VIM (Vi IMproved) – Usage, Flags, Command Examples

vim Usage

Edit a file: vim test.txt

vim -help

VIM - Vi IMproved 7.4 (2013 Aug 10, compiled Apr 4 2017 18:14:54)

usage: vim [arguments] [file ..] edit specified file(s)
or: vim [arguments] - read text from stdin
or: vim [arguments] -t tag edit file where tag is defined
or: vim [arguments] -q [errorfile] edit file with first error

-- Only file names after this
-v Vi mode (like "vi")
-e Ex mode (like "ex")
-E Improved Ex mode
-s Silent (batch) mode (only for "ex")
-d Diff mode (like "vimdiff")
-y Easy mode (like "evim", modeless)
-R Readonly mode (like "view")
-Z Restricted mode (like "rvim")
-m Modifications (writing files) not allowed
-M Modifications in text not allowed
-b Binary mode
-l Lisp mode
-C Compatible with Vi: 'compatible'
-N Not fully Vi compatible: 'nocompatible'
-V[N][fname] Be verbose [level N] [log messages to fname]
-D Debugging mode
-n No swap file, use memory only
-r List swap files and exit
-r (with file name) Recover crashed session
-L Same as -r
-T Set terminal type to
-u Use instead of any .vimrc
--noplugin Don't load plugin scripts
-p[N] Open N tab pages (default: one for each file)
-o[N] Open N windows (default: one for each file)
-O[N] Like -o but split vertically
+ Start at end of file
+ Start at line
--cmd Execute before loading any vimrc file
-c Execute after loading the first file
-S Source file after loading the first file
-s Read Normal mode commands from file
-w Append all typed commands to file
Write all typed commands to file
-x Edit encrypted files
--startuptime Write startup timing messages to
-i Use instead of .viminfo
-h or --help Print Help (this message) and exit
--version Print version information and exit