Vim vs. Neovim vs. Kakoune



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Description

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 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.

What is Kakoune?

Kakoune is a code editor heavily inspired by Vim, as such most of its commands are similar to vi’s ones. Kakoune can operate in two modes, normal and insertion. In insertion mode, keys are directly inserted into the current buffer. In normal mode, keys are used to manipulate the current selection and to enter insertion mode.

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Pros

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

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

Why do developers choose Kakoune?
Why do you like Kakoune?

Cons

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

What are the cons of using Neovim?
No Cons submitted yet for Neovim
Downsides of Neovim?

What are the cons of using Kakoune?
No Cons submitted yet for Kakoune
Downsides of Kakoune?

Pricing

How much does Vim cost?
How much does Neovim cost?
How much does Kakoune cost?

Companies

What companies use Vim?
1025 companies on StackShare use Vim
What companies use Neovim?
12 companies on StackShare use Neovim
What companies use Kakoune?
0 companies on StackShare use Kakoune

Integrations

What tools integrate with Vim?
12 tools on StackShare integrate with Vim
What tools integrate with Neovim?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with Neovim
No integrations listed yet

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

  • Visual Studio Code - Build and debug modern web and cloud applications, by Microsoft
  • Sublime Text - A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.
  • Atom - A hackable text editor for the 21st Century
  • Notepad++ - Free source code editor and Notepad replacement

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