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?

  • I wonder why so many people find notepad++ settings so complicated. +100 – sɐunıɔןɐqɐp Dec 25 '20 at 14:07

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Simply go to:

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

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    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. – vincent gravitas May 11 '15 at 22:51
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    @Apelsin It exists in Notepad++ 6.7.7 on Windows. – Andrew Morton May 17 '15 at 18:37
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    v6.9 has this feature, I just disable auto updates by following the steps provided in this answer. – birgersp Mar 30 '16 at 6:24
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    @SimonD Chrome installs a service to do the auto-update as the browser runs with user credentials but the service runs with the required install privilege. I think every program installing a service to provide auto-update functionality is a bit of overkill and would prefer it in as few programs as possible. – Shiv Aug 2 '16 at 23:45
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    Doesn't work for me either. I have 7.6.3 and this setting is unticked, however I still get this prompt every time I start Notepad++. – Matt Jun 21 '19 at 3:42

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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    God this has been bothering me so much, every gd time I open it. Thanks! – gakera Mar 10 '15 at 11:11
  • I swear, I love Notepad++ more than anything, it's the one app I miss most on Linux but this guy REALLY needs some UX help :D Thanks for showing me how to disable that!! – Tobias J Mar 29 '17 at 13:57
  • UX is like 90% of Notepad++... – Andrew Dec 12 '17 at 13:00
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    at least from N++ v 7.6.6 (Apr 2019) there's no more "plugin manager", but "plugin admin", and there's no more an option to turn off plugin updates notififactions. – BitQuestions Jun 16 '19 at 14:33
  • It's disabled but still shows "an update is available for the package download it" – Shayan Jun 25 '20 at 13:08

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 http://wpkg.org/Notepad_plus_plus 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 '15 at 19:12
  • Thank you, finally a correct answer! – Mike Aug 10 '20 at 9:56
  • This worked for me. Thanks! – Nate Sauber Apr 14 at 12:50

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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    For me it was already set to "yes" but I was able to get rid of the message by setting nextUpdateDate to 99990101 – 2012rcampion Jan 22 '20 at 21:17

While installing the application,

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

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    Unfortunately that's not a lot of use for people who are already getting the prompt, like me, and the person who asked the question. – Matt Jun 21 '19 at 3:44

Expanding on existing answers, here's my method for programmatically updating this:

# Note:
# - Notepad++ must be closed when you run this because when Notepad++ does its closing process, it re-writes the config.xml file with the config from memory
# - This script only updates one user profile, the current user's

$Path = "C:\Users\$($env:username)\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\config.xml"

# Disable auto-checking for updates
(Get-Content $Path | Out-String) -Replace '(.*noUpdate.*)no</GUIConfig>', '$1yes</GUIConfig>' | Out-File $Path

# To re-enable auto-checking for updates
(Get-Content $Path | Out-String) -Replace '(.*noUpdate.*)yes</GUIConfig>', '$1no</GUIConfig>' | Out-File $Path

Open %appdata%\Notepad++ folder.

Edit config.xml with a program besides Notepad++.

Change the noUpdate settings to have a very long nextUpdateDate:

<GUIConfig name="noUpdate" intervalDays="365" nextUpdateDate="21001231">yes</GUIConfig>

Save the config.xml.

@2012rcampion made this comment above.

  • Only thing that worked for me. I am in a corporate environment and I don't have the permissions to update it so this was very annoying. Seems to be a bug in the version we are using. – Didier L Aug 20 '20 at 9:24

If you have updates pending (you can start an update without admin), but are unable to complete them (because you don't have admin), you will get an annoying message each time you open it, asking you to complete the update.

You can make this go away by deleting %appdata%\Notepad++\plugins\Config\PluginManagerGpUp.xml. This will also delete the plugin_install_temp folder which contains the updates, when you next run it.


Regarding the renaming of the directory C:\Program Files\Notepad++\updater to something else (updater_disabled), I can confirm that for the latest Notepad++ Version 7.6.2 (Yellow Vests edition), this would disable also the tab Plugins admin. Anyway users need admin rights to install plugins, but it is a new functionality that gets knocked-out.


I just created a simple Preferences>Windows Settings>Files that deletes the files in the updater folder.

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Regarding the renaming of the directory updater, you may have to kill the process GUP.exe, since it sometimes keeps running after closing Notepad++.

I guess Plugins Admin is a replacement to Plugin Manager, hence the older answer no longer applies.

I hope smart kettles won't become the norm... it would be hell if I'd have to see an update prompt or get a mandatory update every time I decide to make tea.



CALL uninstall.cmd

setup.exe /S

"%WinDir%\System32\timeout.exe" /T 10

REM Install Plugins.
MKDIR "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\plugins\JSMinNPP"
COPY /Y /V "Plugins\JSToolNPP.1.1901.2.uni.64\JSMinNPP.dll" "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\plugins\JSMinNPP"\.

MKDIR "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\plugins\ComparePlugin"
COPY /Y /V "Plugins\ComparePlugin\"* "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\plugins\ComparePlugin"\.

MKDIR "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\plugins\NppTextFX"
COPY /Y /V "Plugins\NppTextFX\"* "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\plugins\NppTextFX"\.

IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\plugins\JSMinNPP.dll" (
    DEL /F /S /Q "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\plugins\JSMinNPP.dll"

"%WinDir%\System32\timeout.exe" /T 30

IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\updater" (
    RMDIR /S /Q "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\updater"

"%WinDir%\System32\timeout.exe" /T 60



IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++ (
    TASKKILL /F /IM notepad++* /T

    REM Delete Custom Plugins
    IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\plugins" (RMDIR /S /Q "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\plugins")

    IF EXIST "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\Uninstall.exe" (
        "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\Uninstall.exe" /S
        "%WinDir%\System32\timeout.exe" /T 30



CALL uninstall.cmd
CALL install.cmd

The above script sample installs the tool with custom plugins and disables the auto update nag, admins can still push plugins to a directory if and when needed. This installer is used in a SCCM controlled environment.

Mind you the above does a clean install every single time for consistency.


With newer versions just use "/S /noUpdater" as install arguments

  • Do you know what version this was implemented in? – music2myear Mar 31 at 21:28

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