How to add back the Notepad++ missing plugin manager?

How to install Notepad plus plus missing plugin manager

In the latest versions of Notepad++, the  Plugin Manager‌  is not present by default anymore.

To add it back, it is necessary to install the plugin nppPluginManager that will actually replace the plugin manager, and allow to search, install, update and delete Notepad++ plugins.

Download nppPluginManager plugin

The first step is to download the replacement plugin for the plugin manager, which is called nppPluginManager and is maintained by the community on github.

Go to the download page, and select the latest available that suits your need, either Unicode for 32 bits versions, or x64 for 64 bits versions.

nppPluginManager releases to download on github

Copy the nppPluginManager.dll file in plugin folder

Once it has been downloaded, unzip the folder, or open the compressed file in Windows Explorer, and copy the PluginManager.dll file into your plugin folder in your Notepad++ installation folder, which is usually located under C:\ProgramFiles\Notepad++\plugins.

In case you get the issue destination folder access denied, as the Notepad++ installation folder access is reserved to system administrators, simply give the administrators permissions to copy the file inside the folder.

After that, the notepad++  Plugin Manager‌  plugin dll file should now be copied in the Notepad++ installation plugin folder, and the plugin is now installed in Notepad++.

Restart Notepad++ and start plugin manager

After that, in case Notepad++ is already open, it must first be closed on restarted, before being able to see the  Plugin Manager‌  plugin accessible in the Notepad++ menus.

Close the  Notepad++ application‌  if it is opened, and restart it.

Once Notepad++ has been restarted, the  Plugin Manager‌  plugin should now appear in the menu plugins >  Plugin Manager‌  > show plugin manager.

Notepad++ plugin manager installed

Back in the very useful  Plugin Manager‌  tool, it is time to check for updates of the installed plugins!

The  Plugin Manager‌  also offers the possibility to install available plugins from the central repository, without having to perform any manual action, to update the plugins, and also to check installed plugins and remove them when necessary.

When selecting a plugin already installed from the list of plugins under the tab updates, which contains installed plugins for which an update is available, select the ones that you want to update, and clik on the update button.

A progress bar will shop up, and the download progress will start as soon as the plugin starts downloading.

At the end of the download, the installation progress bar will show the progress.

At the end of the download and installation of the plugins update inside the plugin manager, the plugin will most likely request for the  Notepad++ application‌  to be restarted in order to apply the changes.

It is recommended to restart right now, as, remember, Notepad++ will not lose any change in the opened files, even the ones that haven't been saved.

Notepad++ gpup.exe missing for plugin manager

In case you are getting the error from Notepad++  Plugin Manager‌  that a file needed by the  Plugin Manager‌  (gpup.exe) is not present under the updater directory, you should update or reinstall the  Plugin Manager‌  plugin to fix this problem. Notepad++ will not restart, it is simply because you need to copy another file from the Notepad++ PluginManager plugin file download.

Simply reopen the zip file that has been downloaded from github with the PluginManager plugin, go to the folder updater, and copy the file to the Notepad++ updater folder, usually situated under C:\ProgramFiles\Notepad\updater.

nppPluginManager releases to download on github

After the gpup.Exe missing file has been installed, try again to update the plugins through the PluginManager plugin, and it should now work.

It might be necessary to restart  Notepad++ application‌  first.

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