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Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing

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
841 companies use Vim in their tech stacks, including Starbucks, thoughtbot, and OpenTable.

Developers
856 developers use Vim.

Vim Integrations

.NET Core, WakaTime, Kite, cdnjs, and TSLint are some of the popular tools that integrate with Vim. Here's a list of all 14 tools that integrate with Vim.

Why developers like Vim?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Vim
Vim Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Vim in their tech stack.

Jerome Dalbert
Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 12 upvotes · 28.5K views
Visual Studio Code
Atom
Vim
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 · 21K views
atTypeform
Docker Compose
Docker
Git
Vim
Visual Studio Code
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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Martin Delille
Martin Delille
Scout/Lead dev/Teacher/UX at Lylo Media Group · | 4 upvotes · 1.1K views
Vim

I use Vim for text/code editing because when you starting understanding how it works (it take some time but it's worthy) you just fall in love with the tool!

The big advantage is that you can edit a text file anywhere if you are working in the unix environment (it may be possible to use it elsewhere also).

The configuration can be easily setup if you are using a dotfiles repository like mine: https://github.com/MartinDelille/dotfiles.

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Justin Dorfman
Justin Dorfman
Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 3 upvotes · 5.8K views
atBootstrapCDN
Vim
Pug
ExpressJS
Node.js
Bootswatch
Amazon S3
#YAML

This is the third Stack Decision of this series. You can read the last one to catch up (link below).

Josh is a machine. He cranked out the rewrite of the site and as well as the Amazon S3 syncing/permissions/content-type scripts in less than a week (with a full time job + 2 small kids at the time). The new site had/has a section where you could try out all of the Bootswatch themes on our site and while it might sound silly, it showed me that he goes above and beyond and I totally lucked out.

Anyway, Josh decided to go with Node.js, ExpressJS, Jade (now called Pug), and configs with #yaml, all things I have read about but never used in production. I quickly found out Josh was a Vim user (still is), because every Jade file he worked on had //- vim: ft=jade sw=4 sts=4 et: at the bottom.

Everything was running smoothly, I was encouraged by David (co-founder from part 1) to take a vacation. I took him up on that. Unfortunately, my timing couldn’t have been worse. More on that in part 4.

AMA below 👇

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Gustavo Muñoz
Gustavo Muñoz
Web UI Developer at Globant · | 3 upvotes · 2.3K views
TypeScript
Flutter
React
Notepad++
Vim
Sublime Text
Atom
Visual Studio Code
#Microsoft
#RESTfulAPI

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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Wesly Nouse
Wesly Nouse
Owner at Absolum · | 2 upvotes · 1.1K views
atAbsolum
Vim
Neovim

We use Neovim because it is the most productive and fastest text-editor/IDE available. We chose Neovim over Vim because of the community behind it. We prefer the vision of Neovim of that of Vim. To stay productive across multiple machines on any OS Neovim is the only solution that we see fit.

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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.
See all alternatives

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