Windows

How to Install, Update, and Remove Plugins in Notepad++

Notepad++ is a free open source text editor for Windows that supports lots of programming languages and features. Notepad++ supports tabbed editing that allowing you to work with multiple open files in a single window. One of the most useful features of Notepad++ is plugin support. If you’ve never used plugins with the app, you may not know how to install, update, and remove plugins in Notepad++.

Notepad++ has a plugin manager called Plugins Admin that allows you to install, update and remove plugins from Notepad++. Plugin manager also notifies you when an installed plugin has an update available and allows you to update directly. Check below How to Install, Update, and Remove Plugins in Notepad++ using the Plugin Manager.

How to Install, Update, and Remove Plugins in Notepad++

How to Install Plugins Manager in Notepad++

There are two ways to install Notepad++ Plugin Manager, first simply download the .zip file and place the PluginManager.dll file in the Notepad++ plugins directory, and the gpup.exe in the updater directory under your Notepad++ program directory and the second one is choosing custom setting while installing Notepad++.

Method 1:

  1. If you’ve already installed Notepad++, uninstall it and keep your custom settings.
  2. Download and Install the Notepad++
  3. While installing on the Choose Components screen, select Custom from the dropdown list.Notepad++
  4. Check the Plugins Admin box in the list.
  5. Click Next.
  6. If you plan to move Notepad++ to a USB flash drive, then check the Don’t use %APPDATA% box on the following Choose Components screen.
    Notepad++

Method 2:

  1. Download and Install the Notepad++ on your Windows.
  2. Download Notepad++ Plugin Manager latest version.
  3. Unzip the file.
  4. Copy PluginManager.dll to C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins or C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins (If using 32bit version).
  5. And copy gpup.exe to C:\Program Files\Notepad++\updater or C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\updater (If using 32bit version).
  6. Restart the Notepad++

How to Install Plugin using Plugin Manager

There are two ways to Install plugins in Notepad++. First one is using the plugin manager and the second one is without Plugin admin, the manual method. Check below How to Install Plugin using Plugins Admin.

Method 1:

  1. Open Notepad++
  2. Go to Plugins>Plugins Admin to open the Plugins Admin.
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  3. Select the plugin you want to install.
  4. Click the Install button to install the plugin.
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  5. The Plugins Admin dialog box automatically closes
  6. You’ll see a warning popup telling you that Notepad++ will exit and restart to complete the installation.
  7. Click Yes.
  8. Once restarted, you’ll see the installed plugin on the Plugins menu.

Method 2:

  1. First Download the plugin you want to Install using Notepad++ Plugin Resources or another site.
  2. Close the Notepad++.
  3. If you didn’t check the Don’t use %APPDATA% box during the installation of Notepad++ then go to the %LOCALAPPDATA%\Notepad++\plugins folder.
  4. If you check the Don’t use %APPDATA% box then go to C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins folder.
  5. Now Copy the downloaded plugin zip file to one of the above locations and extract it. Make sure the extracted plugin file has a folder and inside that folder contain at least one DLL file.
  6. Open the Notepad++, the plugin should appear in the Plugins menu in the app.

How to Update Notepad++ Plugins

Updating Notepad++ plugin is as simple as installing it. You can easily update the plugin from the Updates tab on the Plugins Admin dialog box. Check below steps toupdate Notepad++ plugins.

  1. To check for updates, go to Plugins > Plugin Admin.
  2. Click the Updates tab.
  3. Check the box for the plugin you want to update and then click Update.
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  4. You’ll see the Notepad++ exit popup box, Click Yes.
  5. Notepad++ will restart with the most current version of the selected plugin.

How to Remove Notepad++ Plugins

There are two ways to Remove Installed Notepad++ Plugins. First one is using the plugin manager and the second one is without Plugin admin, the manual method. Check below How to Remove Notepad++ Plugins.

Method 1:

  1. Open Notepad++
  2. Go to Plugins>Plugins Admin and click the Installed tab.
  3. Select the plugin you want to remove and Click the Remove button.
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  4. Once restarted, you’ll see the removed plugin move to the available tab.

Method 2:

  1. Open the Notepad++.
  2. If you didn’t check the Don’t use %APPDATA% box during the installation of Notepad++ then go to the %LOCALAPPDATA%\Notepad++\plugins folder.
  3. If you check the Don’t use %APPDATA% box then go to C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins folder.
  4. Select the folders for the plugins you want to remove and press Delete or Shift + Delete to delete them permanently.

Wrapping Up:

If you are using Notepad++ then you must install the Plugins Admin to manage your plugins. You can also in Get More Notepad++ Plugins from the Plugin Resources web page. You can get the option on the toolbar, click on ? > Get More Plugins. We covered How to Install, Update, and Remove Plugins in Notepad++ both manual or via Plugin Manager. Let us know if you have any queries about the article.

How to Install, Update, and Remove Plugins in Notepad++
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