Windows gvim

Windows gvim DEFAULT

vim / vim-win32-installer Public

Nightly Vim Windows build snapshots (more information).

If you do not know what to use, use the 32bit installer (use the signed one, if available).

Signed releases will occasionally be provided on a best effort approach.


  • 8.2.3516: terminal window does not have transparent background
  • 8.2.3515: nano time test fails on Mac and FreeBSD
  • 8.2.3514: autoread test with nano second time sometimes fails
  • 8.2.3513: using freed memory when using a timer and searching
  • 8.2.3512: timestamp test fails on some systems
  • 8.2.3511: Vim9: entry for loop variable is created every round


Unsigned Files:

See the README for detail.


Downloading Vim

Vim is available for many different systems and there are several versions. This page will help you decide what to download.

Most popular:

Mac:See the MacVim project for a GUI version and Homebrew for a terminal version

Details and options for:

MirrorsAlternative sites to download Vim files from.
SourcesBuild Vim yourself and/or make changes.
GitHubObtain Vim sources with a git client (recommended).
MercurialObtain Vim sources with a Mercurial client (recommended if you don't like git).
PatchesInclude the latest improvements (requires sources and rebuilding).
RuntimeGet the latest syntax files, documentation, etc..
Script linksLinks to individual syntax, indent, color, compiler and ftplugin scripts.
TranslationsNon-English documentation packages.

Versions before 7.3 can also be obtained with Subversion and CVS.

Vim 8.2 is the latest stable version. It is highly recommended, many bugs have been fixed since previous versions. If you have a problem with it (e.g., when it's too big for your system), you could try version 6.4 or 5.8 instead.

To avoid having to update this page for every new version, there are links to the directories. From there select the files you want to download. In the file names ## stands for the version number. For example, with version 8.2 is and vim-##-src.tar.gz for version 8.2 is vim-8.2-src.tar.gz. Links are provided for quick access to the latest version.
Note that the links point to the latest version (currently 8.2) to avoid that caching causes you to get an older version.

The best way to install Vim on Unix is to use the sources. This requires a compiler and its support files. Compiling Vim isn't difficult at all. You can simply type "make install" when you are happy with the default features. Edit the Makefile in the "src" directory to select specific features.

You need to download at the sources and the runtime files. And apply all the latest patches. For Vim 6 up to 7.2 you can optionally get the "lang" archive, which adds translated messages and menus. For 7.3 and later this is included with the runtime files.

Using git
This is the simplest and most efficient way to obtain the latest version, including all patches. This requires the "git" command.
The explanations are on the GitHub page.


git clone cd vim/src make
Using Mercurial
This is another simple and most efficient way to obtain the latest version, including all patches. This requires the "hg" command.
The explanations are on this page: Mercurial


hg clone cd vim/src make
version 7.x and 8.x
There is one big file to download that contains almost everything. It is found in the unix directory (ftp):
The files ending in ".tar.gz" are tar archives that are compressed with gzip. Unpack them with tar -xzf filename.
The single big file ending in ".tar.bz2" is a tar archive compressed with bzip2. Uncompress and unpack it with bunzip2 -c filename | tar -xf -.
All archives should be unpacked in the same directory.

If you can't compile yourself or don't want to, look at the site of the supplier of your Unix version for a packaged Vim executable. For Linux distributions and FreeBSD these are often available shortly after a new Vim version has been released. But you can't change the features then.


For modern MS-Windows systems (starting with XP) you can simply use the executable installer:
    gvim82.exe (ftp)
It includes GUI and console versions, for 32 bit and 64 bit systems. You can select what you want to install and includes an uninstaller.

If you want a signed version you can get a build from
It supports many interfaces, such as Perl, Tcl, Lua, Python and Ruby. There are also 64bit versions which only run on 64 bit MS-Windows and use a lot more memory, but is compatible with 64 bit plugins.
You can also get a nightly build from there with the most recent improvements, with a small risk that something is broken.

Since there are so many different versions of MS operating systems, there are several versions of Vim for them.
For Vim 5.x, Vim 6.x and Vim 7 look in the pc directory (ftp).

