GNU nano Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to GNU nano for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to GNU nano and loads of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to GNU nano are Atom (Free, Open Source), Sublime Text (Free Personal), Vim (Free, Open Source) and Geany (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 4, 2021

    1. VS Code is more than just a code editor, it provides the tools and extensions to compile, debug, compare, refactor, and even manage code repositories all within a highly-customised development environment.
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      Visual Studio Code vs GNU nano opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Nano is a small command line editor and VS Code is a big heavy wanna-be-ide GUI app
      Negative comment 12 months ago

    2. Atom is an open-source, Electron based text editor with a massive ecosystem of plugins and themes that are easily accessible through a built-in package manager. Being built with Electron, it uses web technology (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Node.
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      Atom vs GNU nano opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Atom is still a legitimate alternative to GNU nano, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      superluminar gnu nano is a small command line editor, atom a big-ish GUI based
      Negative comment over 3 years ago


    3. Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose - any kind of text file. You'll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features.
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      Some users think Sublime Text is a great alternative to GNU nano, some don't.
    4. Vim ("Vi IMproved") is an advanced text editor that allows syntax highlighting, word completion and has a huge amount of contributed content. It also has a GUI version called GVim.
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      Vim vs GNU nano opinions
      Most users think Vim is a great alternative to GNU nano.
      Even better editing/navigating experience, good memory footprint and minimal startup time.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

    5. Geany is a small and lightweight Integrated Development Environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages.
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    6. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's VSCode.
    7. Official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Has syntax highlighting and is suitable for programming, with support for several languages. It is extensible with plugins.
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    8. The Kate project develops two main products: KatePart, the advanced editor component which is used in numerous KDE applications requiring a text editing component, and Kate, a MDI text editor application.
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    9. GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.
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    10. Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: Simplify maintenance and encourage contributions. Split the work between multiple developers. Enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source.
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