Notepad++ Banned? Which Countries, and Why There’s a Controversy

Posted: 23/02/2011 in Cyber Crime, General, Open Source
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Here is a superb article written by Dylan Brier of

This cross platform source code and text editor has been downloaded over twenty million times. It has incredible features for those who need to utilize code editing tools for their daily grind, or even just for their own small business, personal website, or applications.However, it has been at the center of plenty of controversy, and has even been banned in several countries.

What is NotePad++?

NotePad++ is a text editor with many in-depth capabilities, including:

  • Drag & Drop Capabilities
  • Split Screen Editing
  • File Comparison
  • Synchronized Scrolling
  • Find & Replace on Multiple Documents
  • Zooming
  • Tabbed Doc Interface
  • Compatibility with Many Syntaxes

The following are capabilities it can be enhanced to have with additional plugins:

  • Multi Clipboard
  • Spell checking

Notepad++ also has a few phenomenal features for editing source code, such as:

  • Bookmarking
  • FTP Browsing
  • File Status Auto Detection
  • Speech Synthesis
  • Brace & Indent Highlighting
  • Auto Completion
  • Macro Recording & Execution

Additionally, the developers of Notepad++ have very strong feelings about certain things, like human rights issues, and are not afraid to show it.Which is where the controversy begins.

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