How to Save File Using Nano Editor

Nano is a free and open-source popular command line text editor. It comes with syntax coloring, auto-indentation, word completion, file locking, line numbers, and many more. For first-time users, saving a file in keyboard based Nano is a little confusing task. So, in this tutorial, we will see how to save a file in the nano editor in a Linux system.

Save and Exit a File using Nano

You can open any file in Nano using below command.

nano your-file-name

Just replace “your-file-name” with a real file name and path.


nano .bashrc


nano ~/.bashrc

After the editing, use the following instructions to save the file and exit nano text editor.

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Now press Ctrl + X on your keyboard. This will attempt to exit nano.

Nano Editor save file

Now enter Y and hit the enter key

Now you will be asked to give a name to the file. Simply hit the Enter key on your keyboard. If you want to rename the file, then fill out a new file name and enter.

Nano Editor file name

That’s all.

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