Nano supports syntax highlighting. it is off by default but can easily be turned on. I think that you actually have to find the config file to make it handle PHP though but that can be found pretty easily on the web


From: "Simon Griffiths" <>
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2009 7:27 AM
To: <>
Subject: OT console based editor that can do php syntax highlighting

Hello Everyone,

I'm guessing this is off-topic so thank you in advance if you can offer any

I currently SSH into a couple of freebsd machine I have dotted about which
run some console and web based php code.  This is all fine and dandy but
when it comes to remote support I struggle reading plain code when the file gets over a certain size and find a little syntax highlighting helps a lot.

So can anyone recommend an editor that can do this ?  I did try vim some
time ago but being a novice in these areas I couldn't get the syntax file to
load and help on the web confusing or indecipherable.



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