Notepad++ vs Vim: What are the differences?
What is Notepad++? Free source code editor and Notepad replacement. Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
What is Vim? Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.
Notepad++ and Vim can be primarily classified as "Text Editor" tools.
Some of the features offered by Notepad++ are:
- Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
- User Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding: screenshot 1, screenshot 2, screenshot 3 and screenshot 4
- PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace
On the other hand, Vim provides the following key features:
- Vertically Split Windows
"Syntax for all languages that i use", "Tabbed ui" and "Great code editor" are the key factors why developers consider Notepad++; whereas "Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)", "Fast" and "Highly configurable" are the primary reasons why Vim is favored.
Lyft, Typeform, and CircleCI are some of the popular companies that use Vim, whereas Notepad++ is used by Implisit, Adsia, and Capgemini. Vim has a broader approval, being mentioned in 850 company stacks & 890 developers stacks; compared to Notepad++, which is listed in 187 company stacks and 499 developer stacks.