Vim Installer and Archives (Win32 and Win64)
This is a project for building Nightly Vim Windows build snapshots automatically (more information).
Download and execute the
gvim_x.y.pppp_x86.exe file to install Vim (where
x.y is the
release version and
pppp is the patch number). The exe files contain the
(32bit) installer while the .zip files contain an archive of the 32bit (
or 64bit versions (
_x64). To install it, extract the archive and update your
PATH variable. The installer will do that automatically and provide some
additional extensions (e.g. Edit with Vim menu).
gvim...pdb.zip file only contains the corresponding pdb files for debugging the binaries.
If you need a dynamic interface to Perl, Python2, Python3, Ruby,
TCL, Lua or
Racket/MzScheme, make sure you also install the following. Vim will work
without it, but some Plugin might need this additional dependency. (e.g.
Gundo needs a working Python2 installation,
Command-T needs a working Ruby
installation and Neocomplete needs
a working Lua installation). This means, those interpreters have to be
installed in addition to Vim. Without it Vim won't be able to use that feature!
You can find those interperters here:
- Strawberry Perl 5.32
ActiveTcl 8.6.6(currently disabled)
- LuaBinaries 5.4
- Python 2.7
- Python 3 3.10
- Racket 8.3 (BC)
- RubyInstaller 3.0
Make sure that you install the same architecture (32bit/64bit) for those libraries that matches your Vim installation.
Additionally the binaries include the new terminal feature for Vim and therefore contain the winpty.dll (32bit or 64bit) and the winpty-agent.exe from the winpty repository. This feature is currently considered experimental. Read the help at :h terminal.txt for more information.
Note: The zip archive might be considered unsecure in Windows, causing Windows to display a dialog box "These files might be harmful to your computer...". If you want to disable this warning, you need to "unblock" the zip file. Do that in the properties dialog of the zip file, first tab General and look for the security section and click on "Unblock". However using a signed release might prevent that behaviour in Windows eventually (see also next paragraph).
See: Vim Repository for the Vim source.
Note: If you want to test some patches, place them in the patch directory with
.patch. They will be applied before building Vim and the binary
will then be tested against the test suite.
Creating a signed binary and installer still requires manual effort, therefore not every release will be signed. They will be provided on a best effort basis occasionaly. Signing the releases is provided by SignPath. If there haven't been any signed releases for a long time, feel free to request a new one by creating an issue here.
This repository also contains a github actions CI-step for uploading the binaries to the winget repository.
This means, the (unsigned) nightly builds will be automatically uploaded and submitted to the winget repository. So you can use the winget command to update your vim installation and do not have to download and install new releases manually.
This is only done for the nightly builds, because the signed builds currently still require some manual steps to complete.
License & Copyright
Most work was done by Ken Takata (@k-takata) and Christian Brabandt (@chrisbra).
The Vim license applies (see :h license) to all the build scripts in this repository. Note, that Vim is included as a submodule and comes with its own license (although is also released under the Vim license).