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Installing Vim

On macOS Vim is also already installed, but it's quite an onld version and has no python support built in. Therefore it's suggested to install a recent version using Homebrew: brew install vim

Every Linux distribution brings a Vim package that is installable by using the distribution's package manager.


When beginning the journey of master Vim, a first stop might the built in tutorial. Type vimtutor to start this "interactive document".

There is huge Vim tutorial in 5 pieces targetting beginners and builds up to veterans:

And other Tutorials with its strengths and weaknesses:

And espcially about Text Objects:

And Vimscript which also covers customizing Vim and not only plugin development:

And finally one from the Vim project leader Bram Moolenaar himself, though not for beginners but those that already know Vim for some time but want to get better:

There's even a browser game vim-adventures that teaches Vim.

Learning Videos

The Vim Tutorial (beginner)

Part One - Basic Commands Part Two - More Commands

Mastering the Vim Language (advanced)

Mastering the Vim Language

How to Do 90% of What Plugins Do (With Just Vim) (advanced)

How to Do 90% of What Plugins Do (With Just Vim)

Suggested Plugins

General Plugins


The plugin tpope/vim-surround by Tim Pope feature text objects and commands regaring manipulation of surroundings.
See the glorious tutoriol of Daniel Weibel.


This plugin features new text objects for working on indendet blocks of any kind. Found at vim-text-objects. For usage see the docs


There's a good write-up on using markdown in Vim


If using ciritic markup, this plugin adds vim functions to approve or reject changes, though obviously not maintained anymore.
Recommended by vim-markdown.

Markdown Writing and Previewing in Neovim - A Complete Guide

Further Readings

Vim/Nvim useful tricks: Lots of short tips on shortcuts

Last update: 2022-09-26