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Notepad++ v8.6: 20th-Year Anniversary


Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.

Based on the powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.

Notepad++ v8.6.0 release notes:

Today, Notepad++ celebrates its 20th anniversary, marking two decades of evolution from the inaugural v1.0 release on SourceForge in 2003 to the current v8.6, encompassing 238 official releases. Reflecting on the early days, Don Ho - the creator and lead developer - recalls the solitary journey of coding, web design, marketing, and more, likening open-source projects to a solo endeavor on a deserted island. [read the full story here]

Notepad++ v8.6.0 changelog:

  • Multi-edit is fully supported in Notepad++. (Fix #14266, #8203)
  • Make multi-select background & caret colours customizable. (Fix #14302)
  • Make session inaccessible files remembered (empty & read-only document as placeholder). (Fix #12079, #12744, #13696)
  • Fix missing session invalid error for user session & enhance API NPPM_GETNBSESSIONFILES. (Fix #14228)
  • Fix network shared files saving regression. (Fix #14300)
  • Update Scintilla to v5.3.8 & Lexilla to v5.2.8. (Fix #13442, #14188, #14288)
  • Fix docking panel crash due to messing up config.xml. (Fix bug report
  • Fix invalid styler.xml making Notepad++ crash issue. (Fix #12101)
  • Fix tab-closing crash by middle mouse button (unexpected mouse position). (Fix #14328)
  • Fix 2 performance issues in Style Configurator. (Fix #14321)
  • Add 3 line operation (delete, copy & cut) shortcuts. (Fix #14296)
  • Display extra info in the status bar of Find/Replace dialog to avoid PEBKAC. (Fix #14307)
  • Fix “Hide lines” command hiding unselected lines issue. (Fix #14166)
  • Fix silent installer mode when Notepad++ is running issue. (Fix #10189, #10277, #22514, #14236, fix partially #8514)
  • Fix Updater’s vulnerability (update cURL in WinGUp for fixing CVE-2023-38545). (Fix WinGUp issue #50)
  • Fix incoherent behaviour of “Duplicate Current Line” menu command. (Fix #5298)
  • Fix JSON5 not using JSON keywords. (Fix #14205)
  • Fix empty message showing while cancelling session file saving dialog. (Fix #14235)

Download: Notepad++ 8.6 (64-bit) | Portable | ~4.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: Notepad++ 8.6 (32-bit) | Portable
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