How To Install Notepad++ on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Notepad++ on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Notepad++ on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Notepad++ is a popular and powerful text editor that has gained widespread popularity among programmers and developers. Its intuitive interface, extensive features, and cross-platform compatibility make it an excellent choice for working with code on various operating systems, including Linux.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Notepad++ on an Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Notepad++ on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. Before we begin the installation process, it’s essential to ensure that your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS system is up-to-date. Open the Terminal application and run the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Snapd.

Snap is a powerful package management system for Linux users, it probably the best and easiest way to install packages on Linux machines. To install Snap, run the commands below:

apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Step 3. Installing Notepad++ on Ubuntu.

  • Installing Notepad++ using Snap

Snap is a modern package management system that simplifies the installation and updates of applications on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. It ensures that the application and its dependencies are packaged together, making it easier to install and run.

snap install notepad-plus-plus

Once installing the package, run the commands below to install a mandatory plugin:

snap connect notepad-plus-plus:process-control

And optional plugins below should probably be installed as well:

snap connect notepad-plus-plus:removable-media
snap connect notepad-plus-plus:hardware-observe
snap connect notepad-plus-plus:cups-control

Finally steps, next go to your Activities Overview and search for, the launch Notepad++.

  • Installing Notepad++ using Command-line

While the Snap method is the recommended approach, you can also install Notepad++ using the command-line method. This method involves installing Wine, a compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows applications on Linux, and then installing Notepad++ using the downloaded installer.

Install Wine by running the following commands:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wine32

Download the Notepad++ installer from the official website:


Install Notepad++ using Wine:

wine npp.7.9.5.Installer.exe

This command will launch the Notepad++ installer and guide you through the installation process.

Create a desktop shortcut for easier access to Notepad++:

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/applications
cat > ~/.local/share/applications/notepad++.desktop << EOF
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Notepad++ text editor
Exec=wine "/path/to/notepad++.exe"

Replace /path/to/notepad++.exe with the actual path to the Notepad++ executable file, and /path/to/notepad++.svg with the path to the Notepad++ icon file.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Notepad++. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Notepad++ on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Notepad++ website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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