How To Install Vim Text Editor on Debian 10

Install Vim Text Editor on Debian 10

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Vim Text Editor on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, Vim is an open-source and free tool with a command-line interface and a Graphical User Interface. It is especially useful for editing config files and programs written in Shell, Python, Perl, c/c++, and more. The latest release of Vim includes a few new features, bug fixes, and documentation updates.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Vim command line text editor on a Debian 10 (Buster).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Vim.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Vim Text Editor on Debian 10 Buster

Step 1. The first step is to update the system. This ensures that you have the latest packages and software versions. To update your system, run the following command:

sudo apt update

Next, we need to check if Vim is already installed on your system. You can do this by running the following command:

which vim

If Vim is installed, the command will return the path to the Vim executable. If it is not installed, the command will return nothing.

Step 2. Installing Vim Text Editor on Debian 10.

Now run the following command to install Vim:

sudo apt install vim

It will show all the packages that will be installed with Vim. Press Y or enter when prompted and you should have Vim installed in a few seconds.

After the installation is complete, we need to verify that Vim has been installed correctly. To do this, run the following command:

which vim

Step 3. Accessing Vim Editor on Debian.

Once successfully installed, you can start the vim editor. Run the following command to open the editor:


Install Vim Text Editor on Debian 10 Buster

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Vim. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of the Vim command line text editor on the Debian system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Vim website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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