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nano – text editor

nano is a curses-based text editor. It is a clone of Pico, the editor of the Pine email client.

The nano project was started in 1999 due to licensing issues with the Pine suite (Pine was not distributed under a free software license), and also because Pico lacked some essential features.

nano aims to emulate the functionality and easy-to-use interface of Pico, while offering additional functionality, but without the tight mailer integration of the Pine/Pico package.

nano, like Pico, is keyboard-oriented, controlled with control keys.

Features include:

  • Interactive search and replace.
  • Color syntax highlighting.
  • Go to line and column number .
  • Auto-indentation.
  • Feature toggles.
  • UTF-8 support.
  • Mixed file format auto-conversion.
  • Verbatim input mode.
  • Multiple file buffers.
  • Smooth scrolling.
  • Bracket matching.
  • Customizable quoting string.
  • Backup files.
  • Internationalization support.
  • Filename tab completion.

Website: nano-editor.org
Support: Manual
Developer: Chris Allegretta, David Lawrence, Jordi Mallach, Adam Rogoyski, Robert Siemborski, Rocco Corsi, David Benbennick, Mike Frysinger
License: GNU General Public License v3.0


nano is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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