Sublime vs notepad++: compared and contrasted

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Lots of friends have suggested me to start using Sublime Text instead of Notepad++, but I"ve been happy so far with Notepad++. I use Notepad++ mainly for quick editing files (Haskell, Python, C#, HTML, JS, CSS, etc.), copying & paste pieces of text and running macros on it, etc.

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What are the main differences in the feature set of Sublime Text and Notepad++?


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One thing that should be considered is licensing.

Notepad++ is free (as in speech and as in beer) for perpetual use, released under the GPL license, whereas Sublime Text 2 requires a license.

..a license must be purchased for continued use. There is currently no enforced time limit for the evaluation.

The same is now true of Sublime Text 3, and a paid upgrade will be needed for future versions.

Upgrade Policy A license is valid for Sublime Text 3, and includes all point updates, as well as access to prior versions (e.g., Sublime Text 2). Future major versions, such as Sublime Text 4, will be a paid upgrade.

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This licensing requirement is still correct as of Dec 2019.


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edited Dec 16, 2019 at 18:25
answered Mar 7, 2013 at 10:15
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Main advantage for me is that Sublime Text 2 is almost the same, and has the same features on Windows, Linux and OS X. Can you claim that about Notepad++? It makes me move from one OS to another seamlessly.

Then there is speed. Sublime Text 2, which people claim is buggy and unstable ( 3 is more stable ), is still amazingly fast. If you use it, you will realize how fast it is.

Sublime Text 2 has some neat features like multi cursor input, multiple selections etc that will make you immensely productive.

Good number of plugins and themes, and also support for those of Textmate means you can do anything with Sublime Text 2. I have moved from Notepad++ to Sublime Text 2 on Windows and haven"t looked back. The real question for me has been - Sublime Text 2 or vim?

What"s good on Notepad++ side - it loads much faster on Windows for me. Maybe it will be good enough for you for quick editing. But, again, Sublime Text 3 is supposed to be faster on this front too. Sublime text 2 is not really good when it comes to handling huge files, and I had found that Notepad++ was pretty good till certain size of files. And, of course, Notepad++ is free. Sublime Text 2 has unlimited trial.