Self-installing executable   gvim##.exe    gvim82.exe (ftp)
For Vim 6 and later. This includes a GUI version of Vim - with many features and OLE support - and all the runtime files. It works well on MS-Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7. Use this if you have enough disk space and memory. It's the simplest way to start using Vim on the PC. The installer allows you to skip the parts you don't want.
For Vim 6.3 and later it also includes a console version, both for MS-Windows 95/98/ME and MS-Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7. The installer automatically selects the right one.
Runtime files (ftp)
For all the following binary versions you need this runtime archive, which includes the documentation, syntax files, etc. Always get this, unless you use the self-installing executable.

There are three versions that run as an MS-Windows application. These provide menus, scrollbars and a toolbar.

GUI executable (ftp)
This is the "normal" GUI version.
OLE GUI executable (ftp)
A GUI version with OLE support. This offers a few extra features, such as integration with Visual Developer Studio. But it uses quite a bit more memory.
There are three versions that run on MS-DOS or in a console window in MS-Windows:
Win32 console executable (ftp)
The Win32 console version works well on MS-Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7. It supports long file names and is compiled with "big" features. It does not run perfectly well on MS-Windows 95/98/ME, especially when resizing the console window (this may crash MS-Windows...).
32 bit DOS executable (ftp)
The 32 bit DOS version works well on MS-Windows 95/98/ME. It requires a DPMI manager, which needs to be installed on MS-DOS. MS-Windows already has one. It supports long file names, but NOT on MS-Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7. It is compiled with "big" features.
Not available for 7.4 and later.
16 bit DOS executable (ftp)
The 16 bit DOS version is the only one that runs on old MS-DOS systems. Only use this if you are really desparate, because it excludes many useful features (such as syntax highlighting and long file names) and quickly runs out of memory.
The last version available is 7.1. Version 7.2 and later are too big to fit in the DOS memory model.
There are a few extra files:
iconv library   libiconv
A library used for converting character sets. Put "iconv.dll" in the same directory as gvim.exe to be able to edit files in many encodings. You can find the dll file in the bin directory of the "libiconv-win32" archive.
newer intl library   libintl
The included libintl.dll does not support encoding conversion. If you have installed the iconv library, as mentioned above, you can install a gettext library that uses it. Get "intl.dll" from the bin directory in the gettext-win32 archive and store it as "libintl.dll" in the same directory as gvim.exe, overwriting the file that may already be there.
PC sources (ftp)
The source files, packed for the PC. This only includes the files needed on the PC, not for other systems. The files are in dos format CR-LF.
PC debug files   gvim##.pdb    gvim82.pdb (ftp)   gvim##ole.pdb    gvim82ole.pdb (ftp)   vim##w32.pdb    vim80w32.pdb (ftp)
When you notice a bug or a crash in Vim these files can be used to help tracing down the problem. In Vim 7 do ":help debug-win32" to see how.
PC translations (ftp)
Only for 7.2 and earlier, for 7.3 and later these are included in the "rt" archive. Translated messages and menu files, packed for the PC. Use this to see non-English menus. The messages are only translated when the libintl.dll library is installed.
Windows 3.1 GUI executable and
These are GUI versions for 16 bit windows (Windows 3.1). The "w16" has many features, "m16" has few features (for when you're short on memory).
The files ending in ".zip" can be unpacked with any unzip program. Make sure you unpack them all in the same directory!

Alternate distributions

Yongwei's build
You may also try Yongwei's build, executables with slightly different interfaces supported.
For an unofficial version that used to include all the latest patches and optionally a bit more: Cream. The "one-click installer" mentioned includes the Cream changes. For the "real Vim" use the "without Cream" version listed further down.
Unfortunately, it stopped updating since Vim 8.0.
For a Cygwin binary look at others.


Quite a long time ago, Vim development started on the Amiga. Although it's a really old system now, it might still work. However, this has not been tested recently. You may have to use an older version for which Amiga binaries are available.

For Vim 5.x and Vim 6 look in the amiga directory (ftp).
Vim 7 files can be found at This is for AmigaOS 4. Made by Peter Bengtsson.

Runtime files   vim##rt.tgz    vim64rt.tgz (ftp)
Documentation, syntax files, etc. You always need this.
Executable   vim##bin.tgz    vim64bin.tgz (ftp)
The executables for Vim and Xxd. For Vim 6 it includes "big" features, for Vim 5.x it includes the normal features. For Vim 6.2 it is not available (my Amiga had harddisk problems then, this miraculously healed later).
Big executable   vim##big.tgz
Vim with "big" features and Xxd. Only for Vim 5.x.
Sources   vim##src.tgz    vim64src.tgz (ftp)
The source files for the Amiga. Only needed when you want to compile Vim yourself.
The files are all tar archives, compressed with gzip. To unpack, first uncompress them with gzip -d filename. Then unpack with tar xf filename. You need to unpack the archives in the same directory.


