Although the Windows operating system was updated significantly over the past years.  However, the default Windows Notepad has not been updated in 20 years. If you need a text editor for simple programming tasks, using the vanilla Windows Notepad just does not cut it.

Therefore, we created Notepad3 with all the features that the default Windows Notepad currently lacks. Notepad3 is a fast and light-weight Scintilla-based text editor with syntax highlighting. It has a small memory footprint but is powerful enough to handle most programming jobs without breaking a sweat.

Notepad3 is based on code from the awesome Notepad2 by Florian Balmer and Notepad2-mod by XhmikosR.

Basic Notepad3 Features

Notepad3 has the following features: code folding, bracket matching, automatic indentation, word auto-completion, convert character encoding between various formats (ASCII, UTF-8, and UTF-16), newline format conversion (between DOS (CR/LF), Unix (LF), and Macintosh (CR) formats), multiple undo or redo, bookmarks, and regular expression-based find and replace.

Notepad3 Build 350 Screen

Supported Languages

Previously we mentioned that Notepad3 can handle almost any programming job and we are not lying. Just take a look at the list of supported programming languages below and spot your favorite.

It offers syntax highlighting support for Apache, ASP, Assembly, AutoHotkey, AutoIt3, AviSynth, Awk, Bash, BAT, C, C++, C#, CGI, CMake, CoffeeScript, CSS, CSV, D, Dart, DIFF, Fortran, Go, HTML, INF, INI, Inno Setup, Java, JavaScript, JSON, Julia, KiXtart, Kotlin, LaTeX, Lua, Makefiles, Markdown, MATLAB, Nim, NSIS, Pascal, Perl, PHP, PowerShell, Python, REG, Resource, R-S-SPlus Statistics, Ruby, Rust, Shell, SQL, Tcl, TOML, VB, VBScript, VHDL, XHTML, XML, YAML and improved support for NFO ANSI.

Download Notepad3 (new)

If your Browser or Antivirus program warns you about possible malware, do not worry, Notepad3 is clean and safe. Click on the link next to each download to view the online malware scan before downloading.

Notepad3 comes in two flavors. A setup for installing it to your computer and optionally replacing the default Windows Notepad. And a portable version for running it straight from a memory stick or portable hard drive.

Just download whichever you prefer.

Download (1502947 downloads)
Download (x86) (153805 downloads)
Portable (633851 downloads)
UpdatedNovember 29, 2021
File Size5 MB
LicenseOpen Source
RequirementsWindows® 7, 8 / 8.1, 10 (32 and 64 bit)

Release Candidate (RC)

Please do not expect the software in this section to work perfectly and without glitches. Furthermore, these programs may not be complete or has some features missing. They are provided for testing purposes.

Download (58186 downloads)
Download (x86) (11623 downloads)
Portable (104962 downloads)
UpdatedNovember 9, 2021
File Size5 MB
LicenseOpen Source
RequirementsWindows® 7, 8 / 8.1, 10 (32 and 64 bit)

Installing Notepad3

Simply download the installer above and run it to start the installation process. It supports replacing the default Windows Notepad using a clean, unobtrusive registry-based method, but can also be installed along-side Windows Notepad.

Recent Changes

Please go here to view the latest change-log.

Source Code

Browse the GitHub Repository.