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One way to edit files on your server is to use Notepad++. Notepad++ has a great FTP capability that allows you to edit your files directly on the server. The following will explain the steps on how to edit your files using Notepad++.

Note! Notepad++ is only available on Windows.

FTP configuration with Notepad++

  1. Open NotePad++.
  2. Go to plugins Notepad++Go to Plugins > NppFTP > Show NppFTP Window in the menu at the top of your Notepad++.
  3. Profile settings Notepad++In the NppFTP Window, click the gear and select Profile Settings.
  4. Add new profile Notepad++Click Add new.
  5. Adding profile Notepad++On the "Adding profile" pop up, name the FTP Profile Connection.

    Click OK.

  6. Connection settings Notepad++Enter your FTP credentials in the Connection tab. For more information on your FTP connection credentials, please see our Getting Started Guide: FTP.

    When you are done adding the FTP information click close.

  7. Select your profile Notepad++Click the (Dis)Connect icon in the NppFTP window. See image to the right.

    Select your new Profile.

    FTP connection in Notepad++Your Notepad++ should display your FTP connection log and details at the bottom and the files on your server in the NppFTP window.

Congratulations, you learned how to connect to your server using Notepad++. For more information on FTP, please see our Getting Started Guide: FTP.

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2014-02-11 1:49 am
I can't open my server with notepad++. I don't know why. I used this method to open my server.
n/a Points
2014-09-07 7:17 pm

How to ftp intranet server. I tryed it but always failed.


20,940 Points
2014-09-08 10:10 am
Hello Nomo,

Thank you for your question. We are happy to help, but will need some additional information.

Can you provide the full error message you are getting?

Have you confirmed the FTP settings you are using are correct? For example, with our hosting you can view your own FTP settings at any time.

Feel free to post any additional questions below.

Thank you,
2014-02-11 2:39 am
It give message,
[NppFTP] Everything initialized
-> Quit
Unable to connect
2014-02-11 2:40 am
how to solve this ? i used notepad++ 6.5.3 version
11,186 Points
2014-02-11 9:05 am
It appears that you may have the incorrect server information or username/password defined. I recommend taking a look back through your settings to ensure that the correct domain is defined within your server, and your cPanel username and password are defined correctly as well.
n/a Points
2014-03-28 5:03 am

great help,

n/a Points
2014-05-17 8:41 am


Saving me so many clicks now much appreciated.

n/a Points
2014-07-10 6:54 am

Excellent help. Very clear.Going to save me lts of time & effort.



n/a Points
2014-08-26 11:15 pm
everything is fine and easy to understand
n/a Points
2014-08-27 3:04 pm

I cannot open many files in Notepad++ using this method, it is treating files as directory and when I click/double on file, it does nothing and shows below error in NppFTP

Failure retrieving contents of directory

Any Help please ??


29,898 Points
2014-08-27 4:02 pm
Hello Ban,

Thanks for the question. NotePadd++ FTP option is there to make it easy to directly transfer text that you're editing into a FTP account. The FTP option is not a full-featured option, so things you may take for granted (such as double-clicking on a file) may not be something available in NPP++FTP option. This is not something that is a result of of server settings - this is typically set on the client computer.

A good FTP program to use is FileZilla. You may want to use this program in place of the other if you want easier file handling.

Since we do not develop the software, so if you are interested in getting more support, then you may need to look at NotePad++'s support. If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-08-27 4:56 pm

Hi Arnel C,

Thanks for your reply. My issue is not "double click" but issue is that NppFTP is treating some files as directory and so not able to open. I am able to open many other files but issue is specific to some files which are shown as a directory in tree in NppFTP.

I guess issue is related to permissions on such files, I have read only permissions on these files which are not able to open in NppFTP. I can open same file in Linux and if I copy same file to different location or with different name in same location then I get full access on file and able to open in NppFTP.