The OS/2 version runs in a console window.

For Vim 5.x and Vim 6 look in the os2 directory (ftp). Version 6.2 is not available. Versions 6.3 and 6.4 were compiled by David Sanders.
Version 7.0 was compiled by David Sanders.

Runtime files (ftp)
Documentation, syntax files, etc. You always need this.
Executables (ftp)
Vim, Xxd, Tee and EMX libraries.
The files ending in ".zip" can be unpacked with any unzip program. Make sure you both zip archives in the same directory!

If you want to compile the OS/2 version, you need the EMX compiler. Use the Unix source archive, runtime files and the extra archive. After unpacking the runtime archive, move all the files and directories in the "runtime" directory one level up.


The terminal version of Vim is included as "vi", you already have it. It's lagging behind a bit though and has limited features, thus you may want to additionally install a recent version or one with more features.


There most popular version is MacVim. This is being actively developed. This behaves like a Mac application, using a GUI.

MacVim has more a Mac look and feel, is developed actively and most people prefer this version. Most of MacVim was made by Björn Winckler.

MacVim can be downloaded here:

New versions are made quite often. Subscribe to the vim-mac maillist to be informed about bugs and updates.


This is a terminal version installed with the "brew" command. It is updated frequently. It can be downloaded here:


Older binaries for Mac OS/X can be found on this SourceForge project. Maintained by Nicholas Stallard.

Here is a multi-byte version of Vim 5.7 (for Japanese, possibly also for Korean and Chinese; not for Unicode):


Most of the work for the Macintosh port (Classic and Carbon) was done by Dany St-Amant.

If you have OSX and a setup for compiling programs, you can use the source code and compile yourself. See the Unix section above. The development tools can be downloaded from Apple's developer web site.

Turn to the vim-mac maillist to meet other Vim-Mac users.


This is a list of links to sites where various versions of Vim can be obtained. These are supported by individuals, use at your own risk.
Android Search for "Vim Touch" by Momodalo in the Play Store.
i/OS Run Vim on your iPhone or Ipad.
QNX (ftp) Provided by Yakov Zaytsev. Requires QNX 6.3.0/6.3.2 with service pack 2.
Cygwin (with GTK GUI)
Open VMS


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Vim is a powerful code editor. So powerful that both Linux and Mac have it installed by default.

But if you are using Windows as your operating system, you will need to install Vim separately.

Fortunately, Microsoft makes it very easy to install Vim and get it running on your PC.

How to Download Vim

You can download the latest version of the Vim Text Editor straight from Vim themselves.

They have built a special self-executing installer that walks you through the process of installing Vim in the right location on your hard drive.

How to Install Vim

Note that for Windows you will technically download something called gVim, which is a version of Vim that includes a basic graphic user interface (GUI). You can install it by downloading this executable installer.

Once you've downloaded the file, you just need to run it, and you'll see a nice installation wizard that looks like this:

They have a recommended "typical" installation. but if you have a reasonably large hard drive, there's no harm in going ahead with installing everything by choosing the "full" option:

How to Run Vim in PowerShell

Then, once you've installed Vim, you should be able to launch it from your Windows command prompt.

Note that as of 2020, PowerShell has all of the same functionality as CMD, plus a whole lot more. I recommend using PowerShell for everything.

You can open PowerShell from the Windows menu bar by typing "powershell" in the search field on the start bar.

Windows will open PowerShell, and you'll get a command prompt that looks something like this:

Once you're in PowerShell, here's how to run Vim itself. All you have to do is type "vim" and press enter. This will open up Vim. Once Vim is open, this is what you should see:

Congratulations – you now have Vim installed.

If you are already using VS Code, and want a lot of the speed of Vim without losing the functionality of VS Code, I have good news. It is possible to run a Vim-like experience right within VS Code.

Here is a Vim plugin for VS Code that will help you do this. At the time of me writing this, this plugin has been installed nearly 2 million times.

