How To Install Notepad++ on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Notepad++ on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Notepad++ on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. It is very user-friendly, supports multiple programming languages (syntax highlighting, etc), and has a very low memory footprint. Notepad++ is only developed for Windows Platform by its developers but today it is also available for Ubuntu through a snap package.

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 through the step-by-step installation of Notepad++ on an Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • 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 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Snapd.

Snap is a powerful package management system for Linux users. Run the below command first to install snap in your system:

sudo apt install snapd

Step 3. Installing Notepad++ on Ubuntu  20.04.

Run the following command to install Notepad++:

sudo snap install notepad-plus-plus

Step 4. Accessing Notepad++.

Once the installation is successful, go ahead and open Notepad++ from the Applications grid (or another app launcher/menu). The notepad app may take a few seconds to load, but once it’s up, it’s ready to go or copy and paste the below-mentioned command on your Terminal:


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Notepad++. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Notepad++ on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. 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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