Moe - A console text editor

 [image of the head of a GNU] [ English | Espaņol ]


GNU moe is a console text editor for ISO-8859 and ASCII character encodings. It has a modeless, user-friendly interface, online help, multiple windows, global search/replace (on all buffers at once), block operations, automatic indentation, word wrapping, file name completion, directory browser, duplicate removal from prompt histories, delimiter matching, text conversion from/to UTF-8, romanization, etc. The file size, line length, number of buffers, and undo/redo capability are only limited by the amount of memory available and the size of the address space of your machine.

Moe respects your work. By default it won't automatically add, change, or remove a single byte in your files. Moe is a WYTIWYG (what you type is what you get) editor.

Moe can easily edit thousands of files at the same time.

Moe tries to rationalize the keyboard commands. The <Alt> key is used for harmless commands like cursor movements and scrolling. The <Control> key is used for more "dangerous" commands like copying text blocks, deleting lines, or exiting. The <Tab> key is used for file name completion and also shows/hides the directory browser when moe asks for a file name to save or load. In any case, the unlimited undo capability of moe makes it very difficult to accidentally cause irreparable damage to your files.

Moe uses the function keys so that the most frequent commands can be issued with only one finger. The function key <F1> shows the online help, and <F10> allows you to change the options. The online help and some experience with text editors is all you need to start using moe. Reading the manual is only required for more advanced uses of moe.


The manual is available in the info system of the GNU Operating System. Use info to access the top level info page. Use info moe to access the moe section directly.

An online manual for moe can be found at manual/moe_manual.html.


The latest released version of GNU moe can be found at or in the subdirectory /gnu/moe/ on your favorite GNU mirror. For other ways to obtain moe, please read How to get GNU Software. The latest released version will be the most recent version available at

To decompress moe tarballs you may need lzip from Then use "tar -xf moe[version].tar.lz" or "lzip -cd moe[version].tar.lz | tar -xf -" to extract the files.

Old versions and testing versions can be found at

How to Get Help

For general discussion of errors (bugs) in moe, the mailing list is the most appropriate forum. Please send messages as plain text. Please do not send messages encoded as HTML nor encoded as base64 nor included as multiple formats. Please include a descriptive subject line with the word "moe" in it.

An archive of the bug report mailing list is available at

How to Help

To contact the author, either to report an error (bug) or to contribute fixes or improvements, send mail to Please send messages as plain text. If posting patches they should be in unified diff format (diff -u) against the latest version. They should include a text description.

See also the moe project page at Savannah.


Moe is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Valid HTML 4.01 Strict

Return to GNU's home page.

Please send FSF & GNU inquiries & questions to There are also other ways to contact the FSF.

Please send comments on this particular web page to, send comments about web pages in general to, send other questions to

Copyright © 2023 Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin St, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA

Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article is permitted in any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

Updated: $Date: 2023/02/21 16:02:37 $ $Author: antonio $

This page does not use javascript.