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    GNU nano is described as 'small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization support, and filename tab completion' and is a very popular Text Editor in the os & utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to GNU nano for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and Electron / Atom Shell. The best alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. Other great apps like GNU nano are Notepad++, Atom, Sublime Text and Vim.

    GNU nano is mainly a Text Editor but alternatives to it may also be Code Editors or IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of GNU nano.
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    1. Kakoune is a code editor heavily inspired by Vim, as such most of its commands are similar to vi’s ones.
    2. Left is a distractionless writing tool with auto-complete, a synonyms dictionary, writing statistics, markup-based navigation and a speed-reader.


    3. TextPad is designed to provide the power and functionality to satisfy the most demanding text editing requirements. It can edit files up to the limits of virtual memory, and it will work with the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, Server 2003 and 2008.
    4. Textadept is a fast, minimalist, and ridiculously extensible cross-platform text editor for programmers.


    5. BBEdit is a professional HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text.
    6. Metapad is a small, fast (and completely free) text editor for Windows 9x/NT/XP/Vista with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features.
    7. ne is a text editor based on the POSIX standard that runs (we hope) on almost any UN*X machine. ne is easy to use for the beginner, but powerful and fully configurable for the wizard, and most sparing in its resource usage.
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      Buster_Blue Ne has the same focus of being a beginner friendly command line text editor.
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      superluminar Beginner friendly command line editor
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    8. SynWrite is a free source code editor and notepad replacement for Microsoft Windows Operating Systems.

      Discontinued

      Last update was on 29-08-2017. Synwrite is continued on CudaText.
      Only there is no Total Commander plug-in with CudaText.

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      MadEdit is an Open-Source and Cross-Platform Text/Hex Editor written in C++ and wxWidgets.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.2.9, released in February 2009, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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