How to Learn How to Use Vim Properly

Vim is a powerful code editor, and it will take you a lot of practice to get comfortable with it.

Here are a few Vim tutorials that will really help you quickly grasp the basics and get your fingers flying in no time.

For starters, one way Vim is different from other code editors is that Vim has "modes". Here are all of Vim's modes explained, with examples.

Vim can be intimidating. There is so much to learn. But this guide will show you how not to be afraid of Vim anymore.

If you're already using VS Code and want to switch completely to Vim, this article will explain how you can do so.

And here are 7 Vim Tips That Changed #100DaysOfCode founder Alex Kallaway's life. In this article, he not only explain these, but shows demos of these tips in action.

Vim: Learn it, live it, love it.

In the 30 years since Bram Moolenaar first created Vim, its influence has spread far and wide. And even today, the Vim project is actively maintained and constantly improving.

I've met so many developers over the years who swear by Vim.

I hope this guide has helped you get running Vim on your Windows PC. And I hope these other tutorials I've shared with you here will help you go from zero-to-sixty within the coming months.

The key is to keep practicing and not get discouraged by how many Vim shortcuts there are to remember. Eventually, all of these will become muscle memory, and you'll be flying from one file to another, banging out code like a terminator.

There is now feeling quite as cool as being able to drop into a codebase and immediately start making changes without every even reaching for a mouse or trackpad. That is the power that Vim promises, and delivers in spades.

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Installing \u0026 Configuring Vim on Windows


