Vim vs. Atom vs. Neovim

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What is Vim?

Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware.

What is Atom?

At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.

What is Neovim?

Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: simplify maintenance and encourage contributions, split the work between multiple developers, enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source, and improve extensibility with a new plugin architecture.

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Why do developers choose Vim?
Why do you like Vim?

Why do developers choose Atom?
Why do you like Atom?

Why do developers choose Neovim?
Why do you like Neovim?

What are the cons of using Vim?
Downsides of Vim?

What are the cons of using Atom?
Downsides of Atom?

What are the cons of using Neovim?
No Cons submitted yet for Neovim
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What companies use Vim?
1067 companies on StackShare use Vim
What companies use Atom?
1044 companies on StackShare use Atom
What companies use Neovim?
12 companies on StackShare use Neovim
What tools integrate with Vim?
12 tools on StackShare integrate with Vim
What tools integrate with Atom?
12 tools on StackShare integrate with Atom
What tools integrate with Neovim?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with Neovim

What are some alternatives to Vim, Atom, and Neovim?

  • Visual Studio Code - Build and debug modern web and cloud applications, by Microsoft
  • Sublime Text - A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.
  • Notepad++ - Free source code editor and Notepad replacement
  • Emacs - The extensible self-documenting text editor.

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