How To Install Nano Text Editor on CentOS 8

Install Nano Text Editor on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nano Text Editor on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Nano comes with many powerful features and allows you to edit and create various files on your computer or server. It includes all the basic functionality same as other text editors such as UTF-8 encoding, syntax highlighting, search and replace with regular expression support, multiple buffers, spellchecking, and more.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the Nano Text Editor on CentOS 8.

Install Nano Text Editor on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf install epel-release
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Nano Text Editor on CentOS 8.

Now we run the following commands to install the Nano text editor on the CentOS system:

sudo dnf install nano

Step 3. Using the Nano Text Editor.

In this part, you are going to tips on how to open and close files. Also, a way to search and replace text. Then, we’ll exhibit you some editing hints and different user-friendly commands that you could use in Nano textual content editor:

The main syntax to open Nano and to edit a certain file is:

nano idroot.txt

To search in the text,  press CTRL + W. Insert your value and press Enter. To continue searching for the same text string, use ALT + W.

We have compiled the most useful commands to help you utilize the Nano text editor more effectively:

CommandExplanation
CTRL + ALets you jump to the beginning of the line.
CTRL + ELets you jump to the end of the line.
CTRL + YScrolls page down.
CTRL + VScrolls page up.
CTRL + GA Help window will pop out and show you all the available commands.
CTRL + OTo save the file. Nano will ask you to edit or verify the desired file name.
CTRL + WSearch for a specified phrase in your text. Press ALT + Wto search for the same phrase again.
CTRL + KIt cuts the entire selected line to the cut buffer (similar to the clipboard).
CTRL + UTo paste the text from the cut buffer into the selected line.
CTRL + JJustifies the current paragraph.
CTRL + CShows the current cursor position in the text (line/column/character).
CTRL + ROpens a file and inserts it at the current cursor position.
CTRL + XTo exit Nano text editor. It prompts a save request if you made any changes to the file.
CTRL + \Replaces string or a regular expression.
CTRL + TInvokes the spell checker, if available.
CTRL + _Lets you go to the specified line and column number.
ALT + ATo select text. You can combine this command with CTRL + K to cut a specific part of the text to the cut buffer.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Nano. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Nano Text Editor on your CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Nano website.

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