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GNU nano


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This package was approved by moderator doc on 8/31/2019.

Nano is ANOther editor. The nano project was started because of a few "problems" with the wonderfully easy-to-use and friendly Pico text editor.

First and foremost was its license: the Pine suite does not use the GPL or a GPL-friendly license, and has unclear restrictions on
redistribution. Because of this, Pine and Pico are not included with many GNU/Linux distributions. Also, other features (like go-to-line-number or search-and-replace) were unavailable until recently or require a command-line flag. Yuck.

nano aims to solve these problems by emulating the functionality of Pico as closely as possible while addressing the problems above and providing other extra functionality.

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To install GNU nano, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install nano

To upgrade GNU nano, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade nano


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName = 'nano'
    $url = ''
    $checksum = 'b4ecf6ad6ae46e7c4e29b115b1503722133591d9'
    $checksumType = 'sha1'
    $toolsDir = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage -PackageName "$packageName" `
                                 -Url "$url" `
                                 -UnzipLocation "$toolsDir" `
                                 -Url64bit "" `
                                 -Checksum "$checksum" `
                                 -ChecksumType "$checksumType"

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Chris Allegretta


© 2002 GNU Project


Release Notes



  • Automatically built and uploaded by dtgm

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
GNU nano 2.5.2 457 Friday, February 12, 2016 approved
GNU nano 2.5.1 654 Monday, January 11, 2016 approved
GNU nano 2.5.0 423 Sunday, December 6, 2015 approved
GNU nano 2.4.1 286 Monday, April 27, 2015 approved
Nano 2.2.6 4367 Saturday, October 20, 2012 approved

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