Class Notepad

Notepad++ wrapper.

Provides access to the Notepad++ application. Most of the API messages and notifications have been made available, but more can be made available as needed.

The global instance npp is used for application access.

Helper Methods

Notepad.SendEditor(sci_const[, wparam=0[, lparam=0]]) Sends a message to the current editor.
Notepad.ConstantName(const[, hint]) Looks up the symbolic name of a constant.
Notepad.AddEventHandler(event, callback) Registers a Lua function to handle a given event.
Notepad.RemoveEventHandler(event, callback) Removes previously registered Lua function for a given event.
Notepad.RemoveAllEventHandlers(event) Removes all registered Lua functions for a given event.
Notepad.AddShortcut(name, shortcut, callback) Registers a Lua function for a shortcut key.
Notepad.WriteError(...) Writes an error message to the console.
Notepad.ClearConsole() Clears the console.
Notepad.StartTimer(ms, callback) Continuously calls a function at a set interval.
Notepad.StopTimer(timer) Stops a previously created timer.

Methods

Notepad:ActivateDoc(view, index2Activate) Activates the specified document.
Notepad:DisableAutoUpdate() Disable checking for auto updates.
Notepad:DmmViewOtherTab(name) View another docked tab.
Notepad:DoOpen(file) Opens a document.
Notepad:DocSwitcherDisableColumn(toShow) Enable or disable the file extension column in the doc switcher.
Notepad:GetBufferIDFromPos(position, view) Gets the BufferID located at the given position.
Notepad:GetCurrentDirectory() Gets the current directory of the document.
Notepad:GetCurrentDocIndex(view) Gets the current document index within the view.
Notepad:GetCurrentWord() Selects and returns the word at the cursor's position
Notepad:GetExtPart() Gets the file extension of the current document.
Notepad:GetFileName() Gets the file name of the current document.
Notepad:GetFileNameAtCursor() Gets the file name at the cursor position.
Notepad:GetFullCurrentPath() Gets the full path of the current document.
Notepad:GetFullPathFromBufferID(BufferID) Gets the full path of the provided buffer ID.
Notepad:GetNamePart() Gets the file name (without extension) of the current document.
Notepad:GetNbOpenFiles(view) Gets the number of open documents.
Notepad:GetNbSessionFiles(session) Gets the number of files a the session file.
Notepad:GetNppDirectory() Gets the directory of the Notepad++ application.
Notepad:GetPluginsConfigDir() Gets the plugin configuration directory.
Notepad:GetPosFromBufferID(BufferID, priorityView) Gets the position information of the provided buffer ID.
Notepad:HideMenu(hideOrNot) Hides or shows the menu.
Notepad:HideStatusBar(hideOrNot) Hides or shows the status bar.
Notepad:HideTabBar(hideOrNot) Hides or shows the tab bar.
Notepad:HideToolBar(hideOrNot) Hides or shows the tool bar.
Notepad:IsDocSwitcherShown() Gets whether the doc switcher is hidden or shown.
Notepad:IsMenuHidden() Gets whether the menu is hidden or shown.
Notepad:IsStatusBarHidden() Gets whether the status bar is hidden or shown.
Notepad:IsTabBarHidden() Gets whether the tab bar is hidden or shown.
Notepad:IsToolBarHidden() Gets whether the tool bar is hidden or shown.
Notepad:LaunchFindInFilesDlg(path, filter) Launch the "Find in Files" dialog.
Notepad:LoadSession(filename) Loads a session file.
Notepad:MakeCurrentBufferDirty() Makes the current buffer marked as dirty.
Notepad:MenuCommand(command) Executes a menu command.
Notepad:ReloadBufferID(BufferID, alertOrNot) Reloads the specified buffer ID.
Notepad:ReloadFile(withAlert, filename) Reloads the specified file.
Notepad:SaveAllFiles() Saves all the opened documents.
Notepad:SaveCurrentFile() Saves the current document.
Notepad:SaveCurrentFileAs(asCopy, filename) Saves the current document as the specified name.
Notepad:SaveCurrentSession(session) Saves a new session file of the currently opened buffers.
Notepad:SetEditorBorderEdge(useOrNot) Enable or disable the editor's border edge
Notepad:SetSmoothFont(useOrNot) Enable or disable the use of smooth fonts.
Notepad:ShowDocSwitcher(showOrNot) Enable or disable the doc switcher panel.
Notepad:SwitchToFile(filename) Switch to the specified document.
Notepad:TriggerTabbarContextMenu(view, index) Activate the tab bar context menu.

