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Kakoune vs Vim: What are the differences?

Kakoune: Vim inspired — Faster as in less keystrokes — Multiple selections — Orthogonal design. 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.; Vim: Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. 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.

Kakoune and Vim can be categorized as "Text Editor" tools.

Some of the features offered by Kakoune are:

  • Multiple selections as a central way of interacting
  • Powerful selection manipulation primitives
  • Powerful text manipulation primitives

On the other hand, Vim provides the following key features:

  • Vertically Split Windows
  • Vimdiff
  • Folding

"Fast editing" is the primary reason why developers consider Kakoune over the competitors, whereas "Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)" was stated as the key factor in picking Vim.

Kakoune is an open source tool with 4.85K GitHub stars and 354 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kakoune's open source repository on GitHub.

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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.

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.
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        What are some alternatives to Kakoune and Vim?
        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.
        Visual Studio Code
        Build and debug modern web and cloud applications. Code is free and available on your favorite platform - Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.
        Sublime Text
        Sublime Text is available for OS X, Windows and Linux. One license is all you need to use Sublime Text on every computer you own, no matter what operating system it uses. Sublime Text uses a custom UI toolkit, optimized for speed and beauty, while taking advantage of native functionality on each platform.
        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.
        Notepad++
        Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
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        Decisions about Kakoune and Vim
        Jerome Dalbert
        Jerome Dalbert
        Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 12 upvotes · 61.3K views
        Visual Studio Code
        Visual Studio Code
        Atom
        Atom
        Vim
        Vim
        Sublime Text
        Sublime Text
        #TextEditor

        I liked Sublime Text for its speed, simplicity and keyboard shortcuts which synergize well when working on scripting languages like Ruby and JavaScript. I extended the editor with custom Python scripts that improved keyboard navigability such as autofocusing the sidebar when no files are open, or changing tab closing behavior.

        But customization can only get you so far, and there were little things that I still had to use the mouse for, such as scrolling, repositioning lines on the screen, selecting the line number of a failing test stack trace from a separate plugin pane, etc. After 3 years of wearily moving my arm and hand to perform the same repetitive tasks, I decided to switch to Vim for 3 reasons:

        • your fingers literally don’t ever need to leave the keyboard home row (I had to remap the escape key though)
        • it is a reliable tool that has been around for more than 30 years and will still be around for the next 30 years
        • I wanted to "look like a hacker" by doing everything inside my terminal and by becoming a better Unix citizen

        The learning curve is very steep and it took me a year to master it, but investing time to be truly comfortable with my #TextEditor was more than worth it. To me, Vim comes close to being the perfect editor and I probably won’t need to switch ever again. It feels good to ignore new editors that come out every few years, like Atom and Visual Studio Code.

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        Denys
        Denys
        Software engineer at Typeform · | 7 upvotes · 39.7K views
        atTypeformTypeform
        Docker Compose
        Docker Compose
        Docker
        Docker
        Git
        Git
        Vim
        Vim
        Visual Studio Code
        Visual Studio Code
        Go
        Go
        • Go because it's easy and simple, facilitates collaboration , and also it's fast, scalable, powerful.
        • Visual Studio Code because it has one of the most sophisticated Go language support plugins.
        • Vim because it's Vim
        • Git because it's Git
        • Docker and Docker Compose because it's quick and easy to have reproducible builds/tests with them
        • @Archlinux (wtf it's not here?!) because Docker for Mac/Win is a disaster for the human's central nervous system, and Arch is the coolest Linux distro so far
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        Gustavo Muñoz
        Gustavo Muñoz
        Web UI Developer at Globant · | 3 upvotes · 28.5K views
        TypeScript
        TypeScript
        Flutter
        Flutter
        React
        React
        Notepad++
        Notepad++
        Vim
        Vim
        Sublime Text
        Sublime Text
        Atom
        Atom
        Visual Studio Code
        Visual Studio Code
        #RESTfulAPI
        #Microsoft

        I have chosen Visual Studio Code after testing a lot of other editors like Atom, Sublime Text (with legal license), Vim or even Notepad++ because it is the sum of all their virtues and none of their defects. It's fast, it has all the tools and plugins I need to work, and it's pretty and very good optimized. It has what I need to work and nothing more. And the main plugins works like a charm. Developing for React or Flutter is amazing. Even the TypeScript plugin works great. I like how IntelliSense works, and all the extra tools to code remotely using #ssh, access #RESTfulAPI or event manage projects or collaborating remotely. Thanks #Microsoft for Visual Studio Code.

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        How developers use Kakoune and Vim
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        Kang Hyeon Ku uses VimVim

        cli 환경에 익숙 해지지 위해 리눅스를 자주 쓰려고 했는데, 많이들 추천 하는 에디터가 vim 이 였다. 맨 처음에는 불편했는데, 플러그인 다는 재미가 솔솔 했다. 결국 플러그인도 많이 안쓰게 되더라...vim 자체를 잘 안쓰게 되는 거 일지도, 항상 잘하고 싶지만 잘 안쓰게 되는 에디터 인것 같다.

        Avatar of papaver
        papaver uses VimVim

        my go to editor for all things. been a vimer for over a decade now. this is where all the magic happens. still so much to learn, the most amazing tool i use.

        Avatar of Wing Tang Wong
        Wing Tang Wong uses VimVim

        Vim lets me edit the Markdown content of the Hugo powered site with ease. The low bandwidth needs means I can remote in and get changes updated without issues.

        Avatar of Darren Buse
        Darren Buse uses VimVim

        Tool a while to get used to but one of the best things I have learnt recently, great training from Drew Neil over at VimCasts.

        Avatar of SmartLogic
        SmartLogic uses VimVim

        Our developers use Vim, which is great for remote pair programming. We even have a server—Bruizer—set up to host shared terminal sessions.

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