In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Vim Text Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Vim is a highly configurable text editor for efficiently creating and changing any kind of text. 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 through the step-by-step installation of the Vim Text Editor on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
non-root sudo useror 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 Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following
apt commands in the terminal.
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Step 2. Installing Vim Text Editor on Ubuntu 20.04.
- Install Vim using Git.
Run the following commands to install Vim on Ubuntu using Git:
sudo apt install git git clone https://github.com/vim/vim.git cd vim ./configure sudo apt install ncurses-dev sudo yum install ncurses-devel make sudo make install
- Install Vim using the PPA repository.
Run the following commands to install Vim on Ubuntu using PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/vim sudo apt update sudo apt install vim
Finally, verify vim installation:
You can now use vim text editor:
$ vi file.c $ vim file.c $ sudo vim /etc/sysctl.conf
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Vim. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Vim Text Editor on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Vim website.