Properties

Notepad.AppDataPluginsAllowed Whether plugins are allowed to be loaded from the %APPDATA% directory.
Notepad.BufferFormat[id] Gets or sets the buffer's end of line mode (one of the SC_EOL_xxx constants).
Notepad.BufferLangType[id] Gets or sets the buffer's language type (one of the L_xxx constants).
Notepad.CurrentBufferID Gets the current BufferID.
Notepad.CurrentColumn Gets the current column of the cursor.
Notepad.CurrentLine Gets the current line number of the cursor.
Notepad.CurrentView Gets the currently active view, either MAIN_VIEW or SUB_VIEW.
Notepad.DefaultBackgroundColor Gets the default background color used for documents.
Notepad.DefaultForegroundColor Gets the default foreground color used for documents.
Notepad.LanguageDescription[language] Gets the description of a language.
Notepad.LanguageName[language] Gets the language name.
Notepad.NativeLangEncoding Gets the encoding of Notepad++'s localization.
Notepad.StatusBar[field] Sets the status bar's text.
Notepad.Version Gets the Notepad++ version.
Notepad.WindowsVersion Gets the version of the Windows operating system (one of the WV_xxx constants).


Helper Methods

Notepad.SendEditor(sci_const[, wparam=0[, lparam=0]])
Sends a message to the current editor. This duplicates the functionality of the editor object, providing access to this through an interface that is more familiar to Scintilla C++ developers.

Parameters:

  • sci_const int A SCI_xxx message constant
  • wparam optional parameter dependent on the specific message (default 0)
  • lparam optional parameter dependent on the specific message (default 0)

Returns:

    optional return value dependent on the specific message
Notepad.ConstantName(const[, hint])
Looks up the symbolic name of a constant.

Parameters:

  • const int number
  • hint string the prefix of the constant to attempt to find (optional)

Returns:

    string The symbolic name of a Scintilla / Notepad++ constant. Raises error if not found.
Notepad.AddEventHandler(event, callback)
Registers a Lua function to handle a given event. See the topic on Callbacks

Parameters:

  • event string name of the desired event (can also be an array of strings)
  • callback function function to call when the event(s) is triggered

Returns:

    bool always returns true currently
Notepad.RemoveEventHandler(event, callback)
Removes previously registered Lua function for a given event.

Parameters:

  • event string name of the desired event
  • callback function a previously registered function

Returns:

    bool true if the function had been previously registered, else false

See also:

Notepad.RemoveAllEventHandlers(event)
Removes all registered Lua functions for a given event.

Parameters:

  • event string name of the desired event

See also:

Notepad.AddShortcut(name, shortcut, callback)
Registers a Lua function for a shortcut key. The callback is not passed any parameters.

Note: This can only be called during startup.

Parameters:

  • name string the user-friendly name of the shortcut (this is displayed in the menu)
  • shortcut string the modifier and key (e.g. "Ctrl+Alt+Shift+D"). The key must be A-Z, 0-9, or F1-F12
  • callback function function to call when the shortcut is triggered
Notepad.WriteError(...)
Writes an error message to the console. Calls tostring on each parameter and prints the results in the console in red text.

Parameters:

  • ... variable number of arguments
Notepad.ClearConsole()
Clears the console.
Notepad.StartTimer(ms, callback)
Continuously calls a function at a set interval.

Note: The timer will continue to fire until StopTimer is called. Also, these timers run synchronously in the same thread as Notepad++, meaning that if Notepad++ is busy processing the file (such as doing search/replace) the timer event will get delayed. It is safe to access any of the globally defined LuaScript objects in the callback.

Parameters:

  • ms int milliseconds to wait between calls
  • callback function function to be called. It will be passed a singe parameter, the opaque timer object

Returns:

    the opaque timer object

See also:

Usage:

    -- A trivial example...save a copy of the current file every 10 seconds, unless the file is too big
    npp.StartTimer(10000, function(timer)
        if editor.Length < 1000 then
            npp:SaveCurrentFileAs(true, [[C:\path\to\current\file.backup]])
        else
            npp.StopTimer(timer)
        end
    end)
Notepad.StopTimer(timer)
Stops a previously created timer.

