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How To Install Nano Text Editor on Fedora 39

Install Nano Text Editor on Fedora 39

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nano Text Editor on Fedora 39. Text editors are the unsung heroes of every developer’s toolkit. Among them, Nano stands out for its simplicity and user-friendly interface. Nano is more than just a text editor; it’s a versatile tool designed for ease of use. With basic functionalities for text editing and customization options, Nano caters to both beginners and seasoned users.

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 Nano Text Editor on a Fedora 39.


Before diving into the installation process, let’s ensure that you have everything you need:

  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Fedora 39.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • You will need access to the terminal to execute commands. Fedora 39 provides the Terminal application for this purpose. It can be found in your Applications menu.
  • You’ll need an active internet connection to download Nano Text Editor and its dependencies.
  • 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 39

Step 1. Before installing Nano, it’s crucial to update the package repository to ensure you get the latest version:

sudo dnf clean all
sudo dnf update

This command fetches the latest package information, ensuring a fresh and up-to-date installation.

Step 2. Installing Nano Text Editor on Fedora 39.

Fedora 39 uses the DNF package manager, simplifying the installation process. Execute the following command to install Nano:

sudo dnf install nano

This command installs Nano and its dependencies. The package manager will handle the installation process, prompting you for confirmation along the way.

Confirm the installation by checking Nano’s version:

nano --version

Step 3. Launching Nano from the Terminal.

With Nano installed, let’s explore the basics of launching and navigating within Nano. Open Nano by typing:


Step 4. Using Nano.

1. Opening Nano:

  • Open your Terminal on Fedora.
  • If you want to open a specific file, replace nano with the filename.
nano example.txt

2. Basic Navigation:

  • Use arrow keys for simple navigation.
  • Move to the beginning of a line with Ctrl + A.
  • Move to the end of a line with Ctrl + E.
  • Scroll up a page with Ctrl + Y.
  • Scroll down a page with Ctrl + V.
  • Jump to a specific line with Ctrl + _ (underscore) and then enter the line number.

3. Basic Text Editing:

  • Nano opens in command mode. Press i to enter insert mode.
  • Type your text or make changes.
  • Press Ctrl + X to exit insert mode.

4. Saving Changes:

  • After editing, press Ctrl + O to write changes.
  • Confirm the filename by pressing Enter.

5. Exiting Nano:

  • To exit Nano, press Ctrl + X.
  • If there are unsaved changes, Nano will prompt you to save. Press Y to confirm and Enter.

Example Scenario:

  1. Open or Create a File:
    • Open an existing file or create a new one.
    nano example.txt
  2. Navigate and Edit:
    • Use arrow keys to navigate to the desired location.
    • Press i to enter insert mode.
    • Add or edit text as needed.
  3. Save and Exit:
    • Press Ctrl + X to exit.
    • If prompted to save changes, press Y, and then Enter.

Additional Tips:

  • Search and Replace:
    • Press Ctrl + W to search for text.
    • Press Ctrl + \ to replace text.
  • Cut, Copy, and Paste:
    • Cut a line with Ctrl + K.
    • Copy a line with Ctrl + ^.
    • Paste with Ctrl + U.
  • Undo and Redo:
    • Undo with Ctrl + _.
    • Redo with Alt + _.
  • Configuring Nano:
    • Customize Nano settings in ~/.nanorc file.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Nano. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing GNU Nano Text Editor on your Fedora 39 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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