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Auto Updates

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Notepad++ Auto Update


Notepad++ comes with a helper program, gup.exe, which checks whether there is an update for Notepad++ and performs the update.

You can launch it manually usung  ? -> Update Notepad++, or get it to fire when Notepad++ starts up by checking the Settings -> Preferences -> MISC -> Enable Notepad++ auto-updater checkbox.

Basically, it assumes that it can connect directly to the Internet. This assumption fails on machine that use a proxy. The following are instructions on how to configure a proxy connection for the Notepad++ update.

  1. Start GUP telling it you are providing options:
    • Under a command prompt, which you may open by typing cmd.exe in the Start menu -> Run dialog, type :

      gup -options

      If the current directory is not the one gup.exe lives in, cd to that folder before launching gup. Using the full path will not work. With Windows Vista/7, you may need to open a command prompt as administrator, or settings won't be saved.

    • or you can create a GUP shortcut for passing -options parameter to GUP, then double click on the shortcut.
  2. A popup dialog is shown. Set your proxy server and port. You can fill the proxy server field with
  3. then click OK.

If your proxy requires authentication, you can pass credentials using <user>:<password>@<proxy>, but beware your credentials will be stored in plain text in the GUP configuration file, also GUP uses basic authentication thereby credential are sent on the network using just a simple Base64 encoding, very easy to decode. Proxy settings can be set through ? -> Set Updater Proxy as well.

GUP is an open source project on Sourceforge and Tuxfamily.org.

When a new version of Notepad++ is made available, there is a short delay - 15 days - before updates from Notepad++.exe are enabled. This prevents critical bugs to propagate by giving time to spot them and quickly issue a corrective version. Thed delay affects both auto updates and the ? -> Update Notepad++ command.

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