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"I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy DocPad.  What an absolutely nice all around multi-feature text editor."
- Sidris Henriksen
"The best I've found of many I've tried.  It's my replacement for Notepad & WordPad."
- John
"Been using it for about 6 months and don't know what I would do without it now."
- Sidney Hobbs


DocPad is a free alternative to Notepad.  Although it fills the same role, plain text editing, it offers an arsenal of time-saving tools:  block indent/unindent, bookmarking, case conversion, customizable toolbar, encoding conversion, file backups, file history, jump to line/offset, keyboard macros, print preview, search and replace, skinnable interface, spell checking, statistics, variable pitch font, and much more.  It also includes a built-in calculator, calendar, and character map.


  • Alphabetization of paragraphs
  • Backups of every changed file can easily be restored
  • Block indention and unindention
  • Bookmark
  • Calculator, calendar, and character map tools
  • Convert various encodings including Base-64, Quoted-Printable, UTF-7, etc.
  • Convert to lower/upper/title/sentence case
  • Cut, copy, and paste
  • Edits files with 8-bit ASCII characters or 16-bit unicode characters.
  • File type association tool
  • File drag & drop
  • Help file
  • Imports HTML files, converting to plain text
  • Jump to line/character
  • Keyboard macros (unlimited in size and number)
  • Normalize spaces
  • Print and Print Preview (user can adjust margins, font, page numbering).
  • Recent file history
  • Search and replace, including case-insensitive, whole-word, and wildcard searches.
  • Selectable character set
  • Skinnable user interface
  • Spell checking (English and Spanish)
  • Statistics on characters, words, lines, and paragraphs
  • Text drag & drop
  • Toolbar, Status Bar
  • Trim trailing spaces from lines
  • Undo up to 100 changes
  • Variable-pitch fonts support
  • Word wrap

And it's free!


Click the button below to download DocPad version 18.0, released on January 15th, 2017.

  • The download is a self-contained executable installer.  Simply open the file to begin installation.
  • The download is approximately 10 MB and installation will use approximately 40 MB of hard disk space.
  • If you prefer to download the installer inside of a .zip file, click here.
  • To update an existing installation, simply install the new version over the old one.


Any computer with Windows 10, 8, 2012, 7, 2008, Vista, 2003, or XP can run DocPad.


DocPad is fully functional freeware.  However, if you like it, you can make a donation (available in $5 increments).



DocPad Screenshot
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