How to set your default editor in Linux

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  1. Edit the .bash_profile file in your home directory
    vi ~/.bash_profile
  2. Add the following lines to your .bash_profile file
    export VISUAL=vim
    export EDITOR="$VISUAL"

    Note: Replace vim with any other preferred editor such as nano

  3. Logout and login again for changes to take effect.
  4. If you want the changes to come into play immediately, execute the following command
    . ~/.bash_profile

Last Updated On April 07, 2018

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