GNU nano Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to GNU nano for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows 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 Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to GNU nano are Notepad++ (Free, Open Source), Atom (Free, Open Source), Sublime Text (Free Personal) and Vim (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. Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
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      Notepad++ vs GNU nano opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Notepad++ is still a legitimate alternative to GNU nano, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      SecurityChecker Notepad++ is a GUI text editor not a command line Text editor.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago


    3. 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

    4. 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.
    5. 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


    6. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's VSCode.
    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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