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Vim 7!

Bram Moolenaar

Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0

Vim 7 is ready!  After years of development this feature packed editor
is waiting for you.

Since Vim 6.4 many new features have been added.  To mention a few:

- Spell checking support for about 50 languages
- Intelligent completion for C, HTML, Ruby, Python, PHP, etc.
- Tab pages, each containing multiple windows
- Undo branches: never accidentally lose text again
- Vim script supports Lists and Dictionaries (similar to Python)
- Vim script profiling
- Improved Unicode support
- Highlighting of cursor line, cursor column and matching braces
- Translated manual pages support.
- Internal grep; works on all platforms, searches compressed files
- Browsing remote directories, zip and tar archives
- Printing multi-byte text

Once you have installed Vim 7.0 you can find details about the changes
since Vim 6.4 with ":help version7".


A lot of people helped making Vim 7 possible by providing patches,
suggestions, bug reports and proofreading the documentation.  You can
find their names with ":help version7".  Many thanks to all of them!

Also thanks to Vim sponsors who supported me while working on Vim 7.  I
am now going back to a paid job.  Please continue sponsoring Vim.  The
money now goes to help children in Uganda.  The more you help them the
more I will feel obliged to work on Vim.  There is a drought right now,
we need to help 200 families with food.

Where to get it

Information about which files to download for what system:

A list of mirror sites can be found here:

Downloading through ftp from:

Downloading through http from:

Using rsync:

Using Subversion:

Anonymous CVS is five week behind and doesn't have Vim 7.0 yet.

An overview of the files:

unix/vim-7.0.tar.bz2           sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed

extra/vim-7.0-extra.tar.gz     extra (non-Unix) files
extra/vim-7.0-lang.tar.gz      multi-language files
doc/              help files converted to HTML

pc/gvim70.exe                  self-installing, includes all runtime files
pc/                 runtime files
pc/               files for translated messages and menus
pc/                  GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
pc/               GUI binary with OLE support
pc/                GUI binary for Windows 3.1 (untested)
pc/                16 bit console version for MS-DOS
pc/                console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
pc/                console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/                sources for PC (with CR-LF)

unstable/unix/vim-7.0g-7.0.diff.gz           sources + runtime files
unstable/extra/vim-7.0g-7.0-extra.diff.gz    extra files
unstable/extra/vim-7.0g-7.0-lang.diff.gz     multi-language files


You should be able to do ":set spellang=xx" and Vim will offer you to
download spell files for "xx".

Mailing lists

For user questions you can turn to the Vim mailing list.  There are a
lot of tips, scripts and solutions.  You can ask your Vim questions, but
only if you subscribe.  See

If you want to help Vim development or get the latest patches, subscribe
to the vim-dev mailing list.  See

Subject specific lists:
Multi-byte issues:
Macintosh issues:

Before you ask a question you should search the archives, someone may
already have given the answer.

Reporting bugs

Send them to <[hidden email]>.  Please describe the problem precisely.
All the time spent on answering mail is subtracted from the time that is
spent on improving Vim!  Always give a reproducible example and try to
find out which settings or other things influence the appearance of the
bug.  Try starting without your own vimrc file: "vim -u NONE".  Try
different machines if possible.  See ":help bugs" in Vim.  Send me a
patch if you can!

If something needs discussing with other developers, send a message to the
vim-dev mailing list.  You need to subscribe first.

Happy Vimming!

Well, you come from nothing, you go back to nothing...  What have you
lost?  Nothing!
                                -- Monty Python: The life of Brian

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