"" Gopi's _gvimrc file" This file has been modified to make it work on both Windows and Linux" Github gist location : git://" If you find any issues or add any enhancements, please submit revised version as gist"----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------" 1. OS specific if ($OS == 'Windows_NT') " Windows specific settings " 1.1 Restore cursor to file position in previous editing session set viminfo='10,\"100,:20,%,n$VIM/_viminfo " 1.2 executing OS command within Vim set shell=c:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe " shell command flag set shellcmdflag=/c else " Unix specific settings " 1.1 : pick it from $HOME/.viminfo set viminfo='10,\"100,:20,%,n~/.viminfo " 1.2 executing OS command within Vim set shell=/bin/csh endif"----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------" 2. File compatibility and configuration issues " Do not keep a backup or .swp file. I don't like to have junk files, my source is anyway in cvs/svn/p4/git. set nobackup set nowritebackup set noswapfile set nocompatible " Use Vim defaults (much better!), Vi is for 70's programmers! set viminfo='20,\"50 " read/write a .viminfo file, don't store more than 50 lines of registers - set ts=4 " tabstop - how many columns should the cursor move for one tab set sw=4 " shiftwidth - how many columns should the text be indented set expandtab " always expands tab to spaces. It is good when peers use different editor. set wrap " wraps longs lines to screen size"----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------" 3. Color, Look&Feel Configuration " Use courier-new font set guifont=Consolas:h10 " set guifont=Courier_New:h11 " set guifont=Terminal:h6 " set guifont=Courier:h10 " set colorscheme to midnight. Use the command :colorscheme <schemeName> for setting other color schemes " colorscheme darkbone colorscheme darkblue " Use different color schemes for different set of files. au BufEnter *.* colorscheme zellner au BufEnter *.log colorscheme desert au BufEnter *.build colorscheme darkbone "au BufEnter *.txt colorscheme darkbone " Customize Status line color of current window & non-current windows highlight StatusLineNC guifg=SlateBlue guibg=Yellow highlight StatusLine guifg=Gray guibg=White set vb t_vb= " stop beeping or flashing the screen"----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------" 4. Display specific (screen resolution dependent settings. Adjust these if your screen resolution will be too less or you have bigger monitor) win 260 92 " The window height set laststatus=2 " Show the status line even if only one file is being edited set ruler " Show ruler set go-=T " Following line removes the toolbar, As I usually dont need it. Gives me extra lines for editor. If you have big monitor and you think you need toolbar, comment this line. " Make command line two lines high set ch=2"----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------" 5. Working with split windows and tabs " 5.1 Working with tabs "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ if version >= 700 " always enable Vim tabs set showtabline=2 " set tab features just like browser " open tab, close tab, next tab, previous tab (just like Chrome and Firefox keyboard shortcuts) map <C-t> <Esc>:tabnew<CR> map <C-F4> <Esc>:tabclose<CR> map <C-Tab> <Esc>:tabnext<CR> map <C-S-Tab> <Esc>:tabprev<CR> endif " 5.2 Working with windows "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ " Switch between splits very fast (for multi-file editing) by maximizing target split - map <C-J> <C-W>j<C-W>_ map <C-K> <C-W>k<C-W>_ map <C-H> <C-W>h<C-W>| map <C-L> <C-W>l<C-W>| map <C-=> <C-W>="----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------" 6. General file editing " 6.1 Common Settings to enable better editing "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ set bs=2 " allow backspacing over everything in insert mode set ai " always set autoindenting on set showmatch " show matching brackets syntax on " Switch on syntax highlighting. set hidden " This option allows you to switch between multiple buffers without saving a changed buffer set hlsearch " Switch on search pattern highlighting. set mousehide " Hide the mouse pointer while typing. " Easy pasting to windows apps - " yank always copies to unnamed register, so it is available in windows clipboard for other applications. set clipboard=unnamed "Set the history size to maximum. by default it is 20 - set history=80 "Plugins config - :filetype plugin on " Always change the directory to working directory of file in current buffer - autocmd BufEnter * call CHANGE_CURR_DIR() " See Help documentation by entering command :help 'sessionoptions' set sessionoptions+=resize set sessionoptions+=winpos set sessionoptions+=folds set sessionoptions+=tabpages set hlsearch " highlights the previously searched string set incsearch " higlight search string as search pattern is entered :hi Search ctermfg=red ctermbg=gray set suffixes+=.class,.exe,.obj,.dat,.dll " Show these file types at the end while using :edit command " Configuration for explorer.vim to open the new file by doing vertical split and opening it in right window. " For more info use command :help file-explorer let g:explVertical=1 " Split vertically let g:explSplitRight=1 " Put new window right of the explorer window let c_comment_strings=1 " I like highlighting strings inside C comments " Buffer Explorer - let g:miniBufExplMapWindowNavVim = 1 let g:miniBufExplMapWindowNavArrows = 1 let g:miniBufExplMapCTabSwitchBuffs = 1 " 6.2 Common shortcuts "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ " Don't use Ex mode, use Q for formatting map Q gq " save the current file map <F2> :w!<CR> map <C-S> :w<CR> " go to next file in the open file list. map <F3> :n<CR> " go to previous file in the open file list. map <S-F3> :previous<CR> " Show the list of all functions in current file - nmap <F4> :call ShowFunc()<CR> " Reload the current file map <F5> :e!<CR> map <M-r> :e!<CR> " split the current file (horizontal split) map <F6> :split<CR> " Shift F6 will do vertical split map <S-F6> : vsplit<CR> " to execute Ant build tool. map <F7> :!ant<CR> " Quit without saving map <C-Q> :q!