSS files with Notepad++. Main features:

TreeView: Allows easy navigation in CSS file.
Validation Service: Check errors in CSS file, and provide detailed report.
Web Page Preview: Test your work on CSS file immediately via HTML Web Page Preview Window.
CSS Editor: Add new parameters and design options to CSS file quickly and easily (support CSS 2.0 defines).

Function List

Function list offers a list of functions (or sections) according of the language of current document, in order to access to the function or section you need quickly.

Multi Clipboard

MultiClipboard plugin implements multiple (10) text buffers that is filled up via copying and/or cutting of text.

To paste any text from the buffers, use Ctrl-V or middle mouse click (normal paste):
to paste the most recently copied/cut text Ctrl-Shift-V or Shift-middle mouse click:
to pop up a menu with the text buffer entries. Select the desired menu item to paste it

RegEx Helper

A Notepad++ plugin that allows users to develop regular expressions and test them against their open documents

This is only a small selection of Notepad++ plugins. I have tested them with the latest version of the text editor (Notepad++ 5.9.6.2 at the time of writing).

Are you making use of Notepad++ plugins? If so, which plugins are installed on your system?

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Notepad++ Plugins You Should Consider Installing
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Notepad++ Plugins You Should Consider Installing
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The guide describes how to install a Plugin Manager in the third-party text editor Notepad++ and links to some of the plugins that users of it can install.
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Comments

  1. Mohamed Tair said on November 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm
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    Thansk for the post,
    i like work using Notepad++
    i will try all this plugin,
    thanks again

  2. Mile said on November 25, 2011 at 8:26 pm
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    Nice plugin’s.

    But some plugin’s aint stable and cause NP++ freeze.

    Thank’s for the list

  3. techformator said on January 31, 2012 at 3:49 am
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    Great list. Thanks!
    Ps. TextFX is one of the best plugins for NPP.

  4. Dawid said on September 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm
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    Thanks so much ! :*

  5. Dawid said on September 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm
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    Thanks so much ! This is the best plugins.
    Great work.

  6. John said on May 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm
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    Great list of plugins. I’ll give them a try. TextFX is awesome.

  7. Paul(us) said on October 22, 2018 at 1:20 pm
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    Hallo Martin,
    You are writing” You can start the plugin manager of Notepad++ the following way. Start the text editor and then open Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager on the menubar.”
    But this function does not exist anymore right now it’s “To load a new plugin, you can either close and restart Notepad++ or use the Settings -> Import -> Import plugin command.”
    I am reading that the new plugin manager is not ready yet?
    This because I have tried to install a plugin guided by your instructions here above but this one is not working at all
    https://notepad-plus-plus.org/community/topic/16494/new-built-in-plugin-admin-plugin-manager-is-ready

    You are also writing “An alternative to the process described here is to download and install plugins manually. You find a list of Notepad++ plugins on the official Sourceforge project page.”
    But there are not there anymore.
    There are here http://docs.notepad-plus-plus.org/index.php/Plugins_By_Category

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 22, 2018 at 4:02 pm
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      Hi Paulus, thanks for letting me know. The article needed updating and I have published an update today. You need to download the Plugin Manager plugin and install it to use it in Notepad++. Explanation is in the article.

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