Plugins option not visible in toolbar



  • I have been using Notepad++ for a while and the Compare plugin and others. Recently, the Plugins have completely disappeared from the app. I check the Plugins folder and the dlls are still there. I have gone to Settings » Import » Import Plugins and select the Compare dll and nothing happens - I still do not have the Plugins available in my toolbar.



  • welcome to the notepad++ community @Shelly-Walston

    if you have recently upgraded to notepad++ 7.6.2 (recommended), the location and folder structure, where the plugins are supposed to be, have changed, and you need to move them to the new location.

    installed notepad++ version 7.6.2:
    the new location for an installed 7.6.2 version of notepad++ is :%ProgramData%\Notepad++\plugins which will resolve to C:\ProgramData\Notepad++\plugins on most systems.

    taking ComparePlugin as an example, the folder structure should be:
    C:\ProgramData\Notepad++\plugins\ComparePlugin\
      containing:
      ComparePlugin.dll
      ComparePlugin (folder)

    C:\ProgramData\Notepad++\plugins\ComparePlugin\ComparePlugin
      contains:
      git2.dll
      sqlite3.dll

    note: the folder structure for portable versions is similar, but confined within the portable version’s program folder.

    portable notepad++ version 7.6.2:
    again taking ComparePlugin as an example, the portable folder structure should be:
    npp.7.6.2.bin\plugins\ComparePlugin\
      containing:
      ComparePlugin.dll
      ComparePlugin (folder)

    npp.7.6.2.bin\plugins\ComparePlugin\ComparePlugin
      contains:
      git2.dll
      sqlite3.dll

    one strange thing you mentioned, is that you don’t even see the plugins menu.
    are you using a portable version or an installed version ?
    which notepad++ version are you currently using ?
    please also go to the notepad++ help menu: ? > debug info and paste it here



  • Thank you for the info.

    Debug Info:
    Notepad++ v7.6 (32-bit)
    Build time : Nov 12 2018 - 23:51:42
    Path : C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : OFF
    OS : Windows 7 (64-bit)
    Plugins : none

    I do not believe I am using the portable version. I am only using 7.6 and when I click on “update Notepad++” I am advised there is no update. When I check the %ProgramData% folder, there is no Notepad++ folder there - so I am guessing it would update if I moved to version 7.6.2 - but not sure how to do this when the Update Notepad++ says there are no updates available.

    Also, currently the program is installed on Windows 7 in Program Files (x86). I will be getting a new Windows 10 laptop in a couple of weeks, so maybe I should just install the program fresh on that laptop and not worry about this one.



  • It’s time to open a new thread on the “plugin paths curve” forum



  • @Shelly-Walston ,

    The check for updates lags behind releases, often by a few weeks or more, to give a “beta-test period” before indicating to the general public that an auto-update is available; the developer doesn’t set it to auto-update to a new version until he’s more comfortable that it’s reliable.

    You can always download and install the most recent version at https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/ , if you are willing to participate in the “beta test”.

    update: there were some known issues with 7.6.0 and 7.6.1, which is why there was such a quick succession to 7.6.2. If you want to use the new folder structure @Meta-Chuh mentioned, you have to be on 7.6.2.
    Also, your Debug Info (thanks for that) does confirm you are in installed mode, not portable (Local Conf mode: OFF indicates installed; ON would indicate ‘portable’)



  • (too late for update 2): 7.6.2 is getting to the point that it’s considered more stable than 7.6 and 7.6.1, so you should be safe manually updating to that, as long as you follow @Meta-Chuh’s plugin advice here and elsewhere in the forum.


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