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Is it possible to configure Notepad++ to stop checking for new versions each time it is run?

Every time Nodepad++ is started a dialog pops with:

An update package is available, do you want to download it?

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Simply go to:

Settings -> Preferences -> Misc -> and deselect "Enable Notepad++ auto-updater"

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Thanks! You left out a part, though. The sequence is actually this: Settings -> Preferences -> MISC -> deselect "Enable Notepad++ auto-updater" – Keyslinger Apr 19 '10 at 18:56
This option does not appear to exist in the newest versions of Notepad++. – JamesGecko Aug 19 '10 at 13:38
This is an incorrect answer because this feature was removed from Notepad++ and it has not returned for at least 5 years. I can confirm that what @JamesGecko wrote is still the case. – Apelsin May 11 at 22:51
@Apelsin It exists in Notepad++ 6.7.7 on Windows. – Andrew Morton May 17 at 18:37

You may also be looking to turn off plugin update checking, in which case go to:

Plugins -> Plugin Manager -> Show Plugin Manager -> Settings (bottom left), and deselect "Notify of plugin updates at startup".

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Thanks - that has bothered me for months! – Robert Aug 1 '10 at 18:56
God this has been bothering me so much, every gd time I open it. Thanks! – gakera Mar 10 at 11:11

While installing the application,

Notepad++ Setup - Choose components Dialog- Select the type of Install - Deselect the Auto-Updater check box.

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In newer versions of Notepad++ the option to disable automatic updating no longer appears in the Options dialog.

You can simply rename the C:\Program Files\Notepad++\updater directory to stop this feature. (e.g. rename it to updater_disabled)

Credit to for suggesting the solution.

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Excellent! I used your answer to disable updates in a computer lab, looping through them with PsExec like so psexec \\lab315-%x cmd.exe /c ren "c:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\updater" "updater_disable" – ThisClark Jan 20 at 19:12

Find and edit this file


where ...User... is your username.

Find the line that reads something like this:

<GUIConfig name="noUpdate" intervalDays="15" nextUpdateDate="20141114">no</GUIConfig>

and change the 'no' to a 'yes'. In effect, you're telling Notepad++ that 'yes, you want no updates'.

Another line I've changed is this one:

<GUIConfig name="RememberLastSession">no</GUIConfig>

where I've changed the default 'yes' to a 'no'.

It infuriated me that Notepad++ opened pretty much evey file I'd ever opened, every time I started it, long after I'd lost any interest in any of those files.

I don't know why Notepad++ shows options in its preferences dialog when clearly it just ignores them.

You might also have a look at EditPadLite (free) and/or EditPadPro (not free, but not too expensive). Certainly better looking, better documented, and the 'lite' version has all I need.

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