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Notepad++ Compiler

Updated on June 8, 2014

You say N++ can't compile?

Notepad++ is just a simple text editor with syntax highlighting. Personally I love it, but the drawback is that sometimes I want to compile and write code with the same tool. As you know Notepad++ has no built-in compiler of any programming language. Good news is that we actually can integrate it ourselves.


Yes, it can!

To our help comes NppExec. With this plugin you can execute your commands you would execute in your command line (CMD) without leaving Notepad++. So let's install it by clicking on Plugins -> Plugin Manager -> Show Plugin Manager, and find NppExec.

Now we need to make a little console window shown in bottom of our window. Press CTRL + ~, or just go to Plugins -> NppExec -> Toggle Console Dialog. Here it is! Your built-in console. Now we can execute any command in this console.

But to simplify our compiling process, we can write and save a little script for it. Let's say we want to compile Pascal in the same way as we would do it via console. So lets open Plugins -> NppExec -> Execute or just F6 and write the following code there:

fpc $(NAME_PART).pas

Save it named, let's say "Pascal". Now every time we want to compile, we can just press F6. If you can not compile just make sure you have set PATHs correctly. How to do that look at this guide.


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      4 years ago

      Change address of the compiler

      SET g++ = C:\Program Files (x86)\CodeBlocks\MinGW\bin\g++.exe



      "$(g++)" "$(FILE_NAME)" -o "$(NAME_PART)" -march=native -O3

      NPP_RUN cmd /C "$(NAME_PART)" && pause

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      5 years ago

      I'm unable to find NppExec in plugin manager.please help me

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      7 years ago

      This is awesome! You should look up NCandE, it pretty much does this but for a bunch of different languages!

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      7 years ago

      I found a tutorial where you can compile ANY Language in Notepad++.

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      7 years ago


      I did this, and it's saying "Process started

      'g++' is not recognized as an internal or external command,

      operable program or batch file.

      Syntax errors were found during compiling.

      Process finished."

      What does this mean?

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      7 years ago

      What about run time-errors? how can I detect them?

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      7 years ago

      I managed to get Notepad++ to compile C++ using Mingw on Windows 7 machine, here's how:

      After installing NppExec, go to Plugins, NppExec, Execute or just hit F6.

      Paste following:



      cmd /c g++ -ansi -pedantic -Wall -W -Wconversion -Wshadow -Wcast-qual -Wwrite-strings $(FILE_NAME) -o $(NAME_PART).exe & IF ERRORLEVEL 1 (echo. && echo Syntax errors were found during compiling.) ELSE ($(NAME_PART).exe)

      ... and save it perhaps as "g++ save & compile & run"!

      What this does is following:

      -saves current file open in Notepad++

      -changes directory to that of where current file resides

      -compiles with mingw

      -if no errors are found, program is saved as (filename).exe and opened

      otherwise list of errors is shown

      For g++ command to work you need to install MinGW (I used ) and you need to include C:\MinGW\bin; to your system Path!

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      7 years ago

      After i wrote my C++ code, i want to compile and run it, but i cannot find where to click so it compiles, i did as instructed above about Plugins on NppExec, but i think its because i find NppExport not NppExec. so please help

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      7 years ago

      CreateProcess() failed with error code 2:

      The system cannot find the file specified.

      After I press F6 i get these two lines in console. I've tried compile using CMD and it worked, so PATH is ok. Please help me. :)


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