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GNU nano
Nano is a small and user-friendly text editor. It has an interactive search-and-replace function with regular-expression support, a spell-checker function, a goto-line command, variable tab width, auto-indent, syntax coloring, undo/redo, slang curses-wrapper and GNU autoconf support, and toggles for command-line flags that can be used from within the editor.


User manual available online in HTML, Info, ASCII, dvi, PostScript, and Texinfo formats from

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Download version 2.7.1 (stable)
released on 29 October 2016

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv3orlaterDeborah Nicholson9 July 2008

Leaders and contributors

Benno Schulenberg Maintainer
Chris Allegretta Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build Curses library (author recommends ncurses)
Weak prerequisite gettext

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 7 December 2016.


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