How to install NotepadQQ on Linux

NotepadQQ is an exciting application that attempts to bring Linux users what Notepad++ does on Windows: an impressive, Microsoft Notepad-like text editor that supports various programming languages and other useful features. Here’s how to get it installed on your Linux system.

Ubuntu installation instructions

If you want to get NotepadQQ working on Ubuntu, there’s a PPA available that should do the trick. Currently, the PPA isn’t updated to support Ubuntu 20.04 and 20.10, but that doesn’t matter — the 18.04 branch of the PPA works just fine.

Note: The PPA version of NotepadQQ has made it clear that they won’t be updating it to support future versions of Ubuntu. If this bothers you, consider following the Snap or Flatpak instructions instead!

To start the installation of NotepadQQ on Ubuntu, launch a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, use the sudo -s command to elevate the terminal session to the root user. The root account is required to modify the sources.list file on Ubuntu.

sudo -s

Once the terminal window is logged into the root account, open up the sources.list file in the Nano text editor for editing purposes. You must edit this file to add the PPA in by hand, as we are adding the repo line for an older version of Ubuntu.

nano -w /etc/apt/sources.list

Go to the bottom of the sources.list file in the Nano text editor. Then, press the Enter key to create a new line. After creating a new line, paste in the three lines of code below exactly as shown.

#NotepadQQ PPA
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/notepadqq-team/notepadqq/ubuntu bionic main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/notepadqq-team/notepadqq/ubuntu bionic main

When you’ve added the three lines of code to your sources.list file on Ubuntu, press the Ctrl + O button on the keyboard to save the edits in Nano. Then, press the Ctrl + X button to exit the editor.

Once out of the Nano text editor, run the apt update command. This command will update Ubuntu and include the new NotepadQQ PPA. 

apt update

During the apt update command, you’ll notice that an error has occurred. This error is because the NotepadQQ PPA doesn’t have it’s signing key installed. To install it, enter the command below.

apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 2E30EE6263DE9CD4

With the signing key enabled, install NotepadQQ on your Ubuntu PC using the apt install command below.

apt install notepadqq

Debian installation instructions

There’s no PPA around for Debian users looking to get NotepadQQ like on Ubuntu. However, you can download the NotepadQQ packages from the Ubuntu PPA and install them manually. Here’s how to do it.

First, launch a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, use the wget downloader tool to grab the NotepadQQ packages from the PPA.

Note: Debian does not enjoy official support for NotepadQQ from the developer. If you would prefer to use a version of NotepadQQ that gets regular support, consider installing the Snap or Flatpak release instead!

wget https://launchpadlibrarian.net/368138028/notepadqq-common_1.4.4-1~bionic1_all.deb wget https://launchpad.net/~notepadqq-team/+archive/ubuntu/notepadqq/+files/notepadqq_1.4.4-1~bionic1_amd64.deb

After downloading the two NotepadQQ DEB packages to your Debian Linux PC, the installation can begin. Using the Apt command below, install the two packages simultaneously.

sudo apt install ./*.deb 

Arch Linux installation instructions

The NotepadQQ application is installable on Arch Linux thanks to the Arch Linux “Community” software repository. To start the installation, open up a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, use the pacman command below to get the app working.

sudo pacman -S notepadqq

If the “Community” edition of NotepadQQ isn’t good enough for you on your Arch Linux system, there’s another way to get it working. 

Fedora installation instructions

NotepadQQ is installable on Fedora Linux for versions 30, 31, 32, and Rawhide (which will eventually become 33). To start the installation of NotepadQQ on your Fedora system, launch a terminal window. Once the terminal is open, execute the following dnf command.

sudo dnf install notepadqq 

OpenSUSE installation instructions

On OpenSUSE Linux, the Notepadqq application can be installed on Tumbleweed, Leap 15.1, and 15.2 via the OpenSUSE OSS software repository. To start the installation, ensure that the “OSS” software repo is enabled on your computer. After that, execute the following Zypper installation command.

sudo zypper install notepadqq

Snap package installation instructions

A great way to get Notepadqq working on your PC is through the Snap store, as it is always up to date and self-contained within the Snap sandbox. To get the app working, ensure you have the latest Snapd runtime installed and set up. 

After setting up the Snapd runtime on your computer, you’ll be ready to install Notepadqq on your computer. Using the snap install command below, get the app working.

sudo snap install notepadqq

Flatpak installation instructions

NotepadQQ is available as a Flatpak in the Flathub app store. This method of installation is a great way to go if your Linux distribution doesn’t support NotepadQQ. To start the installation, ensure you have the latest Flatpak runtime setup. Then, enter the commands below to get the app installed.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo flatpak install flathub com.notepadqq.Notepadqq

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