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 VSCodium (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 21, 2021

    1. Hacker Pad is a convenient scratch pad that allows everyone, especially developer, to quickly jot down ideas and snippets. This comes from the need of my colleagues who struggle with how to quickly write down notes in a convenient way.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      xPad is the ultimate notepad, TextEdit and Stickies replacement for Apple's OS X. With a simple, easy-to-use interface and powerful multi-document features, xPad will quickly become your daily text editor of choice.

      Discontinued

      xPad is no longer developed or maintained, but it can be still downloaded from its webpage.

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    2. An Editor for Text, HTML, LaTeX, C++, Java, Python, R, Perl, Ruby, PHP, and more... Based on GNU Emacs, Aquamacs integrates perfectly with OS X with many Mac-specific extensions to fit with the Mac user interface (you can turn them off if you want of course...).
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      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Cross-platform, keyboard-friendly text editor.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Cygwin
      vile is a portable vi clone with extra features and other improvements. It's a text editor that attempts to combine the best aspects of the popular Emacs and vi editors.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Cygwin
      This is a portable version of the Mg editor from OpenBSD by an OpenBSD developer who did a bunch of overhaul work on the version of Mg found in the OpenBSD base system.
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      Simple, Flexible, Powerful Text Editor for the Web. Handles most common features you want; code completion, saved snippets, subversion support, remote connections, extensible language support, browser preview and much more.
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    3. Console text editor with multi cursor support. Suplemon replicates Sublime Text style functionality in the terminal.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Everything you need to get started without any configuration. A completely usable editor, right out of the box. Built to run inside your terminal or on a server. No heavy web-based UI. Pairs incredibly well with Alacritty and tmux.
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