Notepad++ Plugin Manager Complete Information, Manually Installation

Notepad++ Plugin Manager helps to manage all plugins. It helps to Install, Update and Uninstall plugins and make your job super easy. In this article, I will explain Plugin Manager in brief.

Plugin Manager Dashboard

Notepad++ is text editor. It has more features compared to normal notepad we get with Windows operating system. It is a feature-rich tool. You can extend functionality using 3rd party plugins. There is a separate plugins menu which list shows all installed plugin. Plugin manager is also available on the same menu as it is also a plugin.

Click Plugins->Plugin Manager->Show Plugin Manager open it. GUI is very simple with 3 tabs Available, Updates and Installed.

Notepad++ Plugin Manager

Available

This tab list down all the plugins available for Notepad++.  It shows information like Plugin, Category, Available Version, Stability. By default, it shows plugins which are stable and good. If you want to see unstable plugins just click on setting and click on Show Unstable Plugin checkbox.

How to Install Plugin?

It is an easy process. Just select the plugin and click Install Button. You can select multiple plugins at once and Install. Plugin manager downloads the respective plugin from the repository and installs it. You need to restart the notepad++ to see the plugin under plugins menu.

As soon as you select the plugin, it shows additional information about the plugin like source, author, homepage, etc. Sometimes plugin manager cannot install the plugin. In that case, you need to manually install the plugin. Check this article How to Install Plugin in Notepad++ for step by step instruction.

Updates

This shows plugins list which has updates available. It shows plugin, Category, Installed version, Available version and Stability information. You can select the plugin which you want to update and click the update button. Here also you can update multiple plugins at once.

Installed

This shows the list of plugins which are installed. It shows Plugin, Category, Installed version and Stability information. You can use this to reinstall or remove. Just select the plugin and click on the respective button to reinstall or remove the plugin.

Notepad++ Plugin Manager Settings

This allows you to change the setting for plugin manager. You can setup below option using setting

  • Notify of plugin updates at startup
  • Check for plugin updates for every xx days
  • Show unstable plugin
  • Install Plugin for all user
  • Force HTTP instead of HTTPS for downloading plugin list
  • Use Development plugin list(many contain untested, unvalidated or uninstallable plugin)

Notepad++ plugin manager missing

Plugin manager is a good plugin, but it is removed from version 7.5. Check this Notepad++ 7.5 released note. Snippet from the note,

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++.
A built-in Plugin Manager is in progress, and I will do my best to ship it with Notepad++ ASAP.

What to do until the time notepad++ built-in Plugin Manager available?

There is a workaround to install plugin manager. As it is also a plugin, you can manually install it. Just Download notepad++ plugin manager and copy the DLL to the plugins folder. The way you install the normal plugin.

Check some of the links I found on Google which can help

Reference and further reading

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