Vi Improved (VIM)

Release date: 
Saturday, 17 June, 2006



Authors/Port authors:

Vim is an almost compatible version of the UNIX editor Vi. Many new features have been added.

This software is distributed as compressed package. You have to download and manually install it; if prerequisites are required, you will have to manually install them too.

Manual installation

Program is distributed as ZIP package: download to temporary directory and unpack to destination folder. See below for download link(s).

You can install the prerequisites with rpm running the following string in a command line:

yum install emxrt

Following ones are the download links for manual installation:

Vi Improved (VIM) v. 7.4 (9/9/2019, Alex Taylor) Readme/What's new
VIM 7.4 FOR OS/2 This is a binary build of Vi Improved version 7.4 for OS/2 systems. It has been built using EMX 0.9d with GCC 2.81. These binaries have the following notable changes from previous OS/2 builds (7.0 and lower): - There is no dependency on any GCC runtime besides the EMX libraries. - 'tee.exe' is not included, as most people will now be using the version from GNU coreutils (included in the standard RPM/YUM distribution). - The built-in terminal support is now selected when the TERM environment variable is 'os2' (and not 'os2ansi' as before). The reason for this change is that 'SET TERM=os2' is now widespread on OS/2 systems; this allows users to use the standard VIM terminal settings without having to reconfigure their terminal library settings, which is difficult to do. The file 'vim74_os2emx.diff' contains a diff of all changes to the 'src' tree from the standard VIM 7.4 source distribution. To install: 1. Unzip to a directory in your PATH (e.g. D:\usr\local\bin) 2. Unzip to a directory of your choice (e.g. D:\usr\local\share), and make sure the environment variable 'VIM' (alternatively 'VIMRUNTIME') points to the 'vim74' subdirectory in this location, e.g. SET VIM=D:\usr\local\share\vim74 The standard EMX runtime libraries are required. These are not provided here, as they are available from numerous sources, and in fact are quite likely installed on your system already. If not, they can be installed via YUM or manually from This build seems to work, but has not been heavily stress-tested. Needless to say it is provided without warranty. VIM is written by Bram Moolenaar. See README.txt for general information and licensing terms. The OS/2 port was worked on by various people. Enter ":help os2" in the editor for more information specific to VIM on OS/2. -- Alex Taylor September 2019
Executable v. 7.0 (17/6/2006, Bram Moolenaar) Readme/What's new
README_os2.txt for version 7.0 of Vim: Vi IMproved. This file explains the installation of Vim on OS/2 systems. See "README.txt" for general information about Vim. NOTE: You will need two archives: contains the runtime files (same as for the PC version) contains the OS/2 executables 1. Go to the directory where you want to put the Vim files. Examples: cd C:\ cd D:\editors 2. Unpack the zip archives. This will create a new directory "vim/vim70", in which all the distributed Vim files are placed. Since the directory name includes the version number, it is unlikely that you overwrite existing files. Examples: pkunzip -d unzip After you unpacked the files, you can still move the whole directory tree to another location. 3. Add the directory where vim.exe is to your path. The simplest is to add a line to your autoexec.bat. Examples: set path=%path%;C:\vim\vim70 set path=%path%;D:\editors\vim\vim70 That's it! Extra remarks: - To avoid confusion between distributed files of different versions and your own modified vim scripts, it is recommended to use this directory layout: ("C:\vim" is used here as the root, replace with the path you use) Your own files: C:\vim\_vimrc Your personal vimrc. C:\vim\_viminfo Dynamic info for 'viminfo'. C:\vim\... Other files you made. Distributed files: C:\vim\vim70\vim.exe The Vim version 7.0 executable. C:\vim\vim70\doc\*.txt The version 7.0 documentation files. C:\vim\vim70\bugreport.vim A Vim version 7.0 script. C:\vim\vim70\... Other version 7.0 distributed files. In this case the $VIM environment variable would be set like this: set VIM=C:\vim - You can put your Vim executable anywhere else. If the executable is not with the other distributed Vim files, you should set $VIM. The simplest is to add a line to your autoexec.bat. Examples: set VIM=c:\vim set VIM=d:\editors\vim For further information, type this inside Vim: :help os2
Runtime v. 7.0 (, Bram Moolenaar) Readme/What's new
