¿Resaltado de nano sintaxis en Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)?

How to enable syntax highlighting for nano in Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)?

According to what I found so far on Google is that it has got to do with /.nanorc file. I have no idea how to get it or make it?

When I try to find nano in my terminal this is what I get:

Notra:~ Sukhvir$ whereis nano

According to what I found on Internet this is the file I need to edit:


But how do I get to it/how to open it/if I don't have it then how to make it?

I am a bit new to programming folks, so step-by-step instructions will be highly appreciated.

Lo necesito para C principalmente.

According to what I found online, I have to paste this into the .nanorc archivo:

include "/usr/share/nano/nanorc.nanorc"
include "/usr/share/nano/c.nanorc"

However this will not work because there is no such directory as /usr/share/nano.

I also just did ls /usr/share/ and according to the results there is no nano in that directory. Is this a Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) issue or an issue on my Mac?

preguntado el 10 de marzo de 12 a las 00:03

Puede editar el ~/.nanorc escribiendo nano ~/.nanorc. Then add whatever you need to it to get highlight syntax working -- I assume that you've found the correct syntax in your Google searches for this. -

thanks for the quick reply CanSpice , but like i just mentioned in my edited post the code I found online wont work because /usr/share/nano directory doen't exist on my mac. Any modifications I have to make to that code ??? -

6 Respuestas

En Mac, Homebrew (brew) will allow you to easily upgrade nano to a newer version than the one that came with Mac OSX.

Instalar brew, then install a new version of nano from the Terminal.

brew install nano

Installing this way includes the /usr/local/share/nano folder containing the default syntax highlight files. See also the extra subdirectorio.

To enable all default syntaxes, add a wildcard include para usted ~/.nanorc.

include "/usr/local/share/nano/*.nanorc"

Respondido el 10 de diciembre de 21 a las 15:12

This oneline is bash specific! - bot47

Awesome! Also, I had to add this export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH a mi .zshrc para que funcione. - Sheharyar

Great instructions. I ran into a problem when running brew install nano. The error: Error: SHA1 mismatch. I simply removed the incomplete file (rm -rf /dir/file) that was located here: /Library/Caches/Homebrew/nano-2.2.6.tar.gz. Hizo nano -V to get the version of nano already on my machine (2.0.6), then tried brew install nano again. Once I restarted my terminal it nano had been updated to 2.2.6. Thanks! - Ken Prince

Just to note that sometime prior to September 2017 the homebrew/dupes tap has been deprecated and the formulae (including nano) moved into the main repository, so a simple brew install nano is all that is required now. - davidA

@Sheharyar that is what I had to do to get this working as well. - jamescampbell

Here are some steps to help you out.

  1. Create a new directory in /usr/local/share/ called 'nano' like this:

mkdir /usr/local/share/nano

  1. Now, using nano, make a nano resource file for your C syntax like this:

nano /usr/local/share/nano/c.nanorc`

  1. Now put your C code highlighting in this file and save it. Here is a link to some possible C syntax highlighting:


  1. Save that file and now open your user’s nano resource file by typing:

nano ~/.nanorc

  1. In this file, add a reference to the c.nanorc file you just made like this:

include "/usr/local/share/nano/c.nanorc"

  1. Save your user resource file.

Now, when you open up C files, you should see syntax highlighting. You can add additional syntax highlighting for different types of files using the same method. Just add more lines to your ~/.nanorc archivo.

Note that depending on your user permissions, you may have to precede some of the above commands with sudo and then enter your root password.

respondido 14 nov., 14:16

I had to upgrade nano from 2.0.6 to 2.2.6-- see the answer below - Pedro Ehrlich

I'm maintaining a bunch of fairly accurate syntax definitions for nano here: https://github.com/craigbarnes/nanorc. The default "example" definitions that come with nano are poor quality, as are those mentioned above.

Respondido el 05 de junio de 12 a las 22:06

+1 for very nice collection of definitions. Can you comment on how your collection compares with the one aquí? - Kevin A. Naudé

@CraigBarnes states "I am no longer maintaining this repo" There is an alternate repo of nanorc in esta respuesta y Scopatz repo of nanorc are good IMO; I use them on Mac. - Marcos Mikofski

2018 actualización

  1. Instalar Homebrew so you can download latest version of nano
  2. brew install nano
  3. nano ~/.nanorc
  4. Add file path to homebrew nano's syntax highlighting
    • (updated with new langs such as JS)
    • include "/usr/local/Cellar/nano/*/share/nano/*.nanorc"

1 * allows us to include whichever version of nano you have, instead of 2.9.3 (for example). Second * includes all .nanorc files so we have syntax highlighting for all languages that are included!


cd ~/Desktop
touch test.py
touch test.js
nano test.py
nano test.js

Further .nanorc Customization

I added "set mouse" and "set smooth" to my .nanorc file as well. This allows for mouse use and smooth scrolling. Find more info on these options by running nano --help.

Updated Syntax Highlighting

https://github.com/scopatz/nanorc has "improved" syntax highlighting, if desired.

Respondido 12 Feb 18, 18:02

Easy flow:

brew update && brew install nano

After new nano is installed add this line to ~/.nanorc to enable syntax highlighting for all provided syntaxes:

include /usr/local/share/nano/*.nanorc

Respondido el 20 de junio de 20 a las 10:06

Como se menciona por Marcos Mikofski in the comment to another answer, this is the maintained repo for nanorc archivos:


contestado el 23 de mayo de 17 a las 13:05

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