A new C++ plugin template

  • Over the years I’ve created more than a few plugins (some available for download…and several that were never finished or made publicly available). Each time I ended up taking an old project, hacking it up, grepping through all the files and renaming everything. This can be quite tedious and error prone.

    I’ve created a template for C++ plugins based on my experience doing plugin development. This isn’t just a generic template to modify yourself, this is a cookiecutter template that can dynamically generate a new plugin project for you. To create your own plugin:

    1. Install Notepad++ v7.7 (or later)
    2. Install Python (if not installed already)
    3. From a command prompt, run:
    pip install cookiecutter
    cookiecutter https://github.com/dail8859/cookiecutter-npp-cpp-plugin.git
    1. You will be asked some basic info (project name, description, etc.) for the new plugin.
    2. Open the newly created .sln file with Visual Studio 2017
    3. Press F5 and enjoy.

    Visual Studio will build and copy the newly created DLL file into plugin directory of Notepad++. It will also start the Notepad++ application for debugging, meaning you can set breakpoints and step through your plugin source code.

    This is still in development and not complete, however it quite usable and will create a project you can instantly run. Hopefully this template can be refined and incorporate other best practices for creating C++ plugins.

  • @dail - wondering why it is not listed here?

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