Notepad++ and FileZilla Tip

For those of us who use Notepad++ for text editing will be happy to know that FileZilla can use it as the default text editor. This might be old news for some of you but I just want to get the word out there, I have seen people download the text file first then open the text editor.

Here is my simple tip on using Notepad++ in conjunction with FileZilla for easy text editing. This tip causes Notepad++ to start every time you want to edit a file by choosing the edit option in FileZilla.

  • Install FileZilla and Notepad++ if you haven’t already
  • Open FileZilla and click on Edit (top bar) > Settings > Remote file editing
  • Now click on the Browse box, after the new window opens search for the folder Program Files open it and search again for the folder named Notepad++ open it
  • Double click on the icon Notepad++, we are back in the menu now choose the option Always use default editor
  • Click on OK, to test wheter you can edit a file using our set up upload a text file hover the mouse pointer above the file we wish to edit and do right click and choose the option View / Edit. If everything went well Notepad++ will open with the test file.
  • After saving the file FileZilla will ask if you want to upload the file back to the server answer yes.

13 comments on “Notepad++ and FileZilla Tip

  1. nicc February 10, 2008 4:27 am

    On another note… Notepad++ has a built in FTP plugin that works like an FTP and uploads the file as soon as a save is made. :-)

  2. luis February 10, 2008 10:34 pm

    Thanks nicc, I am using VSFTP for my server and I dont think notepad++ supports that, not sure. I have to check.

  3. Hieu March 26, 2008 12:57 pm

    Thanks man, this helps me a lot!!! Have been finding such thing for a while

  4. amit September 15, 2008 5:21 am

    Yeah.It allows editing in Notepad++.
    But there’s still a problem working with openVMS OS where the file names contain version numbers. Isn’t there any ftp plugin for notepad++ that works with openVMS? The one that comes with Notepad++ does not work with openVMS.

  5. glad user March 12, 2009 6:54 pm

    great combination

  6. Guest October 24, 2011 3:43 am


  7. Geraldine June 10, 2013 12:04 am

    Thanks a lot! :)

  8. Lynn Dye September 26, 2013 3:21 pm

    just what I needed – thanks

  9. Alison Shearer April 25, 2014 10:21 am

    I’m using FIleZilla to see files on an OpenVMS system and Notepad++ can open it but it’s all on one line. I’ve looked under Edit>EOL Conversion in Notepad++ but there’s no VMS option. Any suggestions

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