MacVim
MacVim
8.1.2234

5.0

MacVim free download for Mac

MacVim

8.1.2234
30 October 2019

Port of the text editor Vim.

Overview

MacVim is a port of the text editor Vim to Mac OS X that is meant to look better and integrate more seamlessly with the Mac than the older Carbon port of Vim.

MacVim supports multiple windows with tabbed editing and a host of other features such as:

  • bindings to standard OS X keyboard shortcuts (⌘-Z, ⌘-V, ⌘-A, ⌘-G, etc.),
  • transparent backgrounds,
  • full-screen mode,
  • multibyte editing with OS X input methods and automatic font substitution,
  • ODB editor support,
  • and more...

Most importantly, MacVim brings you the full power of Vim 7.2 to Mac OS X.

What's new in MacVim

Version 8.1.2234:
Fixes:
  • Fix scripting languages not working (e.g. Python) in binary releasesby using the correct entitlements

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Chiggsy
28 April 2008

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Well, exactly what I want are thousands of text specific features. This is _the_ editor, unless you run emacs, and of course all those people, having internalized the concept of "false gods" have cheerily begun running textmate instead. Enough about that. MacVim is an excellent version of gvim, easily the lushest and sexiest one i've ever seen. Vim on os X used to be like firefox, a thing from another place, a foul, alien and misshapen troll lurking under the bridge named /Applications. No longer. MacVim is gvim for os X, what an os X program should be like, combined with every optimization that code editing needs and thousands more that are "nice". Vim has a steep learning curve, like all things Unix. Of course, people program are not stupid, people who program on unix platforms are unafraid of complexity, or at least _were_ not stupid, and _were_ unafraid of complexity. If you are are fearful, why , pay fear's price and fire up some 100 meg IDE and have it hold your hand and change your diapers. If you for some reason, need to have less features because due to some unseen yet crippling inability to teach your muscles to do something, which is a vim requirement, then by golly use something with an "easier learning curve". It's ok. I'm sure your $DEITY will still love you. Not mine though. We have higher standards, and things to get done, and that's why we'll be using MacVim.
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Version 26
Derekcurrie
14 June 2019
A security flaw has been found in the source version of Vim. Be sure you keep MacVim up-to-date with the latest version. Details are provided in the report linked below: "If you haven’t patched Vim or NeoVim text editors, you really, really should Sandbox escape in the ancient text editors lets attackers get a reverse shell." https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/06/if-you-havent-patched-vim-or-neovim-text-editors-you-really-really-should/
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Version 8.1.1517
Lumac52
07 July 2018
Seems to now be hosted here: https://github.com/macvim-dev/macvim
But binary also downloadable here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/macosxvim
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Version 8.0
Mrgando
17 February 2012
The version specified in MacUpdate is 2 years old -_- For the latest versions refer to this link : https://github.com/b4winckler/macvim/downloads PS: MacVim Rocks
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Version 7.3
2 answer(s)
luzen
luzen
30 March 2012
It's strange that MacVim has an auto-update feature (sparkle framework?) but it doesn't work for snapshots and snapshots are all that are ever released. The author actually flat-out refuses to enable auto-update for snapshots whenever asked, so the user is force to manually check periodically if a new snapshot is available and download and install manually. To avoid the hassle, I stick with console vim in iTerm2.
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Snowlprd
Snowlprd
30 March 2012
The best way to keep MacVim up-to-date is to use Homebrew: http://mxcl.github.com/homebrew/ Once installed, you can use the "brew" command to install MacVim: brew install macvim And when you want to upgrade MacVim (and your other home-brewed packages): brew upgrade macvim Problem solved!
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Ayub
09 June 2008
Exactly CHIGGSY. And that's why they don't understand how we create those thousands of 'false gods' by simply 'yy1000p' and they get tired of pressing 'Select through Newline,Ctrl-C,Ctrl-V{1000 times}' and finally choose one 'false god' and they try to be happy with that. Congrates (Mac)Vim.
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Version 30
1 answer(s)
The-Valrus
The-Valrus
19 June 2008
To say nothing of the magic you can do with q and @.
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Version 31
Chiggsy
28 April 2008
Well, exactly what I want are thousands of text specific features. This is _the_ editor, unless you run emacs, and of course all those people, having internalized the concept of "false gods" have cheerily begun running textmate instead. Enough about that. MacVim is an excellent version of gvim, easily the lushest and sexiest one i've ever seen. Vim on os X used to be like firefox, a thing from another place, a foul, alien and misshapen troll lurking under the bridge named /Applications. No longer. MacVim is gvim for os X, what an os X program should be like, combined with every optimization that code editing needs and thousands more that are "nice". Vim has a steep learning curve, like all things Unix. Of course, people program are not stupid, people who program on unix platforms are unafraid of complexity, or at least _were_ not stupid, and _were_ unafraid of complexity. If you are are fearful, why , pay fear's price and fire up some 100 meg IDE and have it hold your hand and change your diapers. If you for some reason, need to have less features because due to some unseen yet crippling inability to teach your muscles to do something, which is a vim requirement, then by golly use something with an "easier learning curve". It's ok. I'm sure your $DEITY will still love you. Not mine though. We have higher standards, and things to get done, and that's why we'll be using MacVim.