Parameters:

  • timer the opaque timer object returned from StartTimer or passed into the callback

See also:

Methods

Notepad:ActivateDoc(view, index2Activate)
Activates the specified document.

Parameters:

  • view int either MAIN_VIEW or SUB_VIEW
  • index2Activate int index of the view to activate
Notepad:DisableAutoUpdate()
Disable checking for auto updates.
Notepad:DmmViewOtherTab(name)
View another docked tab.

Parameters:

  • name string name of the docked tab (e.g. "Function List")
Notepad:DoOpen(file)
Opens a document.

Parameters:

  • file string name

Returns:

    bool true if successful, else false
Notepad:DocSwitcherDisableColumn(toShow)
Enable or disable the file extension column in the doc switcher.

Parameters:

  • toShow bool whether to show or hide the column
Notepad:GetBufferIDFromPos(position, view)
Gets the BufferID located at the given position.

Parameters:

  • position int position of document
  • view int either MAIN_VIEW or SUB_VIEW

Returns:

    int BufferID or 0 if invalid
Notepad:GetCurrentDirectory()
Gets the current directory of the document.

Returns:

    string current directory
Notepad:GetCurrentDocIndex(view)
Gets the current document index within the view.

Parameters:

  • view int either MAIN_VIEW or SUB_VIEW

Returns:

    int index of the current document. -1 if the requested view is not visible.
Notepad:GetCurrentWord()
Selects and returns the word at the cursor's position

Returns:

    string word
Notepad:GetExtPart()
Gets the file extension of the current document.

Returns:

    string file extension
Notepad:GetFileName()
Gets the file name of the current document.

Returns:

    string file name
Notepad:GetFileNameAtCursor()
Gets the file name at the cursor position.

Returns:

    string file path
Notepad:GetFullCurrentPath()
Gets the full path of the current document.

Returns:

    string full path
Notepad:GetFullPathFromBufferID(BufferID)
Gets the full path of the provided buffer ID.

Parameters:

  • BufferID int

Returns:

    string full path
Notepad:GetNamePart()
Gets the file name (without extension) of the current document.

Returns:

    string
Notepad:GetNbOpenFiles(view)
Gets the number of open documents.

Parameters:

  • view int either ALL_OPEN_FILES, PRIMARY_VIEW, or SECOND_VIEW

Returns:

    int
Notepad:GetNbSessionFiles(session)
Gets the number of files a the session file.

Parameters:

  • session string full path to the session file

Returns:

    int number of files
Notepad:GetNppDirectory()
Gets the directory of the Notepad++ application.

Returns:

    string
Notepad:GetPluginsConfigDir()
Gets the plugin configuration directory.

Returns:

    string
Notepad:GetPosFromBufferID(BufferID, priorityView)
Gets the position information of the provided buffer ID.

Parameters:

  • BufferID int
  • priorityView int either MAIN_VIEW or SUB_VIEW. If priorityView set to SUB_VIEW, then it will be searched first

Returns:

    int the two highest bits will either be MAIN_VIEW or SUB_VIEW. The lower 30 bits will be the 0-based index.
Notepad:HideMenu(hideOrNot)
Hides or shows the menu.

Parameters:

  • hideOrNot bool whether or not to hide the menu

Returns:

    bool the previous state
Notepad:HideStatusBar(hideOrNot)
Hides or shows the status bar.

Parameters:

  • hideOrNot bool whether or not to hide the status bar

Returns:

    bool the previous state
Notepad:HideTabBar(hideOrNot)
Hides or shows the tab bar.

Parameters:

  • hideOrNot bool whether or not to hide the tab bar

Returns:

    bool the previous state
Notepad:HideToolBar(hideOrNot)
Hides or shows the tool bar.

Parameters:

  • hideOrNot bool whether or not to hide the tool bar

Returns:

    bool the previous state
Notepad:IsDocSwitcherShown()
Gets whether the doc switcher is hidden or shown.

Returns:

    bool
Notepad:IsMenuHidden()
Gets whether the menu is hidden or shown.

Returns:

    bool
Notepad:IsStatusBarHidden()
Gets whether the status bar is hidden or shown.

Returns:

    bool
Notepad:IsTabBarHidden()
Gets whether the tab bar is hidden or shown.

Returns:

    bool
Notepad:IsToolBarHidden()
Gets whether the tool bar is hidden or shown.

Returns:

    bool
Notepad:LaunchFindInFilesDlg(path, filter)
Launch the "Find in Files" dialog.

