micro: a modern and intuitive terminal-based text editor (Free software)

micro is a terminal-based text editor that aims to be easy to use and intuitive, while also taking advantage of the capabilities of modern terminals. It comes as a single, batteries-included, static binary with no dependencies; you can download and use it right now!

As its name indicates, micro aims to be somewhat of a successor to the nano editor by being easy to install and use. It strives to be enjoyable as a full-time editor for people who prefer to work in a terminal, or those who regularly edit files over SSH.


  • Simple and easy to use
  • Plugin system
  • Highly customizable
  • Common keybindings (customizable)
  • Colors and syntax highlighting
  • Multiple themes
  • Terminal emulator
  • Multiple cursors
  • Sane defaults.
  • You shouldn't have to configure much out of the box (and it is extremely easy to configure).
  • Splits and tabs.
  • nano-like menu to help you remember the keybindings.
  • Extremely good mouse support.
    • This means mouse dragging to create a selection, double click to select by word, and triple click to select by line.
  • Cross-platform (it should work on all the platforms Go runs on).
    • Note that while Windows is supported Mingw/Cygwin is not (see below).
    • Plugin system (plugins are written in Lua).
      • micro has a built-in plugin manager to automatically install, remove, and update plugins.
  • Built-in diff gutter.
  • Simple autocompletion.
  • Persistent undo.
  • Automatic linting and error notifications.
    • Syntax highlighting for over 130 languages.
    • Color scheme support.
      • By default, micro comes with 16, 256, and true color themes.
    • True color support (set the MICRO_TRUECOLOR environment variable to 1 to enable it).
  • Copy and paste with the system clipboard.
  • Small and simple.
  • Easily configurable.
  • Macros.
  • Common editor features such as undo/redo, line numbers, Unicode support, soft wrapping,

Install on macOS

You can get it on macOS using Homebrew

brew install micro


macOS Windows and Linux


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