Change the default editor in Linux
You can change the default command-line text editor on a ubuntu server used by various programs, such as
For example, many servers are configured to use
nano as the default text editor.
However, if you like
vim more than
nano, you may want to use it as the default editor instead.
There are multiple ways to do it.
Method #1 : Use the select-editor command
select-editor command lists the available editors on a system and interactively prompts the user to select one.
$ select-editor Select an editor. To change later, run 'select-editor'. 1. /bin/nano <---- easiest 2. /usr/bin/vim.basic 3. /usr/bin/vim.tiny 4. /bin/ed Choose 1-4 :
3 and press
Enter. Now your default editor is vim.
Method #2: Set default editor in
Find the path to your preferred editor.
$ which vim /usr/bin/vim
Add this line to your
Your default editor will be set to vim. This method should work for most of the linux distributions available.