Installing the Notepad++ Plugin Manager

Sandeep Pandey
2 min readMay 26, 2018

UPDATE : Starting with v7.6 (change log), Notepad++ comes with a built-in Plugins Admin. The Plugins Admin is the recommended way to install, update and remove plugins, making the previous Plugin Manager obsolete.

So, you’ve installed Notepad++. Maybe you wanted to get some coding done. Or maybe you just wanted an upgrade over the default Notepad that ships with Windows. You think of installing this cool plugin you found and so you head over to the Plugin Manager. But Wait! Where is the Plugin Manager?

Relax, here’s why the Plugin Manager is missing

With the release of Notepad++ 7.5, the plugin manager is no longer included by default. Here’s what the official Release Notes have to say about this:

You may notice that Plugin Manager plugin has been removed from the official distribution. The reason is Plugin Manager contains the advertising in its dialog. I hate Ads in applications, and I ensure you that there was no, and there will never be Ads in Notepad++.

You can read the full release notes HERE

But this doesn’t mean it can’t be used anymore.

How to get the Plugin Manager

  1. Download the latest version of the plugin from HERE
  2. Make sure your plugin manager and Notepad++ have the same architecture. for 64-bit version of notepad++ and for 32-bit version of notepad++
  3. To check which Notepad++ architecture you have, go to menu ?->About Notepad++ or press F1 (see image below)
  4. Now unzip the downloaded file and paste it’s contents (the plugins and updater folders) in your Notepad++ install directory. The directory should look something like C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++
  5. Restart Notepad++. The Plugin Manager should be available under menu Plugins->Plugin Manager
About Dialog Box for 32-bit version of Notepad++

And that’s just it, your Plugin Manager is now ready to use.

Bonus Tip

And if you find Notepad++ too plain looking, you might want to try this Material Theme for Notepad++. Available HERE

File:Notepad++ v7.5.4 with Material Design theme on a Dell XPS 13

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Sandeep Pandey

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