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I really like using Notepad++ to write HTML and such. After I started using Ubuntu I looked around for an alternative to Notepad++. I found a thread which lead me to try Geany and a few others, but I really miss Notepad++.

Is there anyway I could compile it from the source code to use on Ubuntu? I know it's written in C++. Could I just open it in Code::Blocks and compile it?

You can get the source here.

I wouldn't mind hearing about other alternatives, but really want to know if compiling it is possible.

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Gedit is basicly the same thing, and is installed with Ubuntu. – Dr_Bunsen Feb 18 '13 at 19:50
@Dr_Bunsen: Gedit is so not the same thing. Gedit lacks essential features such as multi-select, regex-find/replace, macros, smart tabbing, etc. – Robbie Wxyz Sep 25 '14 at 0:30
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I will suggest you to install playonlinux. Playonlinux is a GUI front end to wine. You can choose install option from the toolbar or from file menu. Then you can click on install a unlisted program link given below. play on linux

Now follow the simple procedure.

note: You will need the notepad++ binary you know the link you can simply download them.

Alternatives to notepad++:

  1. bluefish
  2. gedit(comes with default
  3. geany
  4. emacs
  5. and many more
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Does PlayOnLinux have any advantages over WINE? – Seth Apr 4 '12 at 2:27
playonlinux is a gui frontend for wine so its more easy to use and more options can be explored cannot compare win with playonlinux beacuse wine is base and playonlinux is gui playonlinux is recommened @user44179 – user49557 Apr 5 '12 at 8:58

One of the main features of Notepad++ is that it "uses pure Win32 API". This makes it very Windows-specific- it's using builtin Windows functions for a lot of its user interface and general functioning. Getting it to run on any other platform (without Windows API-imitators like Wine) would require a pretty major rewrite.

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+1, This is the only answer that adresses the point of the question. – Rafał Cieślak Feb 18 '13 at 19:50

Well, I am also a notepad++ fan as you are. Switched to Linux, Searched for alternatives - Looked in Google , blogs , forums and finally came up with an awesome editor -

And then finally I stopped thinking about Notepad++ :)

Though it asks you to buy, You can use the trail version for ever.

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Looks pretty cool. Will try it out! – Seth Apr 4 '12 at 2:27

It's an alternative, not a way to compile, but I would probably see if it's possible to run it with WINE.

Install via the software center

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Oh yeah, I forgot to say I heard about that... Is WINE stable for running serious applications? – Seth Mar 29 '12 at 2:52
What do you mean by serious applications? If by that you mean notepad++ then yes. – Luis Alvarado Mar 29 '12 at 2:56
Yes, WINE is stable—I don't do anything big like gaming, but I've never really had problems even with the beta releases. – zpletan Mar 29 '12 at 2:56
OK. I'll probably try it in WINE then. – Seth Mar 29 '12 at 3:00

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