A modern and intuitive terminal-based text editor
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.
Here is a picture of micro editing its source code.
To see more screenshots of micro, showcasing some of the default color schemes, see here.
You can also check out the website for Micro at https://micro-editor.github.io.
MICRO_TRUECOLORenvironment variable to 1 to enable it).
To install micro, you can download a prebuilt binary, or you can build it from source.
If you want more information about ways to install micro, see this wiki page.
micro -versionto get the version information after installing. It is only guaranteed that you are installing the most recent stable version if you install from the prebuilt binaries, Homebrew, or Snap.
A desktop entry file and man page can be found in the assets/packaging directory.
All you need to install micro is one file, the binary itself. It's as simple as that!
Download the binary from the releases page.
There is a script which can install micro for you by downloading the latest prebuilt binary. You can find it at https://getmic.ro.
You can easily install micro by running
curl https://getmic.ro | bash
The script will place the micro binary in the current directory. From there, you can move it to a directory on your path of your choosing (e.g.
sudo mv micro /usr/bin). See its GitHub repository for more information.
To uninstall micro, simply remove the binary, and the configuration directory at
You can install micro using Homebrew on Mac:
brew install micro
Note for Mac: All micro keybindings use the control or alt (option) key, not the command key. By default, macOS terminals do not forward alt key events. To fix this, please see the section on macOS terminals further below.
On Linux, you can install micro through snap
snap install micro --classic
Note for Linux: for interfacing with the local system clipboard,
xselmust be installed. Please see the section on Linux clipboard support further below.
Micro is also available through other package managers on Linux such as apt, dnf, AUR, Nix, and package managers for other operating systems. These packages are not guaranteed to be up-to-date.
apt install micro(Ubuntu 20.04
focal, and Debian
unstable | testing | buster-backports). At the moment, this package (2.0.1-1) is outdated and has a known bug where debug mode is enabled.
dnf install micro(Fedora).
pacman -S micro(Arch Linux).
eopkg install micro(Solus).
choco install micro.
scoop install micro.
pkd_add -v micro.
If your operating system does not have a binary release, but does run Go, you can build from source.
Make sure that you have Go version 1.11 or greater and Go modules are enabled.
git clone https://github.com/zyedidia/micro cd micro make build sudo mv micro /usr/local/bin # optional
The binary will be placed in the current directory and can be moved to anywhere you like (for example
make installwill install the binary to
You can install directly with
go get github.com/zyedidia/micro/cmd/micro) but this isn't recommended because it doesn't build micro with version information (necessary for the plugin manager), and doesn't disable debug mode.
By default, the micro binary will dynamically link with core system libraries (this is generally recommended for security and portability). However, there is a fully static prebuilt binary that is provided for amd64 as
linux-static.tar.gz, and to build a fully static binary from source, run
CGO_ENABLED=0 make build
If you are using macOS, you should consider using iTerm2 instead of the default terminal (Terminal.app). The iTerm2 terminal has much better mouse support as well as better handling of key events. For best keybinding behavior, choose
Preferences->Profiles->Keys->Presets..., and select
Left Option Keyin the same menu. The newest versions also support true color.
If you still insist on using the default Mac terminal, be sure to set
Use Option key as Meta keyunder
Preferences->Profiles->Keyboardto use option as alt.
On Linux, clipboard support requires:
xselcommands (for Ubuntu:
sudo apt install xclip)
If you don't have these commands, micro will use an internal clipboard for copy and paste, but it won't work with external applications.
If you open micro and it doesn't seem like syntax highlighting is working, this is probably because you are using a terminal which does not support 256 color mode. Try changing the color scheme to
simpleby pressing Ctrl-e in micro and typing
set colorscheme simple.
If you are using the default Ubuntu terminal, to enable 256 make sure your
TERMvariable is set to
Many of the Windows terminals don't support more than 16 colors, which means that micro's default color scheme won't look very good. You can either set the color scheme to
simple, or download and configure a better terminal emulator than the Windows default.
Cygwin, Mingw, and Plan9 are unfortunately not officially supported. In Cygwin and Mingw, micro will often work when run using the
winpty micro.exe ...
Micro uses the amazing tcell library, but this means that micro is restricted to the platforms tcell supports. As a result, micro does not support Plan9, and Cygwin (although this may change in the future). Micro also doesn't support NaCl (which is deprecated anyway).
Once you have built the editor, start it by running
microto open an empty buffer.
micro also supports creating buffers from
ifconfig | micro
You can move the cursor around with the arrow keys and mouse.
You can also use the mouse to manipulate the text. Simply clicking and dragging will select text. You can also double click to enable word selection, and triple click to enable line selection.
micro has a built-in help system which you can access by pressing Ctrl-e and typing
help. Additionally, you can view the help files here:
I also recommend reading the tutorial for a brief introduction to the more powerful configuration features micro offers.
If you find any bugs, please report them! I am also happy to accept pull requests from anyone.
You can use the GitHub issue tracker to report bugs, ask questions, or suggest new features.
For a more informal setting to discuss the editor, you can join the Gitter chat.
Sometimes I am unresponsive, and I apologize! If that happens, please ping me.