The Vim on your machine—if there is one—is very likely to be a "small" build that lacks useful features like clipboard support, syntax highlighting or even the ability to use plugins.
This is not a problem if all you need is a quick way to edit config files but you will soon hit a number of walls if you intend to make Vim your main editor.
It is therefore generally recommended to install a complete build.
On those systems, the trick is simply to install the GUI version which comes with both a
gvim command for starting the GUI and a
vim command for starting the TUI.
$ sudo pacman -R vim $ sudo pacman -S gvim
$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install vim-gtk
$ sudo emerge --sync $ sudo emerge app-editors/gvim
$ sudo yum check-update $ sudo yum install vim-X11
$ sudo dnf check-update $ sudo dnf install vim-X11
$ sudo slackpkg update $ sudo slackpkg install-new vim-gvim
$ sudo pkg_add vim-x11
$ sudo pkg install editors/vim
The strategy is similar to Mac OS X: we install the GUI version to get both the GUI and the TUI. In the end, we should be able to:
$ mvimin the shell to open the MacVim GUI,
$ mvim -vin the shell to open the MacVim TUI.
Download and install an official snapshot like you would with any other Mac OS X application.
mvim script that comes bundled with MacVim somewhere in your
$ sudo port selfupdate $ sudo port install macvim
$ brew install macvim
To make MacVim the default console Vim:
$ brew install macvim --with-override-system-vim
There is no Vim on Windows systems by default. You can download and install Vim from the Tuxproject site for more up-to-date and complete builds or you can download and install Vim from the official Vim site.
> choco install vim
If the methods above don't suit your needs it is still possible to build Vim yourself, with only the options you need.
This topic will be discussed in its own section (currently in draft).