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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.
    This page was last updated Apr 30, 2022
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    GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an...
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      JOE is a full featured terminal-based screen editor which is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). JOE has been around since 1988 and comes standard with many Linux distributions.
    1. Replace notepad with free Unicode notepad replacement, rich in innovative features, text-processing functions, tools and hot-keys.


    2. RJ TextEd is a full featured text and source editor with Unicode support, syntax highlighting and code folding.
    3. Thunderpad (formerly Textpad) is a simple, general-purpose and cross-platform text editor written in C++ using the Qt libraries. Thunderpad aims to be faster and more lightweight than most text editors, but as useful as them.

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      The project is no longer developed since 2015. Latest versions can be still downloaded from SourceForge and GitHub

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      TabNote is a free and offline chrome extension which can use to take notes while you are browsing the web. 🤗


    4. EditPlus is a text editor, HTML editor and programmers editor for Windows. While it can serve as a good Notepad replacement, it also offers many powerful features for Web page authors and programmers.
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      EdytorNC is text editor for CNC programmers.
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      Eddie is a programmers editor for Mac OSX and Gnome Linux. Inspired by the Macintosh Programmer's Workshop, Eddie brings some of it's powerful features into a modern lightweight and capable programmer's editor.
    5. BowPad is a small and fast text editor with a ribbon user interface and syntax highlighting.
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      A cross-platform, reimplementation of Notepad++. Releases are available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.
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