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Version 26
2 answer(s)
Pjm
Pjm
12 May 2008
Hmm, lets not get too carried away with the "everything a Mac app should be" sort of claim. Pull a random task from the sky, something everyone would likely wish to change about Vim's default. Let's say: "change the default font". Everyone knows how to do that: you dial up the preferences for the application, find where the font description lives, change as desired, and away you go. Don't you? Oh... Well, aah, not exactly... In fact with Vim you really need to learn about initialization files, about how to write a prescription using Vim's style of parameters (is the font option one with an equals sign in it or not?), how to prescribe a given font on a mac in a way that vim understands, etc etc. All of which is achievable, but it's far from being what a Mac user would expect. Don't get me wrong: I love vim, and use it quite a lot (more from the command line than via MacVim). But I also use TextMate all the time, and there are really good reasons for doing so: it just integrates into Mac OS X a whole heap better than MacVim. Writing your own commands, throwing hooks into the operating system, and so forth is utterly straightforward for anyone with some scripting experience (perl/ruby/python... etc, take your pick). Paul
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Version 27
resuna
resuna
09 June 2008
It's still not really vi. When Apple replaced good solid vi with vim in OS X the first thing I did was compile nvi and completely remove that abomination known as "vim".
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Version 30
Teksestro
15 March 2008
Vi/Vim is, of course, an extremely powerful text editor, which is infamously difficult to learn. In my experience, it is THE hardest text editor to learn, often requiring several months before the new user feels that they are starting to feel comfortable with the new tool. Even as recently as a couple of years ago, this kind of time investment was worthwhile, if you were a programmer, who had to spend a lot of your day in front of the computer, juggling different graphical text editors who provide only half of the features set you need for any language. There was nothing this powerful available. Unfortunately for vi/vim, now there certainly is. Editors like TextMate now have a much gentler learning curve, while still providing the user with a fantastically wide feature set, and an amazing level of customisation. Other editing environments, like Panic's CODA, have concentrated on a different approach, helping you save time not by filling up the editor with thousands of specific text-production features, but by combining the functionality of several pieces of software into one, which saves up even MORE juggling time. This port of vim is certainly well done. It is stable, and more Mac-like than anything out there. It is still very powerful, but becoming less so, as other editors catch up, and start providing features which vim does not have. For instance: easy project management features (ie., having a folder view) would be a welcoming addition, which would not be too difficult to implement. Vim does provide some wonderful text-production features, but that is ALL it provides. If these were coupled with some of the easy and time-saving workflow features now present in the majority of other text editors out there, then vim's steep learning curve would be more attractive. As it stands, the vast majority of users will prefer to use tools that are easier to grasp, and which - in the long run - will save them just as much time as vim would.
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Version 24
1 answer(s)
Chiggsy
Chiggsy
28 April 2008
Right, why would you spend so much time bashing an editor when there are so many available, in your own words? If you like TextMate, use it! Of course, if you used vim before, and wanted to give a nice version of gvim a try, then use this one by all means, it's the best version of gvim that there is.
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Version 26
Travisjeffery
27 January 2008
MacVim is really great, I've been using it for a while and it has been exactly what I've wanted in terms of blending Macs and Vim. If you want to interact more with the development than checkout the project page: code.google.com/p/macvim/
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Version 0801A
Sundev-Lohr
18 January 2008
I was introduced to Vim a few months ago. I always knew there must be something like this out there, but didn't know where to find it. Although the learning curve is steep with vim, MacVim makes it a bit easier. It gives you all the functionality of vim plus key commands that are more familiar to mac users: Cmd+z, Cmd+-->, etc. This program strikes the perfect balance.
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Version 0712B
Freebsd
19 November 2007
Oh! I am so happy!
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Version 0711A
Hotfreaks
14 October 2007
Why would you use KDE icons for a MAc app??
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Version r300
3 answer(s)
brsma
brsma
30 October 2007
Because YOU didn't come up with something better.
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Version 0710a
Neox
Neox
20 November 2007
Who cares anyway? What a lame comment... Most of the icons in the *nix world are available under a Creative Commons type license that allow use in programs.
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Version 0711A
Dalahast
Dalahast
07 February 2008
I have, what, two KDE icon sets in Pixadex. They're really nice, and they cover such a wide variety of situations- it's a good thing to have on tap.
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Version 20