nano Command: Tutorial & Examples
Edit text files with the Nano editor
nano is a simple text editor for Linux and other Unix-based operating systems. It is a command-line based text editor that is easy to use and has a user-friendly
nano is often used as an alternative to other more complex text editors such as
To open a file in
nano, you can enter the command
nano followed by the name of the file you want to edit. For example, to open a file called
example.txt, you would
nano example.txt in the terminal. If the file does not exist,
nano will create it.
nano has a built-in help system that can be accessed by pressing
Ctrl+G while inside the editor. This will display a help screen that lists the most important commands and how
to use them. Some of the most useful commands in
- Saving a file:
- Exiting nano:
- Go to line:
nano is a popular editor because it is easy to use and it does not require any advanced knowledge of command-line text editors, it is also widely available across different Linux
nano also has a command-line option to enable syntax highlighting of different file types like
nano -Y <syntax> <file>.
nano is a great choice for users who are new to Linux or prefer a simple text editor that is easy to navigate and use. It is also a good choice for users who need to make quick
edits to text files or configuration files and don't want to use a more complex text editor.