Micro – a command line text editor in Go


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Micro is very much a work in progress

Micro is a command line text editor that aims to be easy to use and intuitive, while also taking advantage of the full capabilities
of modern terminals.

Here is a picture of micro editing its source code.


  • Easy to use
  • Common keybindings (ctrl-s, ctrl-c, ctrl-v, ctrl-z…)
  • Extremely good mouse support
  • Cross platform
  • Syntax highlighting (in over 75 languages!)
  • Colorscheme support
  • True color support (set the MICRO_TRUECOLOR env variable to 1 to enable it)
  • Search and replace
  • Undo and redo
  • Unicode support
  • Small and simple
  • Configurable

If you’d like to see what has been implemented, and what I plan on implementing soon-ish, see the todo list

Prebuilt binaries

Once you have downloaded the file, you can install the runtime files by running ./install.sh
in the directory you downloaded. This will place all the runtime files in ~/.micro.

To run the micro binary just run ./bin/micro (you may want to place the binary on your path for ease of use).

Building from source

Micro is made in Go so you must have Go installed on your system to build it, and make sure your GOPATH is set.

$ git clone https://github.com/zyedidia/micro
$ cd micro
$ make

This will build micro and put the binary in the current directory. It will also install syntax highlighting files to ~/.micro/syntax.

Alternatively you can use make install instead of make if you want the binary to be added to you GOBIN (make sure that it is set).

Once you have built the editor, simply start it by running micro path/to/file.txt or simply micro to open an empty buffer.

Micro also supports creating buffers from stdin:

$ ifconfig | micro

You can move the cursor around with the arrow keys and mouse.


  • Ctrl-q: Quit
  • Ctrl-s: Save
  • Ctrl-o: Open file
  • Ctrl-z: Undo
  • Ctrl-y: Redo
  • Ctrl-f: Find
  • Ctrl-n: Find next
  • Ctrl-p: Find previous
  • Ctrl-a: Select all
  • Ctrl-c: Copy
  • Ctrl-x: Cut
  • Ctrl-v: Paste
  • Ctrl-h: Open help
  • Ctrl-u: Half page up
  • Ctrl-d: Half page down
  • PageUp: Page up
  • PageDown: Page down
  • Ctrl-e: Execute a command

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.

At this point, there isn’t much you can configure.
Micro has a few options which you can set:

  • colorscheme
  • tabsize
  • syntax

To set an option run Ctrl-e to execute a command, and type set option value, so to set the tabsize to 8 it would be set tabsize 8.

Any option you set in the editor will be saved to the file ~/.micro/settings.json so, in effect, your configuration file will be created
for you. If you’d like to take your configuration with you to another machine, simply copy the settings.json to the other machine.

If you find any bugs, please report them! I am also happy to accept pull requests from anyone.

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