<CR> " Quit after saving map <C-X> :x<CR> " Comment-ify the visually selected block using C style comments vmap \/* omxomy<ESC>`xO/*<ESC>`yo*/<ESC> "Copy current filename with path to clipboard map <F8> :let @* = expand('%:p')<cr> map! <F8> <Esc>:let @* = expand('%:p')<cr> " WOK: CTRL-SPACE: keyword completion, Just like Eclipse :) map <C-space> <C-n> map! <C-space> <C-n> map <C-S-space> <C-p> map! <C-S-space> <C-p> " Folding shortcuts map - v%zf map = v%zd " 6.3 Setup for quick jump to sections of file "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ " Tag settings - " Vim will search for the file named 'tags', starting with the current directory and then going to the parent directory and then " recursively to the directory one level above, till it either locates the 'tags' file or reaches the root '/' directory. set tags=tags;/ set tagstack " For "gf" to open a file where complete path is available in current file. (useful in C/C++ programming to open *.h files). " "**" matches a subtree, up to 100 directories deep. Example: ":set path=/home/user_x/src/** " means search in the whole subtree under "/home/usr_x/src". :set path=.,./** " To jump between the '=' and ';' in an assignment using <S-%>. Useful for languages like C/C++ and Java. :au FileType c,cpp,java set mps+==:; " Including '<' and '>' (HTML): > :set mps+=<:> " Bookmark feature in Vim - " To save all book marks in 100 files.It will save local marks (a-z) by default. The '100 tells Vim to save marks and other information for up to 100 files. The f1 directive tells Vim to also save global marks (A-Z) when it exits. If you don't want Vim to do this, set it to f0 instead. " :marks give all marks " ma - book mark "a" " `a - go to bookmark "a" set viminfo='100,f1"----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------" 7. Programming language specific " 7.1 Generic Programming Language setup "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ augroup prog au! " When starting to edit a file: " For *.c, *.cpp, *.java and *.h files set formatting of comments and set C-indenting on. " For other files switch it off. " Don't change the order, it's important that the line with * comes first. autocmd BufNewFile,BufRead,BufReadPost * set formatoptions=tcql nocindent comments& autocmd BufNewFile,BufRead,BufReadPost *.c,*.h,*.cpp,*.java set formatoptions=croql cindent comments=sr:/*,mb:*,el:*/,:// autocmd BufNewFile,BufRead *.fun,*.pks,*.pkb,*.sql,*.pls,*.plsql setf plsql augroup END" 7.2 Java shortcuts "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ augroup jprog au! abbr Sysl/ System.out.println( abbr Sys/ System.out.print( abbr Syse/ System.exit(1); abbr mark/ //TODO: Shambu abbr todo/ //TODO: Gopi<NL><BS> abbr op out.println(" abbr main/ public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {<NL><BS> abbr dbg/ Debug\.println(2,"");<NL><BS> abbr trace/ catch (Exception e) {<NL><Tab>e.printStackTrace();<NL><BS><BS><BS><BS>}<NL><BS> abbr impx/ import org.xml.sax.*;<NL>import org.xml.sax.helpers.*;<NL><BS> abbr msgbox/ MessageBox.Show("text", "caption", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Error); " When starting to .java a file, set formatting of comments and set C-indenting on. " For other files switch it off. " Don't change the order, it's important that the line with * comes first. autocmd BufRead * set formatoptions=tcql nocindent comments& autocmd BufRead *.java, set formatoptions=croql cindent comments=sr:/*,mb:*,el:*/,:// augroup END" 7.3 C/C++ shortcuts "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ " Note : to work on C/C++ Windows, download windows version of cscope from " (logging macros) augroup cprog au! abbr log0/ LOG_ENTER(L""); abbr log1/ LOG_EXIT(L""); abbr logi/ LOG_INFO(L""); "cs add s:\btbuild\scripts\cscope.out let g:buildFile = '' let g:antOption = '-verbose' augroup END" 7.4 HTML shortcuts "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ augroup html " bold vmap \b y:s/\<<c-r>"\>/<b>&<\/b>/g<CR> " bold - global vmap \B y:%s/\<<c-r>"\>/<b>&<\/b>/g<CR> " italics vmap \i y:s/\<<c-r>"\>/<i>&<\/i>/g<CR> " italics - global vmap \I y:%s/\<<c-r>"\>/<i>&<\/i>/g<CR> " fixed width font vmap \tt y:s/\<<c-r>"\>/<tt>&<\/tt>/g<CR> " fixed width font - global vmap \TT y:%s/\<<c-r>"\>/<tt>&<\/tt>/g<CR> augroup END"----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------" 8 Custom inline scripts " 8.1 Show the list of all functions in current file - "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ function! ShowFunc() let gf_s = &grepformat let gp_s = &grepprg let &grepformat = '%*\k%*\sfunction%*\s%l%*\s%f %*\s%m' let &grepprg = 'ctags -x --c++-types=f --sort=no -o -' " for java. TODO: update it to handle all .java, .c, .cpp "let &grepprg = 'ctags -x --java-types=cfimp --sort=no -o -' write silent! grep % cwindow "let &grepformat = gf_s let &grepprg = gp_s endfunc "8.2 Always change the directory to working directory of file in current buffer - "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ function! CHANGE_CURR_DIR() let _dir = expand("%:p:h") exec "cd " . _dir unlet _dir endfunction"----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------" 9 Custom Vim Setup to create new files/download other files. " 9.1 Default copyright header "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ " Whenever I create a new class in Java /C# , I want copyright header :). Disable this if you don't want. au BufNewFile *.cs 0r $VIM/Header.cs au BufNewFile *.java 0r $VIM/ " 9.2 Vim scripts - Install and uncomment below lines. By default these scripts are not part of Vim distribution. "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ " 9.2.1 Tags menu for various programming language source files " "source $VIM/xtra-vim-scripts/FuncMenu.vim " 9.3 FTP Plugins "source $VIM/xtra-vim-scripts/intellisense.vim "source $VIM/xtra-vim-scripts/ftplugin/cs_vis.vim "source $VIM/xtra-vim-scripts/ftplugin/java_vis.vim "source $VIM/xtra-vim-scripts/ftplugin/html_vis.vim " 9.4 Jad Plugin - When .class file is opened with Vim, decompile it using jad.exe and show the source code. " Downlaod jad from and make sure jad " executable is in your system path. "source $VIM/xtra-vim-scripts\jad.vim

