Using ubuntu 10.10 the editor in mc (midnight commander) is nano. How can i switch to the internal mc editor (mcedit)?
Press the following keys in order, one at a time:
- F9 or Alt + 9 Activates the top menu.
- o Selects the
- c Opens the configuration dialog.
- i Toggles the
use internal editoption.
- s Saves your preferences.
11Can you also add how to change the editor to any other editor?– trusktrNov 4, 2012 at 20:34
It would be better to specify a way to change this from the command line, but not by changing the OS default editor.– sorinApr 30, 2013 at 8:10
This is great, but is there a way to do the same in the command line, say, by adding/changing an environment variable? I'd like to automate this. Apr 5, 2014 at 17:34
4Looks it has changed to 't' instead of 'i' image Feb 15, 2016 at 5:43
1@trusktr to change to other editor you need to uncheck the option and set the
EDITORenvironment variable, easily with
select-editorMay 20, 2020 at 2:46
Run MC as usual.
On the command line right above the bottom row of menu selections type
This should open a menu with a list of all of your installed editors.
This is working for me on all my current linux machines.
Thank you! That was the only solution that worked for me with the mc version in the Ubuntu 14.04 repositories. Aug 9, 2015 at 11:57
5Doesn't work for me. I get a "Command not found" error from Bash.– marlarMar 17, 2016 at 8:50
1This solution is useful in Ubuntu (not tested in Debian) but in Redhat or Centos you need to do something like this blog rhel-centos-set-default-editor-to-nano– hermeslmAug 9, 2019 at 15:09
@hermeslm, Thank you ^_^ May 8, 2022 at 2:16
+1 as this works in Debian 11 as well and allows one to change the editor to eg nano after mcedit was selected, as Debian activates mcedit as an external editor so changing it becomes impossible with the menu-based solution given by Isaiah.– fvuMar 2 at 11:34
You can also change the standard editor system-wide. Open a terminal and type this command:
sudo update-alternatives --config editor
You will get a list of the installed editors on your system, and you can choose your favorite.
4OP is not asking how to change the system default editor. Dec 9, 2010 at 18:33
If you want to leave mc and system settings as it is now, you may just run it like
$ EDITOR=mcedit mc
In user's home folder (
/home/<user-name>/) there should be a file named
.selected_editor. One can edit it and change it there to a desired editor.
# Generated by /usr/bin/select-editor SELECTED_EDITOR="/path/to/mcedit"
Or remove this file to force MC to ask about default editor on first edit.
Open Midnight Commander, go to Options -> Configuration and check "use internal editor" Hit save and you are done.