Grasp the Vim Textual content Editor on Linux Utilizing Vimtutor

Learning how to use a terminal-based text editor like Vim can be difficult. But you don't have to do all this trouble, not with Vimtutor.

Vim is one of the most powerful command line text editors for Linux and other Unix-based operating systems. It has grown dramatically in terms of popularity, so many Linux distributions ship it as the standard terminal-based text editor.

As powerful as it is, Vim is also notorious for not being the easiest or most intuitive text editor for a beginner to use. Vimtutor is a command line application that helps you master the ins and outs of this editor in an interactive way.

What does Vimtutor have to offer?

The primary intention of Vimtutor is to give you a brief overview of the Vim text editor, just enough that you can easily use the editor without cluttering it with a lot of information. At the end of each of the lessons, you will become familiar with Vim and learn how to read and write files.

To start Vimtutor, run this command in the terminal and wait for a screen full of instructions to appear:

vimtutor

Vimtutor starts with an introduction to the basic navigation key assignments and slowly shows you how to write in text files, change them, and finally save your changes and exit the editor. Follow the on-screen instructions to begin the lesson.

As you keep learning new commands and keyboard shortcuts, consider making a cheat sheet for yourself to refer to in the future or use our Vim cheat sheet instead.

Learning Vim doesn't have to be difficult

With just 25 to 30 minutes of free time, you can get started with this feature-rich text editor and maximize your productivity when editing text files on Linux. You can set up your custom workflow and personalize Vim the way you want once you get the hang of it.

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Nitin Ranganath
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Nitin is an avid software developer and computer engineering student who develops web applications using JavaScript technologies. He works as a freelance web developer and enjoys writing for Linux and programming in his free time.

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