Gvim windows

Vim 8.2 is available!

Vim 8.2 is a minor release, a lot of bugs have been fixed, documentation was updated, test coverage was improved, etc. There are a few interesting new features, see below.

For MS-Windows, download the self installing executable.
Signed MS-Windows files are available on the vim-win32-installer site (gvim_8.2.0012_x86_signed.exe is recommended)
For Unix you probably want to get the latest version using git, see the github page
Otherwise see the Download page for options.

Before I did the keynote at VimConf 2018 I asked plugin developers what they wanted from Vim. The result was a very long list of requested features. The top two items were clear: Popup windows and text properties.

After more than a year of development the new features are now ready for the Vim crowds. Popup windows make it possible to show messages, function prototypes, code snippets and anything else on top of the text being edited. They open and close quickly and can be highlighted in many ways. More about that below.

This was no small effort. Although the existing window support could be used, popup windows are different enough to require a lot of extra logic. Especially to update the screen efficiently. Also to make it easy for plugin writers to use them; you don't need to tell Vim exactly where to show one, just give a reference point and the text to display, Vim will figure out the size and where the popup fits best.

Text properties can be used for something as simple as highlighting a text snippet or something as complicated as using an external parser to locate syntax items and highlight them asynchronously. This can be used instead of the pattern based syntax highlighting. A text property sticks with the text, also when inserting a word before it. And this is done efficiently by storing the properties with the text.

The new change listener support can be used to keep the highlighting up-to-date and support other LSP features. An example of what can be done with this is the "govim" plugin. It connects to a server (written in Go) and uses "gopls", the Language Server Protocol (LSP) server for Go. You can find a list of features with links to demo videos on github. A couple of screenshots are below.

To show what is possible with popup windows (and because I sometimes get bored fixing bugs), I created a silly game. This uses popup windows that move across the display, text properties to highlight the animals and even sound to make it more fun! Thanks for my colleagues Greg, Martijn and Shannon for making the silly sounds. You can find it on github. A screenshot is further below.
  • A ":const" command for declaring a variable that cannot change: const TIMER_DELAY = 400
  • A Dictionary with literal keys to avoid all those quotes: let options = #{width: 30, height: 24}
  • A heredoc-style assignment to easily assign a list of lines to a variable without quoting or line continuation: let lines =<< trim END line one line two END
  • Function chaining for method calls: mylist->filter(filterexpr)->map(mapexpr)->sort()->join()
  • The xdiff library has been included for a much improved diff view.
  • When 'incsearch' is set it also applies to ":substitute".
  • "modifyOtherKeys" was added to allow mapping more key combinations.
  • ConPTY support was added for Windows 10, can show full color in the console.
  • The MS-Windows installer supports translations, silent install and looks much better.
A big thanks to all the developers who helped implementing and testing this! The main new feature of Vim 8.2 is support for popup windows. These can be used to display text on top of other windows and are very flexible: they can be positioned relative to text, at an absolute position or just in the middle of the screen. The size can be fixed or can adjust to fit the text. A "zindex" value specifies what popup window goes on top of others.

The popup window can react to user input. This works with a filter callback. The filter can handle a few keys and pass on the rest, or it can consume all the keys, thus grabbing focus. This allows for very flexible use of the popups.

Popup windows can be used for many purposes, here are a few examples:

  • When a background build finishes a message popup can show "Build finished successfully" on top of the screen, without interfering with what the user is working on.
  • When using Insert mode completion extra info for a completion item can be displayed in an info popup.
  • A list of choices can be displayed, where the user selects an entry with keys or with the mouse.
  • While typing a function call, a popup can show the documentation and the list of arguments, just next to where the user is typing. The new text properties feature can be used to highlight types.
Plugins are the main audience for the popup window feature, there are many options to change the positioning, size and highlighting.