11,186 Points
2014-08-27 5:34 pm
It appears to be an issue directly between Notepad++ and Windows file system permissions. I recommend opening a bug report with Notepad++ for further resolution.
n/a Points
2014-09-10 2:55 pm
It's OK.
n/a Points
2014-09-24 4:29 am

search window is missing in notpepad ++.


Tired all the possibiliites. F7




20,940 Points
2014-09-24 11:17 am
Hello paponnus,

Thank you for your question. You should be able to bring up the Find window by pushing Ctrl + f at the same time.

If the search box is not coming up, your installation may be messed up. Downloading the latest version, and re-installing Notepad++ may be a good solution.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2014-09-30 10:30 pm


Great plugin. I begining to prefer Notepad++ over Textpad.

Could this plugin be tweaked to tail say the last 100 or 1000  lines of the remote file?

My remote file is my server trace.log which is huge and I am interested in the the last few hundred lines of that file, only. (every few minutes)


11,186 Points
2014-10-01 9:34 am
Unfortunately, it cannot. Your best solution in that case would be to download the full file and then open it in Notepad++.
n/a Points
2014-12-29 12:27 am

Hi Guys

It's not connecting to my server. I checked and rechecked the ftp settings and it's not connecting. Below is the message I keep getting. I am using my cpanel username and pw. 

-> TYPE I  


-> Quit  

Unable to connect


Please help. Thanks, O

20,940 Points
2014-12-29 9:01 am
Hello Olaf,

Thank you for your question. We are happy to help, but will need some additional information. Are you using FTP, or FTPS/FTPES? I have seen instances where this can cause issues.

Also, have you reviewed the FTP logs for problems? For example, Live Support will review the logs while you use FTP to see if you are connecting, or failing before getting to the server.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2015-02-24 1:25 pm
n/a Points
2015-02-26 1:25 pm
The article is very good!
n/a Points
2015-03-17 6:20 pm
Great article. It's pretty much on point.

1. suggestion: explain what "hostname" is for noobies.

Thank you
n/a Points
2015-04-14 1:07 am

Is there a way to set a keyboard shortcut or record a macro for the upload function?  I love the FTP option but it would save time if I didn't have to move my mouse over to click it.

29,898 Points
2015-04-14 12:11 pm
Hello Greg,

Using the Macro button may allow you to record a series of events that allows you to use the upload function with Notbeook++. You will need to setup the addresses in it ahead of time.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-05-02 12:13 am

This has been a life saver! to be able to connect to server through notepad and edit files is fantastic. Thanks a million!

n/a Points
2015-10-21 9:14 am

i can't connect my application from android studio i set everthing then it's said:Unexpected response from the server,please can someone help me?

29,898 Points
2015-10-21 2:08 pm
Hello Eric,

We need a little more information in order to troubleshoot the problem. Can you please provide us the settings you're trying to use? Provide us this data and we can try to provide some assistance.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-10-24 11:31 pm


On clicking the Plugins menu, the only options I have are:

- MIME tools

- Converter

- NppExport

- Plugin Manager

I've check each of the drop down options and still can't find NppFTP anywhere.

I am currently using Notepad++ v6.8.5

Please help me solve this issue as soon as possible.

Thank you!

33,686 Points
2015-10-26 1:51 pm
Hello Rosemary,

It appears the NPPFTP plugin is not installed by default in 6.8.5. You can install it by going to Plugins -> Plugin Manager ->Show Plugin Manager From there, scroll down until you locate NPPFTP in the "Available" tab and click the checkbox. Then click the "Install" button to install it.

Once that is done, the instructions above will be correct.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-11-18 3:33 pm

Thanks for article, it saved lot of time after configiring with Notepad++

As we connected to the server One more question is there any way to run the script and check the output (Does it make sense at all) with out going to command promt?

29,898 Points
2015-11-18 3:44 pm
Hello Soma,

To my knowledge, you would need to check the output against the command prompt. There are code checker tools out there, but if you're trying to verify the output, then you need to step through the code.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-11-18 4:27 pm

Thanks Thats ok. But if there is a plugin then life will be more easier while scripting.

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