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Vim (Vi I'MProved), is a text editor derived from Vi. It's notoriously known for its steep learning curve, and user unfriendly interface. However, because of it's efficiently, variety of plugins, and customization options vim and is one of the most popular text editors for programmers and *nix users (along with Emacs). A graphical version gVim which provides a user with menus is also available.


  • vim depends on vi, so that must be installed first. However, since vi is part of the base installation most users should already have it.
pacman -S vim


vim's configuation file is in a user's home directy (~/) and is named .vimrc. A sample .vimrc can be found in /etc/vimrc.

"Sample .vimrc
set nocompatible
set showmatch
set incsearch
set ignorecase  
set smartcase
set history=100
set backspace=eol,start,indent
set ruler
set tabstop=4
set shiftwidth=4
set expandtab
set virtualedit=all
set background=dark
set vb t_vg=
set mouse=v
set textwidth=79
set formatoptions=tcrq
  • To install gvim (Just like vim but with gtk2 interface and listens to /etc/gvimrc and ~/.gvimrc)
pacman -S gvim
  • There is also a group of selected popular vim scripts available via pacman
pacman -S vim-plugins

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