Vim is a popular command line text editor with an interface that is based not on menus or icons but on commands given in a text user interface.
Unfortunately the vim that ships with Mac OS X 10.5.* (Leopard) and above doesn’t have an optimized configuration file to allow for syntax highlighting, auto indentation, etc.
To fix this, open a new Terminal window and enter these commands to open vim’s configuration file:
cd /usr/share/vim sudo vim vimrc
Press the “i” key to switch vim to Insertion Mode, then enter these lines below the “set backspace=2” line:
set ai " auto indenting set history=100 " keep 100 lines of history set ruler " show the cursor position syntax on " syntax highlighting set hlsearch " highlight the last searched term filetype plugin on " use the file type plugins" When editing a file, always jump to the last cursor position autocmd BufReadPost * \ if ! exists("g:leave_my_cursor_position_alone") | \ if line("'\"") > 0 && line ("'\"") <= line("$") | \ exe "normal g'\"" | \ endif | \ endif
Press the Escape key to take vim out of Insertion Mode, then press “:” (colon) followed by “x” to save the file and exit. Enter this command again:
sudo vim vimrc
… and you’ll see that vim now automatically indents code, displays the cursor position, has syntax highlighting, etc.