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How To Install Nano Text Editor on Fedora 38

Install Nano Text Editor on Fedora 38

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nano Text Editor on Fedora 38. When it comes to text editing on Linux systems, the choices are abundant. Among the plethora of text editors, Nano stands out as a lightweight, user-friendly, and highly efficient option. Nano’s simplicity sets it apart from other text editors like Vim and Emacs, which have steeper learning curves due to their extensive set of features and keybindings. Nano, on the other hand, offers a straightforward and intuitive interface, making it an ideal choice for those who prefer not to invest time in learning complex keybindings.

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 the step-by-step installation of the GNU Nano Text Editor on a Fedora 38.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Fedora 38.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Nano Text Editor.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Nano Text Editor on Fedora 38

Step 1. Before installing Nano, it’s good practice to ensure your package repository is up to date. This ensures you have the latest information on available software packages. In the terminal, enter the following command:

sudo dnf clean all
sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Nano Text Editor on Fedora 38.

Now, let’s install Nano. Fedora 38 uses the DNF package manager to handle software installation. To install Nano, use the following command:

sudo dnf install nano

Confirm the installation by typing ‘y‘ and pressing Enter. DNF will automatically download and install Nano along with any required dependencies.

To ensure Nano has been successfully installed, simply open a new terminal and type:

nano --version
Step 3. Tips and Tricks Nano Text Editor.

Essential Nano Commands √

Nano provides a range of commands for performing essential text-editing tasks. Here are some key commands to get you started:

  • Ctrl-O: Save the current file.
  • Ctrl-X: Exit Nano.
  • Ctrl-G: Get help within Nano.
  • Ctrl-W: Search for text.
  • **Ctrl-**: Replace text.
  • Ctrl-C: Show the current line and column number.
  • Ctrl-K: Cut (remove) a line.
  • Ctrl-U: Paste (uncut) the cut text.
  • Ctrl-T: Run a spell check on the document.
  • Ctrl-J: Justify (format) the current paragraph.

Keyboard Shortcuts √

Nano features a variety of keyboard shortcuts that help streamline your text-editing workflow:

  • Ctrl-A: Move to the beginning of the current line.
  • Ctrl-E: Move to the end of the current line.
  • Ctrl-Space: Begin marking text for selection.
  • Alt-A: Mark text by words (instead of characters).
  • Alt-6: Copy the marked text.
  • Alt-U: Uncut (paste) the copied text.
  • Alt-M: Mark a block of text.
  • **Alt-**: Cut the marked block of text.
  • Alt-T: To cut a specific column of text.
  • Alt-C: To copy a specific column of text.
  • Alt-Y: To paste a column of text.

Copy-Pasting Text in Nano √

Copying and pasting text in Nano is quite straightforward:

  1. Place the cursor at the start of the text you want to copy.
  2. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-6 (or Ctrl-6) to mark the beginning of the selection.
  3. Move the cursor to the end of the text you want to copy.
  4. Use the keyboard shortcut Alt-6 to copy the selected text.
  5. To paste the copied text, move the cursor to the desired location and use the keyboard shortcut Alt-U.

Search and Replace √

Nano offers a convenient way to search for and replace text within your document:

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-W to initiate a search.
  2. Enter the text you want to find and press Enter.
  3. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-\ to begin the replacement process.
  4. Enter the new text you want to replace the found text with and press Enter.
  5. You can choose to replace the text one instance at a time by pressing Y (Yes) or replace all instances at once by pressing A (All).
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Nano. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing GNU Nano Text Editor on your Fedora 38 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Nano website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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