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It is recommended that you use gVim in either Windows or Linux and MacVim for Mac. Download from:


Troubleshoot: Because of the large amount of submodules, if you ever have any trouble after pulling from the repository, it will be easier to just back up your old .vim folder and just git clone a new version.

Clone this repo into your home directory either as .vim (linux/mac) or vimfiles (Windows). Such as:

git clone git:// ~/.vim

Then cd into the repo and run this to get the snippets submodule:

git submodule init
git submodule update

Now just copy (or symlink) the .vim/vimrc file as .vimrc (Mac/Linux) or copy as _vimrc (Windows) in your home directory. In Mac and Linux, the easiest thing to do is:

ln -s ~/.vim/vimrc ~/.vimrc

If you already have a custom .vimrc file, append the following lines to load everything else along with your personal hacks:

source ~/.vim/vimrc      "linux
source ~/vimfiles/vimrc  "windows

To update all submodules, use the following on vimfiles dir:

git submodule foreach git pull origin master

Help Tags

At first usage of vim, type ":" while in command mode and execute:

call pathogen#helptags()

This will make the plugins documentations available upon :help


You will need these dependencies figured out:

In Ubuntu, for example, you will have to do: apt-get install exuberant-ctags ncurses-term

In OS X, you can install ctags with homebrew brew install ctags

On Windows you have to download Ctags and add ctags.exe in your PATH.

Mac OS X and most Linux distros come with Ruby already. If you're in Windows look for Luis Lavena's latest Ruby Installer (

Learn Vim

Visit the following sites to learn more about Vim:

There are many sites teaching Vim, if you know of any other that are easy to follow for newcomers, let me know.


  • Original project and most of the heavy lifting: @scrooloose
  • All the cool plugins for Rails, Cucumber and more: @timpope
  • Hacks and some snippets: @carlosedp