Popular Vim alternatives?


Solution 1

Kate (KDE Advanced Text Editor?) has a Vi editing mode.

Solution 2

It's not strictly a clone, but real live no-kidding vi is available open-source now. Also lots of sources and links to many versions on the vi-lovers page.

Solution 3

ActiveState Komodo has a vi mode too.

Solution 4

From the Vi Lovers Home Page - http://thomer.com/vi/vi.html#versions

I don't know what your requirements or expectations are, but Wikipedia has a great comparison page here that should help you figure out which version is best for you.

Solution 5

Visual Slickedit ($$$) has a very nice VI emulation mode. Vslick has other features that make it quite nice as a programmers' editor (e.g., dynamic tag generation instead of having to re-run ctags).

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Updated on June 12, 2022


  • Admin
    Admin 4 months

    Are there any Vi clones that are still in wide use today (besides Viper mode in Emacs ;)), other than Vim? If so, what are the pros/cons to using it instead of Vim?

  • Arafangion
    Arafangion over 13 years
    For suggesting vi as an alternative to vim, which is a vi alternative... Yup, upvoting for that alone. :) (Plus, was good to see that the original vi is available now, after porting)
  • Crosbie
    Crosbie about 11 years
    Note that the Komodo vi mode is incomplete - it does not support marks: bugs.activestate.com/show_bug.cgi?id=68134
  • SO_fix_the_vote_sorting_bug
    SO_fix_the_vote_sorting_bug over 1 year
    @Arafangion And here I always thought vi was just vim-unimproved...