Govim plugin showing code completion in a popup window:

Govim plugin showing function information on hover:

Killersheep game shows popup windows, text properties and sound:

Vim Tutorial

How can I get gVim on Windows to behave as on Linux?

When I have to work on Windows (which is more often than I would like), I use Cygwin to get a terminal a little less crappy than the original Windows command line. Cygwin provides an environment which tries to be close to a Bash console with standard Linux commands, and of course it is far from being flawless.

See the project page of Cygwin. During the installation you'll end on a window allowing you to choose which packages you want to install. The search bar allows to look for packages to install, among other useful stuff (like , , , , etc.) you can type and select packages like , , , . This will install a Vim editor pretty close to what you're used to on Linux.

Once everything is installed (which can sometimes be a little long) you'll be able to start Cygwin which will show a terminal, and you'll be able to start Vim as usual and use your Linux and your usual plugin manager. The main drawback is the compatibility of colors which often needs to be tweaked and still look crappy.

Note that I use Cygwin out of habit, but other solutions (like cmder for example) exist. None of them are flawless, so you might want to try several and find your favorite.

Also note that mintty is a good way to make Cygwin a little less crappy.


Now discussing:

Download and Install For Windows

is a popular text editor used to edit text, create applications and change configuration. vim is a Linux based tool where it is also cloned into other platforms like Windows, MacOS, BSD, etc. vim is a console, command-line based tool which is used with some keyboard shortcuts. Gvim is the graphical version of the vim which supports all vim features and adds extra GUI for vim usage. In this tutorial, we will learn how to download and install Gvim for different platforms like Windows, Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, CentOS, Fedora, RedHat.

Gvim supports Windows platform with Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows Server operating systems. We can use the following link in order to download Gvim for Windows.

In the following screen, we can see that the current version of the vim and Gvim is 8.2. There is two Gvim versions which are and which do not requires installation.

Download GVim

We can also download from the following link directly. The size of the Gvim instaler named is about 8.8 MB which will be downloaded very fast in most of the cases.

If we are using modern windows operating systems like Windows 8 or Windows 10 we will see a screen like below which will simply say that the applications are not signed by a truster publisher and whether we want to continue. We will simply click to .

Run Gvim Installer

We need some administrative rights which will be provided with the following screen by clicking .

Admin for GVim

We will select the installation language which is by default which is ok for us.

GVim Select Installation Language

In the following screen, we will simply click .

GVim Installation Start Screen

We will accept the Gvim license agreement by clicking .

GVim Accept LicenseAgreement

In the following screen, we will select the components and set some configuration.

  • `Vim GUI and runtime files` provides Gvim and core files which can not be deselected.
  • `Vim console program` will install vim console or command line version.
  • `Create .bat file` will install some automated bat files.
  • `Create icons for Vim` will create Vim icons.
  • `Add Vim Context Menu` will an item to the `Open with …` menu.
  • `Create Default Config` will create the default configuration of the GVim.
  • `Create Plugin Directories` will create the vim plugin directories.
  • `Native Language Support ` will install different languages for GVim.
GVim Select Components To Install

In the following screen, we will set some important GVim configuration which is stored in file.

  • `Vi/Vim Behavior` will set the vim configuration loading behavior.
  • `Mappings` will set keymaps or keyboard short cuts like Ctrl+V , Ctrl+C, etc.
  • `Mouse` will set the mouse or touchpad left and right buttons.
GVim Configuration

In the following screen, we will select the installation path or directory which is .

GVim Installation Path

The installation process is like below where we can see details by clicking .

When the installation is completed successfully we will see the following screen.

GVim Installation Completed Successfully

The GVim is like below which contains very useful GUI for a command line or console-based tools.

GVim On Windows

We can download and install GVim for deb based distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, and Mint by using command-line tool or GUI package manager. In this case, we will install from the command line where GVim is provided with the package name .

$ sudo apt install vim-gtk
Download and Install For Ubuntu, Debian, Mint

We can run from the start menu or just with command from the command line like below.

$ gvim
GVim For Ubuntu, Debian, Mint

In rpm-based distributions, GVim package is named but we can use the term as package name too.

$ sudo dnf install gvim
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