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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++, Sublime Text, Atom and Vim.

GNU nano alternatives are mainly Text Editors but 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. Visual Studio Code is a free, lightweight, and extensible code editor for building web, desktop, and mobile applications, using any programming language and framework.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVisual Studio Code can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ LightweightVisual Studio Code consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableVisual Studio Code is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingVisual Studio Code supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeVisual Studio Code supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownVisual Studio Code supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Visual Studio Code without registration.
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    Nano is a small command line editor and VS Code is a big heavy wanna-be-ide GUI app

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  2. Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

    ⚫︎ LightweightNotepad++ consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ PortableNotepad++ can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsNotepad++ can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingNotepad++ supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    This alternative is disputed. Notepad++ is still a legitimate alternative to GNU nano, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    Notepad++ is a GUI text editor not a command line Text editor.

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  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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightSublime Text consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsSublime Text can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableSublime Text is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingSublime Text supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ PortableSublime Text can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Atom

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD
    • Electron / Atom Shell

    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.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAtom can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableAtom is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingAtom supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeAtom supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Atom simultaneously.
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    Discontinued

    Atom will be discontinued at the end of 2022: https://github.blog/2022-06-08-sunsetting-atom/

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    gnu nano is a small command line editor, atom a big-ish GUI based

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  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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightVim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableVim is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVim can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingVim supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownVim supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceVim either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingVim can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
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    Most users think Vim is a great alternative to GNU nano.

    Even better editing/navigating experience, good memory footprint and minimal startup time.

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  6. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's Visual Studio Code - Open Source ("Code - OSS") project, the open source core of the proprietary Visual Studio Code.

    ⚫︎ No TrackingVSCodium will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableVSCodium is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedVSCodium is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVSCodium can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineVSCodium can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in VSCodium without registration.
    ⚫︎ LightweightVSCodium consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingVSCodium supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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  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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightGeany consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingGeany supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableGeany is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingGeany can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    ⚫︎ PortableGeany can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Geany 1.34
  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.

    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingKate supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownKate supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ LightweightKate consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    gedit

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    • GNOME
    • OpenSolaris

    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.

    ⚫︎ Lightweightgedit consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/Extensionsgedit can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Syntax Highlightinggedit supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Spell Checkinggedit can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
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    The Default look under GNOME with Adwaita
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    Neovim

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    Neovim is Vim out of the box.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsNeovim can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ LightweightNeovim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingNeovim supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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