How to Install NotepadQQ on Linux Mint 21 LTS

Notepadqq is a free and open-source text editor program for Linux. It is an alternative to Notepad++, which many programmers and even general desktop power users often use as their notepad of choice due to its ease and minimalism. In contrast, others prefer its more unique features, such as multiline editing. While some may find the absence of certain features limiting, others appreciate the program’s simplicity. The clean interface makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, whether a specific line of code or a particular symbol.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install NotepadQQ on Linux Mint 21 LTS using two different methods, with APT and Flatpak as an alternative installation methods of installing NotePadQQ using the snap package manager and wine.

Update Linux Mint

The first step is ensuring your system is up-to-date to avoid issues during the installation and for good practice. This is done by opening your terminal and using the following command.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install NotepadQQ – APT Method

The first method is to install NotepadQQ from the default repository, giving you a stable, reliable version of the software that can lag in the future, as LTS means stability over new features.

Use the following command to install as follows.



sudo apt install notepadqq -y

Install NotepadQQ – Flatpak Method

The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager, installed on your Linux Mint desktop by default unless you have removed it.

The APT version is currently ahead; I would advise using Flatpak as an alternative if it is removed from the default repository on your system.

First, re-install the Flatpak manager; this can be skipped if you already have it installed.

sudo apt install flatpak -y

For users re-installing Flatpak for the first time, it is often recommended to reboot your system. Failure to do this can occur with odd issues, such as paths not being generated for icons.

reboot

SKIP THE REBOOT IF FLATPAK IS INSTALLED.

Next, you need to enable Flatpack using the following command in your terminal:



sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Now install the notepad software using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub com.notepadqq.Notepadqq -y

How to Launch NotepadQQ

Now that you have the application installed, launching can be done in a few ways.

Firstly, terminal users can launch the application using the following command.

notepadqq

Alternatively, Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance.

flatpak run com.notepadqq.Notepadqq

Alternatively, you can launch it using the application icon.

Taskbar > Programming > NotePadQQ.



Example:

How to Install NotepadQQ on Linux Mint 21 LTS

Once you open NotePadQQ, you can start using it right away.

Example when opened:

How to Install NotepadQQ on Linux Mint 21 LTS

How to Update NotepadQQ

Depending on the method used, the following commands can be used to update.

APT Update Method

sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt upgrade

Flatpak Update Method

flatpak update

How to Remove (Uninstall) NotepadQQ

Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.

APT Remove Method

sudo apt autoremove notepadqq -y

Flatpak Remove Method

flatpak uninstall --delete-data com.notepadqq.Notepadqq

Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-up.



flatpak remove --unused

Comments and Conclusion

Overall, Notepadqq is a great text editor for Linux, providing an alternative to the more popular Notepad++ program. While it may lack some features that its counterpart has, many users appreciate its simplicity and clean interface. If you’re looking for a text editor that is easy to use and navigate, Notepadqq is worth checking out.


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