Pimping OS X' default nano, syntax highlighting and more

Recently I was editing a php file on a Linux server and I noticed it had some basic highlighting. The reason why I noticed is because on Mac OS X everything is always in the default terminal color without highlighting.

Turns out you can enable it for OS X as well with little effort!

Some examples, to convince you, if you haven't been already

A json file with default OS X nano:


With the updated nano:


Enough showing off, how do I get it?

Assuming you know what homebrew is and have it installed & set up correctly; it's really just a matter of running the following 2 commands, not much else to it!

brew install nano
echo "include /usr/local/share/nano/*.nanorc" > ~/.nanorc

Enjoy 🌈!