This tutorial shows you how to install and open Nano Editor on Windows

Windows Nano Installation

Multiple ways we can install

  • Use Chocolatey

  • Windows + Start, Select Windows Powershell, Right Click on it, Select Run as Administrator

    Type choco, in the prompt, it gives Chocolatey version.

  PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> choco
Chocolatey v2.1.0
Please run 'choco -?' or 'choco <command> -?' for the help menu.

If the above commands give an error, please install choco with the below command in the prompt

Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope Process -Force; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol -bor 3072; iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString(''))

Once, Choco is installed, Run choco install nano -y to install the nano editor

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> choco install nano -y
Chocolatey v2.1.0
Installing the following packages:
By installing, you accept licenses for the packages.
Progress: Downloading nano-win 7.2.36... 100%

nano-win v7.2.36 [Approved]
nano-win package files install completed. Performing other installation steps.
An attempt to get headers for failed.
  The remote file either doesn't exist, is unauthorized, or is forbidden for url ''. Exception calling "GetResponse" with "0" argument(s): "The remote name could not be resolved: ''"
Downloading nano-win
  from ''
Progress: 100% - Completed download of C:\Users\Kiran\AppData\Local\Temp\chocolatey\nano-win\7.2.36\ (664.31 KB).
Download of (664.31 KB) completed.
Hashes match.
Extracting C:\Users\Kiran\AppData\Local\Temp\chocolatey\nano-win\7.2.36\ to C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\lib\nano-win\tools...
Environment Vars (like PATH) have changed. Close/reopen your shell to
 see the changes (or in powershell/cmd.exe just type `refreshenv`).
 ShimGen has successfully created a shim for nano.exe
 ShimGen has successfully created a shim for nano.exe
 The installation of nano-win was successful.
  Software installed to 'C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\lib\nano-win\tools'
Progress: Downloading nano 7.2.36... 100%

nano v7.2.36 [Approved]
Nano package files install completed. Performing other installation steps.
 The installation of nano was successful.
  Software installed to 'C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\lib\nano'

Chocolatey installed 2/2 packages.
 See the log for details (C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\logs\chocolatey.log).

nano is installed, you can create or open existing files, nano command works in the command line.

Nano Close and Open

Editor can be opened with or without opening a file

nano command used to create a file


To Open an existing file, pass the path of the file to the nano command

nano   pathfile

You can specify the absolute or relative path of a file

nano c:\test.txt

To exit the nano editor

  • Ctrl + X to exit the editor
  • Asks for whether to save changes Yes or No.
  • On selecting one i.e yes, It closes the Nano editor