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ivim - An easy & highly customizable vim configuration

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Version: 3.0

After about 7 years' development, ivim contains 2 versions to satisfy different requirements.

  • ivim: highly customizable vim configuration, and it has more colorschemes and settings. (Not maintained)
  • ivim_mini: vim configuration with fast startup time and convenient usage, compatible with Vim 8.0+ and NeoVim. (Recommended)

If you love ivim, welcome to buy me a cup of coffee . Thx!!!



Use lots of famous colorschemes to make your eyes feel comfortable in both Vim and NeoVim.

  • ivim


Colorscheme: Hybrid

  • ivim_mini


Colorscheme: Nord

You could install the patched font from nerd-fonts (Example to install patched font in Mac could be found here).


  • Make using Vim more convenient and faster, and lots of useful plugins confirm a better performance of Vim.

Plugin List



  • This distribution is adapted to both Vim and NeoVim. For Vim, version should be 7.3+, and 8.0+ is recommended. For NeoVim, 0.1.5+ is recommended.


  • All the installations are based on Git which is a famous distributed revision control system. If you use Windows, you may need install msysgit.


  • Ctags generates an index (or tag) file of language objects found in source files that allows these items to be quickly and easily located by a text editor or other utility. I recommend you to use Exuberant Ctags.

To use this distribution with less bugs, please get more suggestions from here.


bash <(curl -L -i
# or
bash <(wget --no-check-certificate -O -) -i
bash <(curl -L -m
# or
bash <(wget --no-check-certificate -O -) -m
bash <(curl -L -u
# or
bash <(wget --no-check-certificate -O -) -u


bash $HOME/.ivim/ -n


  • This distribution is completely customisable using ~/.vimrc.ivim.local, ~/.vimrc.local, ~/.gvimrc.local and ~/.vimrc.bundles.local! (only for vimrc)
  • To make full use of auto-completion and syntax checking, please refer wiki.


Welcome to contribute to ivim, see issue #31 for details. Thank you very much for your supporting!

Vim Tips

Learning Vim

  • A good learning method of Vim is vimtutor, a 30 minute tutorial that teaches the most basic Vim functionality hands-on.

    To try it, just type vimtutor on terminal.

  • To practice vim skills, you can enable hard mode, and it will disable the arrow keys, the 'hjkl' keys, the page up/down keys, and a handful of other keys which allow one to rely on character-wise navigation.

    To enable it, just type :call HardMode() in normal mode.

  • Another way to get familiar with Vim commands and settings is just rely on the strong help system of Vim.

    It's easy and convenient to type :h or :help in Vim for help of whatever you want to know.

  • A beautiful Vim cheat sheet is available here. If you want one, just click it!

Key Mappings

  • Because I have set some key mappings for more convenient typing and checking, you may feel inconvenient with them at start. But if you get familiar with them, I'm sure you will love them.

    You can just type :map in Vim to see them.

More Tips

  • Vim_Tips_Wiki is an excellent website, and you can learn much from it.
  • Vimcasts publishes free screencasts about Vim. It's useful and interesting! Believe me!

Hope You Enjoy Vimming!!!


Copyright (C) 2012-2019 Xiao-Ou Zhang. See the LICENSE file for license rights and limitations (MIT).


I love Vim, and I also love modifying it to be more convenient and efficient. So I name it "ivim"! Welcome to contribute to ivim.








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