This tutorial explains how to install Vim Editor on Windows, Linux, and macOS

How to Install and setup VIM editor on Windows

Following are the steps required to install on Windows.

  • Go to vim.org
  • Click on the Download link on the left side for navigation
  • Download the stable version or old version for the link PC: MS-DOS and MS-Windows
  • It downloads the gvim82.exe file to the local system
  • Double click on this file and follows the installation instructions
    • Select language
    • privacy policy
    • Choose components Click on Next to finish the installation

How to run and open vim editor from PowerShell

there are several ways to open vi editors in windows.

  • Powershell
    • Open windows run by Windows +R command
    • type PowerShell
    • It opens the PowerShell window
  • Windows Terminal
    • Open the command prompt and type vim editor
    • or you can open the file with vim filename.

Fixing vim is not recognized as an internal or external command

Once you installed vim on windows, It will not run vim from the command line by default and gives the following error.

vim is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program, or batch file

The reason vim is not a recognized command to execute and it does not found in the environment path

So, you have to set environment variables to vim location.

  • Go to Control Panel > System - It opens the System properties window
  • Edit System environment variables
  • VIM is installed on c:\Program Files (x86)\vim in my windows
  • Edit PATH environment variable, check vim path is added, if not add this to a PATH environment variable and save it.

Now, the vim command works in terminal and PowerShell windows.