What is Notepad++ ?
Notepad++ is a free (free as in both "free speech" and "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several programming languages and natural languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
To build Notepad++ from source:
There are two components that need to be built separately:
notepad++.exe: (depends on
SciLexer.dll: (with nmake)
You can build Notepad++ with or without Boost - The release build of Notepad++ is built with Boost.
Notepad++ version 6.0, the build of
SciLexer.dll that is distributed uses features from Boost's
You can build SciLexer.dll without Boost, ie. with its default POSIX regular expression support instead of boost's PCRE one. This is useful if you would like to debug Notepad++, but don't have boost.
- Build Notepad++ like a normal Visual Studio project.
SciLexer.dll with boost:
Here are the instructions to build SciLexer.dll (for both 32-bit & 64-bit) for Notepad++:
- Download the Boost source code. v1.55 should be used with VS 2013. Then unzip it. In my case,
boost_1_55_0is copied in
- Go to
scintilla\boostregex\then run BuildBoost.bat with your boost path. In my case:
BuildBoost.bat C:\sources\boost_1_55_0If you are compiling a 64 bit Scintilla under your VS2013 x64 Native tool command prompt, add
-x64flag. In my case:
BuildBoost.bat C:\sources\boost_1_55_0 -x64
- Go in
nmake -f scintilla.mak
SciLexer.dll without boost:
This will work with
notepad++.exe, however some functionality in Notepad++ will be broken.
To build SciLexer.dll without PCRE support (for both 32-bit & 64-bit):
For 32-bit, open a command prompt for building (a.k.a. the Developer Command Prompt for VS2013)
- From the IDE, you can do this by right clicking on a file in Solution Explorer, and clicking "Open Command Prompt". This will open up a command prompt with all the proper environment variables.
- From the Windows Start screen/menu, type
Developer Command Prompt for VS2013, and click/select the result.
- From an already open command prompt, run
vcvarsall.bat(e.g. "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\VC\vcvarsall.bat").
For 64-bit, open VS2013 x64 Native tool command prompt.
Change directory (
SciLexer.dllwith one of the following commands:
nmake NOBOOST=1 -f scintilla.mak(normal build)
nmake NOBOOST=1 DEBUG=1 -f scintilla.mak(debugging build)
scintilla\bin\to the same directory as
- For the
Unicode Releaseconfiguration, the output directory (where
- For the
Unicode Debugconfiguration, the output directory (where
- For the
See the Notepad++ official site for more information.