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How To Connect To FTP With Notepad++

How To Connect To FTP With Notepad++

Introduction

Notepad++ is an open source text editing software available for Microsoft Windows users. Due to its outstanding amount of features, the software has been a top choice for many developers. Syntax highlighting and folding, search/replace, multi-document view, and multi-language support are just a few of the tools that Notepad++ offers. Another notable feature is a wide variety of plugins, which enhances the functionality. One of such plugins is NppFTP, which allows connecting to your server files via FTP.

Notepad++ logo

In case you have never used Notepad++, here are a few advantages that might change your mind:

  • Convenient code editing
  • The ability to edit several files at a time
  • Colorful display that will help understand your code better
  • NppFTP is just one of the many plugins that Notepad++ offers
  • It can replace your default text editing software
  • A quicker way to make code changes than using an FTP client

Step 1: Installing Notepad++

First of all, you will need to install Notepad++ on your platform. You can download it from the official website.

Notepad++ installation wizard

Step 1.1: Gathering FTP Details

To make a successful connection, you will need your FTP details. On Hostinger, they are located under FTP Access section in the hosting control panel.

FTP details for Notepad++ on Hostinger

Step 2: Connecting to Notepad++ via FTP

Making a Notepad++ FTP connection is fairly easy. All you need to do is:

  1. Open Notepad++ and navigate to Plugins -> NppFTP > Show NppFTP WindowMaking an FTP connection with Notepad++ using the nppFTP plugin
  2. A configuration window will open on the left side. Select the gear iconNotepad++ FTP connection settings
  3. Select the Add New button in the prompted Notepad++ FTP configuration screen.Notepad++ FTP configuration screen
  4. Next, enter the profile name and press OK.Notepad++ FTP connection name
  5.  After that, enter the FTP details located in Step 1.1 in the Connection tab. Notepad++ FTP with Hostinger details
  6. Next, navigate to Transfers tab and configure these values:
    • Connection Type: Active
    • Transfer Mode: ASCIINotepad++ transfers tab
  7. The above settings will ensure that your permissions remain the same after making any changes. Using a different setup may potentially affect your website. To finish, press the Close button to save your configuration.
  8. Finally, to connect to your created profile, press the (Dis)Connect button (first one in NppFTP bar menu).Notepad++ saved FTP connection to Hostinger
  9. After a few moments, you will be prompted with your website’s content.Notepad++ FTP connection successful

Step 3: Editing files on the server

Now you can easily edit the files on the server live. All you need to do is:

  1. Double click on any file that you want to edit. Your selection will be downloaded and opened in editing mode. Keep in mind that you can download and edit multiple files at once.
  2. Once you are done making changes to your code, press Save to apply them.Editing files via FTP using Notepad++ Congratulations! You have successfully learned to access your files via Notepad++ FTP and manage them.

Conclusion

Connecting to FTP with Notepad++ is fairly easy. However, care should be taken when making edits, as all your tweaks and changes will be reflected directly on the live website. Making a copy of the file or a backup is always a good practice to prevent file loss.

Feel free to share any questions, tips, and tricks in the comments!

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