Notepad++ is so awesome on windows and will notepad++ support macOS someday?
Hello from the future of 2023!
Some ingenious and clever programmer created a cross platform clone of Notepad++ and is available on all major OSes including macOS.
*Though the application overall is stable and usable, it should not be considered safe for critically important work.
I’ve noticed NotepadNext as well, and having installed it on my computer, I figured I’d make a quick (certainly not comprehensive) list of how it stacks up against OG Notepad++, since it’s not a clone per se and prospective users should temper their expectations accordingly:
- Very similar UI to Notepad++
- Built-in Lua scripting (don’t know whether it works similar to PythonScript where you can edit documents with it)
- You can split the window into any number of views. Also, splitting views is just drag-and-drop UI.
- Very minimal documentation
- Not as stable and as the core dev says, not safe for critically important work
- No support for Notepad++ plugins
- No dark mode
- Missing some nice features like
Find in Filesand ability to change encoding
- No support for Notepad++ themes
- Regex engine works differently (e.g., backreferences in the replacement use
Hello, @mark-olson and All,
Your present description of
NotepadNextis rather exhaustive. But to @dail’s credit, I would say that he is simply at the very beginning of the
Let’s wish him the best development possible, which is far from easy for a multi-platform
As the author of Notepad Next, I 100% agree with everything you’ve said. Notepad++ has developed a wide variety of very nice features over the years. Notepad Next started as a fun project to learn Qt, and has slowly grown over time as a fun continuation of that. I hope that as it slowly matures, more people will get interested in helping out as I certainly don’t have the time or knowledge to add many of the features.
And @guy038 is correct, even though Notepad Next looks fleshed out, there is a ton of missing and incomplete features. Part of the struggle (and enjoyment) is to try to design the application so it is easy to add those features and make it extensible in the future.
Use pure Win32 API is the advantage of Notepad++, which could bring Windows users a smooth experience in a fast response. For this notepad++ is good yet there is no reason to have a macOS version just because it couldn’t.
There are already lots of editor with native interfaces under macOS environments. If still miss notepad++ appearence, NotepadNext is a good choice…