Notepad++ Hex Editor Download and Install (x86) [Full Guide]

Why Do You Need the Hex Editor

Hex Editor is a program that can be used to view, edit, and even analyze hexadecimal coded files. It can also edit the saved game state files and change the changeable feature in the game. That’s why so many people want to install Notepad++ Hex Editor. However, some users reported that the Hex Editor is not available in 64-bit Notepad++. So, we recommend you use the 32-bit (x86) version of Hex Editor Notepad++.

How to Install Notepad++ Hex Editor Plugin

Part 1. Check Your Notepad++ Version

Step 1. Open your Notepad++ text editor, and click on the “?icon next to Window.

Step 2. Select About Notepad++, and you will see a pop-up window displaying the version of Notepad is 32-bit or 64-bit. If it’s not a 32-bit version, you can click here to download and install the 32-bit x86 version of Notepad++.

Part 2. Install Plugin Manager

Step 1. Click here to open the GitHub link, and then navigate to the Assets section and select the 32-bit or 64-bit zip to download it.

Step 2. Double click the zip folder and you will find 2 folders in it: plugins and updater. Both have 1 file in each and you need to copy files from here to the Notepad++ folders of plugins and updater respectively.

Step 3. Locate the directory of Notepad++: C:\Program Files(x86)\Notepad++ or C:\Program Files\Notepad++. It should be the default location of the installer if you haven’t changed it.

Step 4. Locate the Plugin Manager folder, and then copy the file ( PluginManager.dll) inside the plugins folder and paste it to the plugins folder inside the Notepad folder. Then do the same process of the updater folder. Here you should copy the gpup.exe file inside the updater folder and paste it to the updater folder inside the Notepad folder.

Step 5. Once copied, restart your Notepad++ and Plugin Manager.

Part 3. Install Hex Editor Windows 10 via Plugin Manager

Step 2. In the Plugin Manager or Plugins Admin window, navigate to the Available tab and select Hex-Editor from the list of plugins, and click on Install.

Step 3. Click on Yes in the pop-up confirmation window. After that, you will be asked to restart Notepad++ after installing.

Step 4. Once installed, your Notepad++ will automatically open.

Step 5. If you want to view a file using Hex Editor Notepad++, you can click on File > Open at the top menu bar. When the file is opened in Notepad++, and select Plugins > HEX-Editor > View in HEX.

How to install and use Hex Editor Notepad++? All detailed steps have been illustrated. Now, it’s your turn to have a try.


Ariel is an enthusiastic IT columnist focusing on partition management, data recovery, and Windows issues. She has helped users fix various problems like PS4 corrupted disk, unexpected store exception error, the green screen of death error, etc. If you are searching for methods to optimize your storage device and restore lost data from different storage devices, then Ariel can provide reliable solutions for these issues.

Originally published at on November 4, 2021.



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