README.txt for version 7.0 of Vim: Vi IMproved. WHAT IS VIM Vim is an almost compatible version of the UNIX editor Vi. Many new features have been added: multi-level undo, syntax highlighting, command line history, on-line help, spell checking, filename completion, block operations, etc. There is also a Graphical User Interface (GUI) available. See "runtime/doc/vi_diff.txt" for differences with Vi. This editor is very useful for editing programs and other plain ASCII files. All commands are given with normal keyboard characters, so those who can type with ten fingers can work very fast. Additionally, function keys can be defined by the user, and the mouse can be used. Vim currently runs under Amiga DOS, MS-DOS, MS-Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP, Atari MiNT, Macintosh, BeOS, VMS, RISC OS, OS/2 and almost all flavours of UNIX. Porting to other systems should not be very difficult. DISTRIBUTION There are separate distributions for Unix, PC, Amiga and some other systems. This README.txt file comes with the runtime archive. It includes the documentation, syntax files and other files that are used at runtime. To run Vim you must get either one of the binary archives or a source archive. Which one you need depends on the system you want to run it on and whether you want or must compile it yourself. Check "" for an overview of currently available distributions. DOCUMENTATION The best is to use ":help" in Vim. If you don't have an executable yet, read "runtime/doc/help.txt". It contains pointers to the other documentation files. The User Manual reads like a book and is recommended to learn to use Vim. See ":help user-manual". The vim tutor is a one hour training course for beginners. Mostly it can be started as "vimtutor". See ":help tutor" for more information. COPYING Vim is Charityware. You can use and copy it as much as you like, but you are encouraged to make a donation to orphans in Uganda. Please read the file "runtime/doc/uganda.txt" for details (do ":help uganda" inside Vim). Summary of the license: There are no restrictions on using or distributing an unmodified copy of Vim. Parts of Vim may also be distributed, but the license text must always be included. For modified versions a few restrictions apply. The license is GPL compatible, you may compile Vim with GPL libraries and distribute it. SPONSORING Fixing bugs and adding new features takes a lot of time and effort. To show your appreciation for the work and motivate Bram and others to continue working on Vim please send a donation. Since Bram is back to a paid job the money will now be used to help children in Uganda. See runtime/doc/uganda.txt. But at the same time donations increase Bram's motivation to keep working on Vim! For the most recent information about sponsoring look on the Vim web site: COMPILING If you obtained a binary distribution you don't need to compile Vim. If you obtained a source distribution, all the stuff for compiling Vim is in the "src" directory. See src/INSTALL for instructions. INSTALLATION See one of these files for system-specific instructions: README_ami.txt Amiga README_unix.txt Unix README_dos.txt MS-DOS and MS-Windows README_os2.txt OS/2 README_mac.txt Macintosh README_vms.txt VMS INFORMATION The latest news about Vim can be found on the Vim home page: If you have problems, have a look at the Vim FAQ: Send bug reports to: Bram Moolenaar <> There are five mailing lists for Vim: <> For discussions about using existing versions of Vim: Useful mappings, questions, answers, where to get a specific version, etc. <> For discussions about changing Vim: New features, porting, beta-test versions, etc. <> Announcements about new versions of Vim; also beta-test versions and ports to different systems. <> For discussions about using and improving the multi-byte aspects of Vim: XIM, Hangul, fontset, etc. <> For discussions about using and improving Vim on the Macintosh. For more info and URLs of the archives see "". NOTE: - You can only send messages to these lists if you have subscribed! - You need to send the messages from the same location as where you subscribed from (to avoid spam mail). - Maximum message size is 40000 characters. If you want to join a maillist, send a message to <> Make sure that your "From:" address is correct. Then the list server will send you a help message. MAIN AUTHOR Send any other comments, patches, pizza and suggestions to: Bram Moolenaar E-mail: Molenstraat 2 2161 HP Lisse The Netherlands This is the address of my parents, they will forward mail and eat the pizza. My actual address will change a couple of times in 2006.
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