Nano is a command line-based code editor known for its simplicity compared to other editors like Vim and Emacs.
But if you are new to Nano, performing basic operations like creating files, saving the file, and exiting the editor might be confusing.
So, in this article, I want to show you how to save your code in Nano and exit it as well.
I’ll be using the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in this article. But it’s fine if you’re on Linux itself. The commands are the same.
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How to Save a File in Nano
Step 1: Open WSL, type “nano” and hit
ENTER to get into the Nano code editor
Step 2: Write your code in any language. In the screenshot below, I wrote some PHP.
NB: If you don’t get syntax highlighting, enable it by pressing
4. If you still don’t get syntax highlighting, then you need to save the file.
Step 3: Press
O to save the file, type the file name, and hit
Now, syntax highlighting is enabled:
If you already opened the file by typing
nano file_name in WSL…
When you are done making your changes, press
CTRL + O and hit
ENTER to save the changes.
How to Exit Nano
To exit nano, all you need to do is to press
If you have any changes that have not been saved, you’ll be prompted to save the changes before you quit the editor.
I hope this article helped you learn how to save a file in Nano and exit the editor whenever you want to.
nanogets you into the Nano editor in WSL
Osaves a Nano file
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