Vim stands for Vi Improved which is a clone of Bill Joy’s vi editor for Linux. It is designed for use both from a command line interface and as a standalone application in a graphical user interface. Vim is basically a open source application that is released under a license which includes some charityware clauses.Even though vim is available both in command line as well as an application with GUI, vim is widely used in command line and the full functionality is expressed through its command line mode.
Without further ado lets get started..There are 2 modes in vim say INSERT mode and NORMAL mode.Mode in which you are currently in is displayed in editor.Pressing i will take you to insert mode and press escape key to return to normal mode. As the names suggest, all commands are typed in COMMAND mode, and text is inserted in INSERT mode
Navigating through the text file.
Searching in vim
- and many more plugins are available which helps in using vim as an all purpose text editor