Parameters:

  • path string the directory path to search
  • filter string the filter to use (e.g. "*.c *.h")
Notepad:LoadSession(filename)
Loads a session file.

Parameters:

  • filename string full path to the session file
Notepad:MakeCurrentBufferDirty()
Makes the current buffer marked as dirty.
Notepad:MenuCommand(command)
Executes a menu command.

Parameters:

  • command int one of the IDM_xxx constants
Notepad:ReloadBufferID(BufferID, alertOrNot)
Reloads the specified buffer ID.

Parameters:

  • BufferID int
  • alertOrNot bool whether to show an alert dialog.

Returns:

    bool
Notepad:ReloadFile(withAlert, filename)
Reloads the specified file.

Parameters:

  • withAlert bool use an alert or not
  • filename string file name to reload
Notepad:SaveAllFiles()
Saves all the opened documents.

Returns:

    bool
Notepad:SaveCurrentFile()
Saves the current document.

Returns:

    bool
Notepad:SaveCurrentFileAs(asCopy, filename)
Saves the current document as the specified name.

Parameters:

  • asCopy bool flag to indicate of the file should be saved as a copy
  • filename string file name

Returns:

    bool
Notepad:SaveCurrentSession(session)
Saves a new session file of the currently opened buffers.

Parameters:

  • session string full path of the new session file
Notepad:SetEditorBorderEdge(useOrNot)
Enable or disable the editor's border edge

Parameters:

  • useOrNot bool
Notepad:SetSmoothFont(useOrNot)
Enable or disable the use of smooth fonts.

Parameters:

  • useOrNot bool
Notepad:ShowDocSwitcher(showOrNot)
Enable or disable the doc switcher panel.

Parameters:

  • showOrNot bool
Notepad:SwitchToFile(filename)
Switch to the specified document.

Parameters:

  • filename string file name

Returns:

    bool true if successful, else false
Notepad:TriggerTabbarContextMenu(view, index)
Activate the tab bar context menu.

Parameters:

  • view int either MAIN_VIEW or SUB_VIEW
  • index int 0-based index

Properties

Notepad.AppDataPluginsAllowed
Whether plugins are allowed to be loaded from the %APPDATA% directory.
  • AppDataPluginsAllowed bool (readonly)
Notepad.BufferFormat[id]
Gets or sets the buffer's end of line mode (one of the SC_EOL_xxx constants).
  • id BufferID
Notepad.BufferLangType[id]
Gets or sets the buffer's language type (one of the L_xxx constants).
  • id BufferID
Notepad.CurrentBufferID
Gets the current BufferID.
  • CurrentBufferID BufferID (readonly)
Notepad.CurrentColumn
Gets the current column of the cursor.
  • CurrentColumn int (readonly)
Notepad.CurrentLine
Gets the current line number of the cursor.
  • CurrentLine int (readonly)
Notepad.CurrentView
Gets the currently active view, either MAIN_VIEW or SUB_VIEW.
  • CurrentView int (readonly)
Notepad.DefaultBackgroundColor
Gets the default background color used for documents.
  • DefaultBackgroundColor colour (readonly)
Notepad.DefaultForegroundColor
Gets the default foreground color used for documents.
  • DefaultForegroundColor colour (readonly)
Notepad.LanguageDescription[language]
Gets the description of a language.
  • language int one of the L_xxx constant (readonly)
Notepad.LanguageName[language]
Gets the language name.
  • language int one of the L_xxx constant (readonly)
Notepad.NativeLangEncoding
Gets the encoding of Notepad++'s localization.
  • NativeLangEncoding int (readonly)
Notepad.StatusBar[field]

Sets the status bar's text. field must be one of the following:

  • STATUSBAR_DOC_TYPE
  • STATUSBAR_DOC_SIZE
  • STATUSBAR_CUR_POS
  • STATUSBAR_EOF_FORMAT
  • STATUSBAR_UNICODE_TYPE
  • STATUSBAR_TYPING_MODE
  • field int
Notepad.Version
Gets the Notepad++ version. The high 16 bits contain the major version. The low 16 bits contain the minor version.
  • Version int (readonly)

Usage:

    print((npp.Version >> 16) .. '.' .. (npp.Version & 0xff))
Notepad.WindowsVersion
Gets the version of the Windows operating system (one of the WV_xxx constants).
  • WindowsVersion int (readonly)
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