Linux operation Chapter VI and VIM editor



All Linux systems come with VI text editor.
VIM has the ability of program editing, which can be seen as an enhanced version of VI. it can actively distinguish the correctness of syntax by font color, which is convenient for program design. Code completion, compilation and error jump and other convenient programming functions are particularly rich, which are widely used in programmers.

Three common modes

  • Normal mode / general mode
    Open a file with vim and go directly to normal mode (this is the default mode). In this mode, you can use the up, down, left, right buttons to move the cursor. You can use delete character or delete whole line to process the file content. You can also use copy and paste to process your file data. Shortcut keys are available in normal mode.
  • Insert mode / edit mode
    Pressi(insert), I, o, O, a, A, r, RWait for any letter before entering edit mode. Generally speaking, pressiThat’s fine
  • Command line mode
    In this mode, you can provide relevant instructions to complete the actions of reading, saving, replacing, leaving VIM, displaying line number, etc!

Mode switching

Linux operation Chapter VI and VIM editor

Shortcut key

Cursor positioning movement

  • The cursor is positioned at the beginning or end of the file

    GG file header
    G (Shift + G) end of file
  • Beginning or end of line

    ^The beginning of the line
    $end of line
  • Move to specified line

    : nmobile number line n

Delete or cut

  • Delete specified character

    X delete the character at the cursor position
    Nx removes n characters from the position of the cursor
    #Or use the backspace key to delete in edit mode
  • Delete entire line

    DD delete single line
    NDD delete n rows

    ddIt’s both deleting and cutting. The deleted content has been put into the cutting board

  • shear
    useddAfter deletion

    P paste to the back of the cursor
    P (large) pastes in front of the cursor
  • Delete from the cursor line to the end of the file

    DG, D is delete, G is the end of the file


YY copy single line
NYY copy n rows

You can still paste after copying,porP (large)


U undo, which can be undone until the file is opened
CTRL + R reverses the revocation and can return to the last operation state


R replaces the character at the cursor
R enter replace mode, direction key movement can replace any position character


/Look down from the line where the cursor is
?         Look up from the line where the cursor is

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