Learn How to Use VIM with an Interactive Tutorial

Sep 29, 2011 - 6 Comments

VIM tutorial

VIM is a powerful command line text editor that is wildly popular with developers and system administrators that is accessible by typing ‘vim’ in the terminal. For those that haven’t used it before, it has a relatively steep learning curve, and the interface can be confusing until you figure out how it works and start memorizing some of the commands. That’s what this interactive VIM tutorial aims to do, help you learn the basics of VIM so you can start using the text editor with some confidence.

The interactive guide is broken into 13 main lessons that cover the essentials: saving and quitting, moving around documents, character matching, finding and replacing characters, adding lines, etc. After you’re finished with the guide, there’s a sandbox to test things further if you still don’t want to jump into the real app yet.

Visit the Interactive VIM Tutor at OpenVim.com

If you want to learn more, there’s also the “vimtutor” command that is installed by default in OS X. It’s not as fancy (or interactive), but it’s still a great guide and it’s accessible from anywhere.

Nice find from OneThingWell / LH

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Posted by: William Pearson in Command Line, Tips & Tricks

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  1. desc says:

    Or you could just use BBEdit or TextMate and be normal??

  2. John says:

    An old but good quick ref guide is here.

    http://www.cs.cornell.edu/courses/cs312/2006fa/software/quick-vim.pdf

    vim isn’t for newbies, but neither is the cli in general.

  3. dat5h says:

    Also, usually when vim is installed, so is vimtutor. So, if you want a tutorial in an actual vim window (unrestricted by the web based tutor), go to the terminal and type “vimtutor” as one word.

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