How to Save and Exit a File in Nano [macOS/Linux/Ubuntu] Terminal

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If you have edited a file by opening it using Nano Editor on your Terminal and want to save and exit the file, then you should follow the below steps.

  • Step 1: Press Control + X to enter EXIT mode."

    Press Keys Control + X to Exit Nano
  • Step 2: You will see a message at the bottom of the editor "Save modified buffer?

    Save modified buffer Nano Editor

    Press Y to Save and Exit the file, or press N to exit without saving the changes.

The example is demonstrated on GNU Nano version 7.2 on macOS Sonoma, but should work on all platforms Linux/Ubuntu/Bash.

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