How To Open Yaml File In Linux Terminal

YAML (YAML Ain’t Markup Language) is a human-readable data serialization language. It’s often used for configuration files, but its simplicity makes it a good choice for any data that can be represented as a tree structure. In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to open a YAML file in a Linux terminal.


  • Access to a Linux terminal
  • Text editor (we’ll use nano in this example)
  • YAML file

Steps to Open a YAML File

Step 1: Accessing The Terminal

To start, we need to open the terminal. This can be achieved by pressing CTRL+ALT+T on most distributions.

Step 2: Navigating to the YAML file

We need to navigate to the directory where the YAML file is located. Use the cd (Change Directory) command followed by the path to your directory.

Here is an example on how to do it:

    cd /path/to/your/directory

Step 3: Opening the YAML file

Once you’re in the correct directory, you can open the YAML file using a text editor. We’re going to use nano, but you can replace this with vim, emacs, or whatever text editor you’re most comfortable with.

    nano yourfile.yaml

After executing the above command, the YAML file should open in the nano text editor. You can now view or edit the content of your YAML file. After making any changes, you can save and exit by pressing CTRL+X, then Y to confirm the changes, and finally press ENTER to close the editor.


Opening a YAML file in a Linux terminal is straightforward if you know what you’re doing. With this guide, you should be able to open, view, and edit any YAML file from your Linux terminal. Remember, YAML files are sensitive to spaces and indentation, so be careful when making changes.