Plugins Admin not installing plugins



  • Help! I have been using Notepad++ for years and have encouraged many others to do so. My most used plugins are Xml Tools, Compare and JSTool, however since the v7.6.x update, I have had no success in getting the new Plugins manager to work and have to keep reverting back to v7.5.9 instead.

    I’ve tried manually installing the XML Tools plugin v2.4.9.2 (in both the c:\Program Files\Notepad++\Plugins and in c:\ProgramData\Notepad++\Plugins and using the Plugin Manager, without success.

    I’ve set the proxy server & port, I’ve run as administrator, all to no avail. I’ve just tried again with latest NPP 7.7, but without joy.

    I am using Windows 10 x64, but was also seeing the same on Windows 7x64.

    Debug info:
    Notepad++ v7.7 (64-bit)
    Build time : May 19 2019 - 13:05:35
    Path : C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : OFF
    OS : Windows 10 (64-bit)
    Plugins : DSpellCheck.dll mimeTools.dll NppConverter.dll PluginManager.dll



  • @Darren-Wogan said:

    Plugins manager …
    in both the c:\Program Files\Notepad++\Plugins and in c:\ProgramData\Notepad++\Plugins and using the Plugin Manager, without success.
    … PluginManager.dll

    So your subject line says “Plugins Admin”, but your text uses “Plugin Manager”.

    As of 7.6, Notepad++ is no longer compatible with the old Plugin Manager (PluginManager.dll). You should use Plugins > Plugins Admin menu entry.

    If you want to manually install plugins, you need an extra layer of directory compared to 7.5.9 and earlier: for example, if you have XmlTools.dll, it needs to be saved as c:\Program Files\Notepad++\Plugins\XmlTools\XmlTools.dll. (Note: the ProgramData location was only during a couple of early versions of 7.6.x… but by 7.6.3, it had stabilized to this plugin hierarchy back in the Program Files hierarchy.)



  • Thanks - I was meaning I was attempting to use the new Plugins > Plugins Admin menu entry, as you suggest (not the old plugins manager).

    I had also tried to put the XmlTools.dll in this folder (c:\Program Files\Notepad++\Plugins\XmlTools) already too, but this hadn’t worked either. I was only resorting to the manual installation as the new plugins admin menu didn’t seem to work. I tried to install all 3 plugins I mentioned above using the plugins admin, all without success.

    However! I tried removing the ProgramData folder, renamed my old c:\Program Files\Notepad++ folder and reinstalled NPP 7.7, run as admin and set the proxy and retried and all of a sudden the new Plugins admin is working. Sure I tried this before without success, but its working now.



  • welcome to the notepad++ community, @Darren-Wogan and thank you for your detailed information, including your debug info.

    However! … run as admin and set the proxy and retried and all of a sudden the new Plugins admin is working. Sure I tried this before without success, but its working now.

    this is what i would have asked, if you wouldn’t have found it yourself already 😉👍

    yes you are correct, and this is the most frequent hurdle for proxy users.
    notepad++ has to be run as administrator, to set the proxy.
    if it isn’t in administrator mode, at the time of setting the proxy, it will not give you any warning, but it will not be able to set the proxy.

    sorry for the inconvenience and best regards.


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