Notepad++ vs Visual Studio Code

Get Advice Icon

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Notepad++
Notepad++

3.6K
3K
+ 1
377
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

14.6K
12.3K
+ 1
1.1K
Add tool

Notepad++ vs Visual Studio Code: What are the differences?

Notepad++: Free source code editor and Notepad replacement. 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; Visual Studio Code: Build and debug modern web and cloud applications, by Microsoft. Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

Notepad++ and Visual Studio Code can be primarily classified as "Text Editor" tools.

"Syntax for all languages that i use", "Tabbed ui" and "Great code editor" are the key factors why developers consider Notepad++; whereas "Powerful multilanguage IDE", "Fast" and "Front-end develop out of the box" are the primary reasons why Visual Studio Code is favored.

Visual Studio Code is an open source tool with 79.3K GitHub stars and 11.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Visual Studio Code's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Visual Studio Code has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1133 company stacks & 2378 developers stacks; compared to Notepad++, which is listed in 187 company stacks and 499 developer stacks.

- No public GitHub repository available -

What is Notepad++?

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.

What is Visual Studio Code?

Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.
Get Advice Icon

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Why do developers choose Notepad++?
Why do developers choose Visual Studio Code?

Sign up to add, upvote and see more prosMake informed product decisions

What companies use Notepad++?
What companies use Visual Studio Code?

Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

What tools integrate with Notepad++?
What tools integrate with Visual Studio Code?

Sign up to get full access to all the tool integrationsMake informed product decisions

What are some alternatives to Notepad++ and Visual Studio Code?
Sublime Text
Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses. Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform.
Vim
Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.
Atom
At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.
Emacs
GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.
Brackets
With focused visual tools and preprocessor support, Brackets is a modern text editor that makes it easy to design in the browser. Try Creative Cloud Extract (preview) for Brackets for an easy way to get clean, minimal CSS straight from a PSD with no generated code.
See all alternatives
Decisions about Notepad++ and Visual Studio Code
No stack decisions found
Interest over time
Reviews of Notepad++ and Visual Studio Code
Review ofVisual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code takes writing code to the next level.

There is a great community out there, it is open source, it is lightning fast, and it just works out of the box.

It has a TON of useful extensions that can make the software do just about anything that you can imagine. It has GIT support directly within the software that doesn't require any extra plugins or configuration.

Review ofVisual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

I have been using VS code to develop Angular 2 application, it is great a highly support of Angular Directives and Services within HTML tags. It ease the development process of understanding syntax as a beginner in web development

How developers use Notepad++ and Visual Studio Code
Avatar of Mick Dekkers
Mick Dekkers uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

I love how responsive VS Code is, and the out-of-the-box intelligent code completion it provides for many JavaScript libraries and frameworks has been a great boost to my productivity. We also have it to thank for pioneering the language server protocol, which allows the development of code intelligence tools for any editor or IDE.

Avatar of Matt Welke
Matt Welke uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

Performant, flexible editor/IDE. My main programming languages (JavaScript, TypeScript and C#) have good support in it. Another language I plan to use more in the future, Go, has okay support right now which is improving.

Also, as a developer who prefers using Linux as a workstation OS, I appreciate it being cross-platform.

Avatar of Promethean TV
Promethean TV uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

PrometheanTV builds applications and services utilizing a variety of languages and technologies. The Visual Studio Code IDE is used by various technical staff to build software on a variety of languages supported by the IDE including C#, HTML/CSS/JS, etc.

Avatar of David Flynn
David Flynn uses Visual Studio CodeVisual Studio Code

Increasingly we are using VS Code more and more. It is very handy for working on Javascript, Powershell scrips, TSQL, markdown etc. Often use it's integrated terminals for spinning up APIs, running off tests and running various scripts.

Avatar of Daniel Kovacs
Daniel Kovacs uses Notepad++Notepad++

When some regex or hardly scriptable but pattern-type problem occurs, I always go to notepad++. Also nice for file inspection (like image-meta).

Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
Ana Phi Sancho uses Notepad++Notepad++

Development Tool code editor - Open Source: Supports a wide selection of programming languages( C/C++, C#, Java, PHP, Python, or .NET.)

Avatar of BobStein
BobStein uses Notepad++Notepad++
  • syntax highlighting
  • find
  • highlight selected text
Avatar of Tim De Lange
Tim De Lange uses Notepad++Notepad++

First thing I install on a new windows box.

Avatar of Promethean TV
Promethean TV uses Notepad++Notepad++

Used as a basic text and code editor.

How much does Notepad++ cost?
How much does Visual Studio Code cost?
Pricing unavailable
Pricing unavailable
News about Notepad++
More news