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 free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License. For a while now there has been an alternative to Notepad++ called Notepadqq for Linux systems, including Ubuntu. Notepadqq is not a bad editor, but probably not as feature-rich as Notepad++.

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. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

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 a Linux machines. To install Snap, run the commands below:

apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Step 3. Installing Notepad++ on Ubuntu.

To install Notepad++ run the commands below:

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++.

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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