Recently I was editing a php file on my VPS 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.
So I Googled a bit until I came accross some lost gist with a few comments of people trying to enable it. After trying it myself and using it for a day or two I wouldn't want to live without it anymore. It's a very handy little tweak that will definitely boost your productivity as a developer.
Some examples, to convince you, if you haven't been already
A json file in OS X' default nano
A json file with the updated homebrew nano
Enough showing off, how do I get it?
Turns out it's pretty simple, since you're reading this article I assume you're a developer that knows how homebrew works and probably already has it set up correctly.
It's a pretty straightforward 2 command install. Not much too explain.
# install the latest nano brew install homebrew/dupes/nano # include styling into ~/.nanorc echo "include /usr/local/share/nano/*.nanorc" > ~/.nanorc
That's it, enjoy your fancy nano on OS X! 🍺