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Syntax highlighting in nano on Mac OS
# Last updated March, 2022 for Apple silicon Macs
# Install Homebrew if you don't already have it:
# install nano from homebrew
brew install nano
# update your nanorc file
echo 'include "/opt/homebrew/Cellar/nano/*/share/nano/*.nanorc"' >> ~/.nanorc
# close and re-open your terminal and you'll have syntax highlighting
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phillco commented Apr 7, 2022

or for Apple Silicon: echo 'include "/opt/homebrew/Cellar/nano//share/nano/.nanorc"' >> ~/.nanorc

Thanks! It's weird that you have to encode the wildcard for the version and you don't get a nice symlink like /usr/local/share/nano/ on Intel Macs. Hopefully there's only one version there at a time!

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eureka-cpu commented Jun 19, 2022

Brew creates symlink so you don't need set nano version number: echo 'include "/usr/local/share/nano/*.nanorc"' >> ~/.nanorc

Thanks @tagplus5, updated the gist for Apple Silicon

This worked for me, brew install nano and then this command. Thanks! (on M1 MBP)

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leaf-ts commented Jul 7, 2022

for me what worked is

echo "include /opt/homebrew/Cellar/nano/6.3/share/nano/*.nanorc" >> ~/.nanorc

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