How to Edit Text Files in Termux

In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of editing text files in Termux, a popular Android terminal emulator. Termux allows users to access the command-line interface on their Android devices, providing a powerful toolset for various tasks.

Whether you want to make quick edits to a configuration file or write a new script, we’ll show you the step-by-step process to effortlessly edit text files in Termux.

Let’s get started!

Install Termux

If you haven’t installed Termux yet, head over to the Termux website and download the app. Once installed, open Termux and allow the necessary permissions.

Navigate to the File Directory

To edit a specific text file, you need to navigate to the directory where it is located. Use the ‘cd’ command followed by the path to the desired directory. For example, if your file is in the “Documents” folder, you can use the following command:

cd ~/storage/shared/Documents

View the File Contents

Before making any changes, it’s a good idea to view the contents of the text file. Use the ‘cat’ or ‘less’ command to read the file. For example:

cat filename.txt


less filename.txt

This will display the text content on your screen.

Edit the Text File

To edit the text file, you can use a variety of text editors available in Termux, such as ‘nano’ or ‘vim.’ For beginners, we recommend using ‘nano’ as it is user-friendly. To open the file in ‘nano,’ use the following command:

nano filename.txt

Now you can modify the content as needed using the on-screen keyboard.

Save and Exit

After making the necessary changes, save your modifications by pressing ‘CTRL’ + ‘O’ and then confirming with ‘Enter.’ To exit ‘nano,’ press ‘CTRL’ + ‘X.’


Editing text files in Termux is a straightforward process that empowers you to manage your files and configurations efficiently. By following the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can easily modify text files and unleash the potential of your Android device’s command-line interface.

We hope you found this guide helpful! Happy coding in Termux!

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