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Vim

Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing
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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.
Vim is a tool in the Text Editor category of a tech stack.

Who uses Vim?

Companies
1337 companies reportedly use Vim in their tech stacks, including Lyft, Stack, and Alibaba Travels.

Developers
15423 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Vim.

Vim Integrations

.NET Core, TSLint, WakaTime, Kite, and cdnjs are some of the popular tools that integrate with Vim. Here's a list of all 25 tools that integrate with Vim.
Pros of Vim
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Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)
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Fast
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Highly configurable
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Less mouse dependence
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Lightweight
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Speed
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Plugins
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Hardcore
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It's for pros
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Vertically split windows
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Open-source
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Modal editing
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No remembering shortcuts, instead "talks" to the editor
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It stood the Test of Time
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Unicode
11
Stick with terminal
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Everything is on the keyboard
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Dotfiles
10
VimPlugins
10
Flexible Indenting
9
Programmable
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Hands stay on the keyboard
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Efficient and powerful
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Large number of Shortcuts
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A chainsaw for text editing
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Everywhere
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Because its not Emacs
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You cannot exit
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Unmatched productivity
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Modal editing changes everything
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Developer speed
5
Super fast
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Makes you a true bearded developer
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Themes
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Habit
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EasyMotion
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Intergrated into most editors
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Plugin manager options. Vim-plug, Pathogen, etc
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Most and most powerful plugins of any editor
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Shortcuts
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Shell escapes and shell imports :!<command> and !!cmd
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Intuitive, once mastered
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Great on large text files
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Perfect command line editor

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Vim's Features

  • Vertically Split Windows
  • Vimdiff
  • Folding
  • Plugins
  • Flexible Indenting
  • Unicode

Vim Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Vim?
Emacs
GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.
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.
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.
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.
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Vim's Followers
12765 developers follow Vim to keep up with related blogs and decisions.