How to Install Notepadqq (Notepad++) on Ubuntu Linux

As we know Notepad++ is the most commonly used text editor or source code editor in Microsoft windows operating system. In Ubuntu Linux ‘notepadqq’ is the alternate of notepad++. In other words we can say that notepadqq is Notepad++ for Ubuntu Linux, Notepadqq is the open source text editor or code editor developed for developers.

Some of the special features of Notepadqq are listed below:

  • Syntax Highlighter for 100+ languages
  • Color Scheme
  • Multiple Selections
  • Use of regular expression search
  • Code Folding
  • Comment and display mathematical formulas

In this article we will demonstrate how to install ‘notepadqq‘ in Ubuntu Linux.

Installation Steps of Notepadqq on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS / 18.04 LTS

Step:1 Add Ubuntu PPA Repository

notepadqq‘ package is not available in the default Ubuntu repository, so we have to add Notepaddqq PPA repository using below command.

[email protected]:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:notepadqq-team/notepadqq


Step:2 Refresh the Repositories using below apt-get command.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get update
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt update

Step:3 Install notepaddqq Debian package

Now we can install notepadqq package from command line using  following apt-get command,

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install notepadqq -y
[email protected]:~$ sudo apt install notepadqq -y

Installing notepadqq using Ubuntu Software App.

From Search dash, access Ubuntu Software App and in the app search “notepadqq” then click on search result and then click on Install


when we click on Install, it will prompt for password, type the password and the click on Authenticate.

Once the installation is completed, we will the following screen, from there we can start accessing it by clicking on “Launch”


We will get following screen , by default we will get blank page of notepadqq but in my case i have place content of one of my Ansible playbook,


That’s all, above window confirms that we have successfully installed Notepadqq ( Notepad++  like editor) on Ubuntu Linux.  Explore this wonderful code editor tool and have fun 🙂

11 thoughts on “How to Install Notepadqq (Notepad++) on Ubuntu Linux”

  1. You can just run it in Wine, the ONLY problem is if a file is modified while open, it freezes. This is rare IME. I reported it years ago, so maybe just remind them of that bug.

    (I can imagine it wasn’t easy to port, so it’s likely to be missing features)

      1. True, although as-is it only builds on Debian/Ubuntu. To make it build on other distros, you have to do something like this:
        sed -i -e “s|^LRELEASE = .*|LRELEASE = /usr/lib/qt5/bin/lrelease|” src/ui/

  2. I have it installed on Ubuntu 14.04, and whenever I open it I get the complaint about not having the latest Qt (5.2.1 instead of 5.3). Is there a config file somewhere? I tried looking at an Octave .m file with tabs replaced by spaces, but Notepadqq thinks it’s Objective C. How can I set the syntax on .m files for Octave? Also, whenever I open the file, Notepadqq asks me if I want to change my default tabs/spaces setting to spaces. Can I set this up once-and-for-all?

  3. I’m running Notepadqq in Ubuntu 14.04 with Qt 5.2.1 instead of 5.3 or higher. Is that the reason I don’t see the menu bar at the top?

    1. If you’re not running Unity, you need to uninstall appmenu-qt5 to have the menu show on many (all?) Python programs – there’s a bug in it.

  4. Run Python files in Notepadqq.
    FYI, I’ve just been setting ‘qq up. If you’re editing python files you can run them using the Run menu option. Add to ‘Run’…

    /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator –no-close -e /usr/bin/python3 %path%

    This opens a terminal. The ‘-e’ flag is for execute. Then the path to your python. %path% is a ‘qq’ variable for the path to the current active file.

  5. i follow abovee steps .and i successfully intalled notepadqq but after that i am trying to open notepadqq editor but i can’t.

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