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How to Install VIM on Mac

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How to Install Vim on MacOS


Vim which stands for vi improved is a text editor and an improved version of vi editor that is designed to run on CLI (Command Line Interface) as well as GUI (Graphical user interface) .

It was developed by Bram Moolenaar in 1991. It is a free and open source software which was released under the license which includes some charityware clauses.

In this tutorial, we will learn the steps involved in the installation of Vim on MacOS.


  • MacOS
  • Login as an administrator on terminal.


The following steps are used to install Vim on MacOS.

1) Download the latest version

To install Vim editor on MacOS, we have to download its latest version by visiting the official website I.e. https://vim.sourceforge.io/download.php

2) Mount the disk image file

The downloaded file stored in Downloads folder (in my case) is a disk image file which needs to be mounted to the Volumes directory. mounting needs a simple command as follows.

Macos VIM 1

3) Copy the application file to Applications

The file is mounted as Vim.app which is an executable application file stored inside the Volumes directory. This file needs to be copied to the Application directory where the Applications are installed. This will be done via a simple command given below.

Macos VIM 2

4) Unmount the file

We have done with installing vim on our MacOS. The next step which needs to be done is unmounting the file. This will be done by using unmount option with hdiutil command.

Macos VIM 3

5) Working with Vim

Once we install Vim on our MacOS, we can use it for programming in any of the languages or for editing of any of the documents. To get started with the Vim, we either type simply vim on command line or we can open it via GUI by double clicking the vim icon shown in the Applications. Vim opens in the terminal which is shown in the image.

Macos VIM 4

Well, we have successfully installed and get started with the VIM editor on MacOS.

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