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I am trying to install a Notepad++ plugin from Plugins -> Plugin Manager, but my office firewall is restricting its download. Is there any alternate way to download plugin offline?

Here are the steps that worked for me:

  1. Download the plugin and extract the plugin dll file.
  2. Place the plugin.dll file under plugin folder of notepad++ installation. For me it was : C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins
  3. Go to Notepad++ then : Settings -> Import -> Import plugin (import the plugin).
  4. Notepad++ will show the restart message / Sometimes it may not show it.
  5. Restart the notepad++.
  6. Should see new plugin under the Plugins menu. ALL DONE!!

How to Install the Notepad++ Plugin Manager and Manage Plugins, Notepad++ is a powerful text editor. Did you know that the Notepad++ Plugin Manager can help you extend its features further? To install a plugin, check the box for the plugin you want to install and then click Install. The Plugins Admin dialog box automatically closes, and you’ll see a warning telling you that Notepad++ will exit and restart to complete the installation.

This site lists all plugins available with link to its sources. Also summarizes the process to install the downloaded plugin.

How to Install Notepad ++ Plugin Manager Manually on Microsoft Windows 7/8/​10 How to Duration: 8:08 Posted: Oct 25, 2017 Open Notepad++ and go to Plugins>Plugins Admin to open the Plugins Admin. Go through the list of available plugins, select the one you want to install, and click the Install button at the top right. Installing a plugin without the Plugins Admin is pretty easy.

It's worth noting that the exact steps to follow can differ depending on the plugin. (E.g. I've just manually installed XML Tools and this involved copying some files from a subfolder into the root Notepad++ installation directory.) So would recommend the following:-

  1. Download the plugin you wish to install. A comprehensive list is provided at Notepad++ Plugin Central.
  2. Extract to a local folder (e.g. using 7-zip or similar).
  3. Look in the extracted files and folders for any readme files or specific instructions to be followed - and then follow them. In case there aren't any instructions, the one thing that must be done for all plugins is to copy the .DLL file into the plugins folder within your Notepad++ installation folder (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins\).

to a USB flash drive, or another external drive, so you can run it on any Windows computer, you can store the configuration files in the program folder instead. Launch Notepad++ and Navigate to Plugins->Plugin Manager->Show Plugin Manager. You can also use Keyword short cur Alt+p to open the menu. It opens a plugin manager. It shows all Available, Updates and Installed plugins for your Notepadd++ installation.

For me the C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins does not work.

I have to put plugins into the following directory: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Notepad++\plugins


There is a feature from NPP-v7.6.4 to open plugin folder:

Plugins -> Open Plugins Folder...

How To Install The Plugin Manager Manually In Notepad++ If you want to add the plugin Duration: 4:02 Posted: Dec 23, 2017 Manually install NotePad++ Plugins. 1. Download the plugins from the URL above. 2. Open the folder such as “C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins”. 3. Paste the plugin file to this folder. 4. Restart the NotePad++.

My frustration in being unable to get a plugin for Notepad++ to work came from not realizing that the DLL for the plugin had to be installed directly in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins directory, and NOT into a subfolder below that, named for the plugin.

I was misled because every OTHER plugin that comes with the clean installation of Notepad++ IS installed in its own subfolder under \plugins.

   ├ DSpellCheck
   ├ MIME Tools
   └ Converter (etc.)

I tried that with the plugin I was attempting to install (autosave), and just couldn't get it to work. But then thanks to an answer from Steve Chambers above, I tried putting the DLL directly into the \plugins folder and PRESTO! It Works.

Hope this helps save someone else similar frustrations!

Open Notepad++ and go to Plugins>Plugins Admin to open the Plugins Admin. Go through the list of available plugins, select the one you want to  In this article, you will learn how to install new plugins on Notepad++. Automatically Install Plugins on Notepad++ Open the Plugins Menu > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager: The list of available plugins will be displayed. Check the boxes of the desired plugins and click Install: Manually Install Plugins on Notepad++

There are many situations where I need Npp on a computer that doesn't have an internet connection, but I can access another computer that is  Here are the steps that worked for me: Download the plugin and extract the plugin dll file. Place the plugin.dll file under plugin folder of notepad++ installation. Go to Notepad++ then : Settings -> Import -> Import plugin (import the plugin). Notepad++ will show the restart message. Restart the notepad++.

Now I cannot install plugins with plugin manager not manually. Plugin Manager does not work with Notepad++ v.7.6.4. as i could have saved @​schwaben-github a few hours, if i wouldn't always be offline for so long ;-). After you have selected the path location, click on "Next" button. Read the information on the final window and click on the "Finish" button. If you selected the "Run Notepad++" option, the program will automatically open. Otherwise, you will need to navigate to your install path to open Notepad++.

Start your Notepad++ as administrator mode. Press F1 to find out if your Notepad++ is 64bit or 32bit (86x), hence you need to download the  Right click and open the .exe offline installer as administrator. Save it to C: drive (or any as preferred). Proceed with the installation. Notepad++ will be ready to use on your desktop.

  • This worked except I did not see the message about restart. But after restarting the plugin was installed. Also the download web is now:
  • This Plugin_Central page does not say anything about manual or offline installation. Here is a short answer:…
  • Actually, here is more detailed info:…
  • Looks like its flipped back to programfiles again. Spent half an hour not knowing why the pluging did not load after instaling 7.6.3. Form change log Move plugins home from %ProgramData% to %ProgramFiles% for the sake of security.
  • That link is dead. Did this move to a different address?
  • since 7.6.1 plugins folder changed to : %PROGRAMDATA%\Notepad++\plugins\.
  • and the subfolder is needed. ie. %PROGRAMDATA%\Notepad++\plugins\AnalysePlugin\AnalysePlugin.dll
  • that's odd, I had the exact opposite problem... I could only import/use the plugin if it was in its own self-named sub-folder.
  • It finally worked by following your advice, after having tried almost everything else. Great! The problem in this case is that Notepad++ doesn't report any error if you don't do what it expects. It just doesn't do anything. Very annoying.