Notepad++ is available in a 64-bit version in addition to a 32-bit version.

What benefits does the 64-bit version of Notepad++ have over the 32-bit version when running in Windows 7? What about in Windows 10?

I imagine one of the benefits is being able to load enormous, multi-gigabyte files. Is that correct? Are there other benefits?

EDIT 1: There seemed to be much interest in the release of a 64-bit version of Notepad++, but it's hard to imagine that so many people are using it to edit files over 4GB in size, even if multiple files are open. That made me wonder "What are all the advantages to the 64-bit version of Notepad++?".

EDIT 2: I don't think this is a duplicate of Other benefits of 64-bit OS apart from memory expansion? because I'm asking about specific benefits for this particular application. What makes this case even more curious is that, it's probably safe to say that a majority people don't need to edit more than 4GB of text at a time, and that the 64-bit version of Notepad++ has a major limitation (fewer plugins).

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    don't know but note that can also try asking notepad-plus-plus.org/community – barlop Mar 7 '19 at 17:37
  • @barlop Thanks. I took a look at logging in to that site before posting here, but it appears they don't have a way to directly login. They force you to login using a third-party, most of which are social media sites. I'm not a fan of third-party logins. Am I missing something, or is that a requirement to post on their site? – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Mar 7 '19 at 17:41
  • I would assume the same slightly vague benefits as every other 64-bit program (also possible dupe) – Mokubai Mar 7 '19 at 17:51
  • One of the side benefits of running more and more 64-bit native programs is that there is a potential memory saving that will eventually happen. Currently when you have a 64 and 32 bit mix the system has to load both the 64 and 32 bit libraries that perform nearly the same function, so eventually we will reach a point where it is less and less likely to load the 32 bit version, thus saving some (probably relatively small) quantity of memory for other use. – Mokubai Mar 7 '19 at 18:00
  • @RockPaperLizard yeah but it's good to have some gmail accounts that give another name / don't give your name away. Then you'd be fine – barlop Mar 7 '19 at 18:00

The Show Stopper for 64-bit is: "check if all plugins you need are available for 64 bit". ref. - https://community.notepad-plus-plus.org/topic/17356/change-from-32-bit-to-64-bit

As a longtime NotePad++ user, I have always chosen 32-bit to ensure a maximum selection of Plugins. I will, of course, review the list of plugins that don't work in 64-bit the next time I install NotePad++.

  • Yes, it's surprising, given the popularity of NotePad++, that quite a few popular plugins have not been updated for many years. – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Jan 8 '20 at 7:03

It's the same reason as any other 64 bit vs 32 bit program; it's able to use more RAM. Therefore a 64-bit version of Notepad++ is most likely able to open and handle bigger files, than the 32-bit version.

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