Install micro Text Editor on Raspberry Pi

Install micro Text Editor on Raspberry Pi

The micro is a text editor that allows to create and modify text files via command line. It supports syntax highlighting, line numbers, common keybindings (CTRL+C, CTRL+V, …), undo/redo, text selection with mouse and other features. The micro is packaged as a single static binary with everything included in it. Only need to download and use it. The micro is written using Go programming language.

This tutorial shows how to install micro text editor on Raspberry Pi.

Install micro

Use SSH to connect to Raspberry Pi. Get the latest version tag of micro release from GitHub. Assign version tag to variable.

MICRO_VERSION=$(curl -s "" | grep -Po '"tag_name": "v\K[0-9.]+')

Navigate to your home directory. Download the tar.gz file from releases page of the micro repository and extract it.

cd ~
curl -Lo micro.tar.gz "${MICRO_VERSION}-linux-arm.tar.gz"
tar xf micro.tar.gz

Move binary file to the /usr/local/bin directory.

sudo mv "micro-${MICRO_VERSION}/micro" /usr/local/bin

Now micro can be used for all users as system-wide command. We can check version:

micro -version

Installation is completed and we can remove unnecessary files:

rm -rf micro.tar.gz
rm -rf "micro-${MICRO_VERSION}"

Testing micro

To create a new file or edit an existing file, run micro command and provide a filename as argument:

micro test.txt

Press CTRL+S if you want to save a file. Press CTRL+Q to quit micro.

Execute the command as superuser if you don't have required permissions to edit a file.

sudo micro /etc/profile
Edit file using micro on Raspberry Pi

Uninstall micro

If you wish to remove micro, just delete related binary file:

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/bin/micro

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