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PICO (the PIne COmposer) Alternatives

PICO (the PIne COmposer) is described as 'PICO means "very small" and also stands for "PIne COmposer"' and is a Text Editor in the development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to PICO (the PIne COmposer) for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, BSD and Haiku. The best alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. Other great apps like PICO (the PIne COmposer) are Vim, VSCodium, GNU nano and GNU Emacs.

PICO (the PIne COmposer) 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 PICO (the PIne COmposer).
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  • Linux

PICO means "very small" and also stands for "PIne COmposer".

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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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. GNU nano icon

    GNU nano

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Haiku

    GNU nano is a 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.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceGNU nano either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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  5. 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. The features of GNU Emacs include:

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGNU Emacs can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableGNU Emacs is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingGNU Emacs supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingGNU Emacs supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    Emacs can compare two files and highlight their differences (M-x ediff)


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    CudaText

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Linux
    • BSD

    CudaText is a cross-platform text editor, written in Lazarus.

    ⚫︎ LightweightCudaText consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsCudaText can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableCudaText is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Multi-selections, Replace dialog at bottom
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    Lapce

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Linux

    Lightning-fast and Powerful Code Editor written in Rust.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsLapce can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  8. Tilde icon

    Tilde

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Tilde is a text editor for the console/terminal, which provides an intuitive interface for people accustomed to GUI environments such as Gnome, KDE and Windows. Example: copy current selection is Control-C; paste previously copied text is Control-V.

    ⚫︎ LightweightTilde consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  9. Vis

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • BSD

    Vis aims to be a modern, legacy-free, simple yet efficient editor, combining the strengths of both vi(m) and sam.

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    IT-Edit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    IT-Edit (Integrated Terminal Editor) provide a text editor with syntax highlight, line numbering and with the basics text editing functionalities, a file managing interface and terminals in the same window as the editor.

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    Discontinued

    Last update was in May 2016.

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