How To Install Nano Text Editor on openSUSE

Install Nano Text Editor on openSUSE

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Nano Text Editor on openSUSE. The nano text editor, an indispensable tool in the Linux ecosystem, stands out for its simplicity and ease of use. Originating as a free replacement for the Pico text editor, Nano has evolved to offer a range of features that cater to both novice and seasoned users. Its intuitive interface, coupled with powerful editing capabilities, makes it a go-to choice for quick edits and complex coding tasks alike.

Nano’s appeal lies in its straightforward design, which does not overwhelm users with an excess of features, yet it is robust enough to handle a variety of text editing needs. With support for multiple buffers, search and replace functions, and interactive spell-checking, Nano ensures that users can work efficiently and effectively. Syntax highlighting, a feature particularly beneficial for programmers, allows for easy identification of code constructs, making the editing process less error-prone.

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 openSUSE.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: openSUSE.
  • 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. openSUSE 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.
  • You have access to a user account with sudo or root privileges.

Install Nano Text Editor on openSUSE

Step 1.  Before we begin, ensure that your openSUSE system is up-to-date by running the following command in the terminal:

sudo zypper refresh
sudo zypper update

Step 2. Installing Nano Text Editor on openSUSE.

Run the following commands as root to add the repository and install nano:

zypper addrepo
zypper refresh
zypper install nano

The system will prompt you for your password. Enter it, and the installation process will begin.

Alternatively, you can install Nano from the Snap Store. Here are the steps:

sudo zypper addrepo --refresh snappy

Import the GPG key and upgrade the package cache:

sudo zypper --gpg-auto-import-keys refresh
sudo zypper dup --from snappy

Install snapd and enable the services:

sudo zypper install snapd
source /etc/profile
sudo systemctl enable --now snapd
sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.apparmor

Finally, install nano using the following command below:

sudo snap install nano-editor

Step 3. Accessing Nano Editor on openSUSE.

Once the installation is complete, you can verify it by typing nano in the terminal. If the installation is successful, the nano text editor window will open.

Step 4. Basic Syntax Nano Text Editor.

The nano text editor is a straightforward, modeless text editor that is designed for ease of use within Unix and Linux command lines. Here is a detailed explanation of its basic syntax and commands:

  • Opening and Creating Files

To open an existing file or create a new one with Nano, use the following command:

nano filename

If the file does not exist, Nano will create it. You can also specify a line and column number to position the cursor when opening a file:

nano +line_number,column_number filename

If the column_number is omitted, the cursor will be placed at the first character of the specified line

  • Key Commands

Nano operates through keyboard commands. Here is a table summarizing some of the basic key commands:

Command Description
Ctrl + O Save changes to a file
Ctrl + X Quit nano. If there are unsaved changes, Nano will prompt you to save them
Ctrl + W Search for a specific text in the document
Ctrl + A Move to the beginning of the current line
Ctrl + E Move to the end of the current line
Ctrl + V Move down one page
Ctrl + Y Move up one page
Alt + \ Go to the beginning of the file
Alt + / Go to the end of the file
Alt + G Go to a target line (and column) number
Ctrl + G Open the nano command help window
  • Syntax Highlighting

Nano includes syntax highlighting rules for various file types. These rules are typically stored in /usr/share/nano/ and can be included in the nano configuration file (/etc/nanorc or ~/.nanorc) using the include command.

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