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MacVim for Mac


A powerful port for the Vim text processor that provides a wide range of tools for processing plain text documents, highlighting syntax and more

MacVim is a project designed to bring the Vim programmer’s editor to the Mac. Vim on the other hand, is based on the powerful Vi app, which is a text editor developed for the Unix operating systems.

Among other additions, the MacVim app provides support for using hotkeys, includes a full screen mode, allows you to work with transparent backgrounds, and much more. Keep in mind that, even through MacVim can process text, it is not intended to be a WYSIWYG processor.

Learn how to use MacVim via the built in help

The MacVim main window is represented by minimalist text windows where you get to input your data. However, to successfully use the editor, you must discover everything it has to offer: in the main window, type the “:h macvim” command to access the MacVim Help document.

Here, you can learn more about the tools included in the menus, the supported keyboard shortcuts and trackpad gestures, how you get to define new colors and much more. In addition, via the MacVim Syntax menu you can choose to perform color and highlight tests.

An enhanced Vim port for the Mac

The goal of the MacVim project is to convert the Vim program into an application suitable for the Mac platform. As a result, MacVim includes support for drag and drop actions, allows you to work in fullscreen mode, improves the way in which search queries are handled and much more.

To see all the modifications and improvements brought by the MacVim port, make sure you read the MacVim Differences chapter in the MacVim Help document.

Powerful processing solution for plain text documents

All in all, MacVim is a great tool to have around if you are looking for a plain   text editor    that includes support for highlighting syntax and integrates into the Mac OS X look and feel.

Finding your way around can prove challenging, but it’s definitely worth your while because the MacVim app includes a plethora of efficient tools designed to make the task of text editing a breeze.


  • Safari style tabs
  • Multiple windows: use “Application windows” Expos and Cmd-` to switch between windows
  • Client/server (+clientserver): use the –remote switch and friends to open files; script the server with remote_send() et al.
  • GUI Dialogs: with keyboard shortcuts, no need to use the mouse anymore!
  • Toolbar
  • Font panel: access to all of your fonts, proportional fonts render with fixed advancement
  • Multibyte: with automatic font substitution for wide characters
  • Input methods: use Mac OS X input methods to input non-English languages
  • Transparent backgrounds
  • Full screen editing

Find it here to download