Installing the Full Vim Version on Ubuntu 16.04

Sunday Sep 24, 2017 Kudzai Nyandoro


Ubuntu's default vim package is vim-tiny, I recently found this out when I was showing someone how to use vim tutorial on his Ubuntu machine. When he ran $ vim tutor the tutorial did not show up as expected. To add the full version of vim to his Ubuntu 16.04 machine, I took the following steps.

  • Uninstall vim-tiny
$ sudo apt remove vim-tiny
  • Run the update command
$ sudo apt update
  • Install the full version of Vim.
$ sudo apt install vim
  • If you're just getting started with Vim you can try the tutorial that comes with this full version installing by running the line below.
$ vim tutor
  • To get out of vim run the line below.
:q