Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ubuntu: Easy steps to install and use Notepad++ and IE on Ubuntu

I like using Notepad++, but it is a windows program and is not available for Linux. There are some jQuery Mobile apps that I need to test on IE. I need a Windows platform. But my primary laptop has Ubuntu.

The solution is to use Wine and boy does it taste good!

First install wine
# sudo apt-get install wine

Download the latest notepad++ installer from http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ and launch it using wine.

# sudo wine <download folder>/npp.xxx.Installer.exe

This will launch the Npp installer and you can complete the fairly simple installation. Thats it, you are done !

Now you can just launch Npp and its a touchdown !
# cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Notepad++
# ./notepad++.exe

There is a version of IE available too 
# cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Internet Explorer
# ./iexplore.exe

This IE scores pretty decent on www.html5test.com.

Now how about try installing other Windows apps on Ubuntu and having more fun...


  1. Sir!

    Do you really need a Ubantu to run Windows apps?


    1. Well Ganesh I got rid of notepad++ .. found that jEdit does everything I wanted on ubunut :)

  2. Ganesh, I would rather say do you really need any other OS when you have Ubuntu :) ... and no harm in porting some good apps from elsewhere ... correct?

  3. The iPhone is a really multi tasking phone, as mentioned here different apps make life easy and pleasant, now a days we can find all kinds of applications in the market, from education application to entertainment application, gaming app to social apps.
    easy mobile apps

    1. I agree ... also all Apple products are very well designed and are of high quality ..