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Learn Vim in 30 minutes

Vim is one of the best text editors (if not THE best…). You can learn the basics in 30 minutes. All you have to do is launch the following command:


Then follow the instructions.

Vim has a learning curve, I admit, but it’s logical and not complicated. You don’t have to learn all its tricks at once. Learn the basics with vimtutor, read it over again if you need, then start using it. If you need some intermediate stuff that is not explained in the tutorial, look after it on the web.

Warning! Vim is highly addictive! Once you get used to it, you don’t want to use any other text editors. You’ve been warned! :)


You can find my .vimrc settings here.

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  1. July 13, 2011 at 18:05

    Thanks for this tutorial and rc file ;)

    And for those people who want to learn vim you can also check these good screencasts (by Derek Wyatt) : http://www.derekwyatt.org/vim/vim-tutorial-videos/

    • July 13, 2011 at 18:36

      Thanks for the link. As I can see he has not only beginner, but intermediate and advanced videos too. I will check them out this summer.

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