3.1 / 5 (15 votes)

1. Main Features

  • Vim with a convenient graphical interface for Mac
  • Support for dozens of programming languages
  • Highly customizable

2. Software Overview

MacVim is a source code editor for Mac that is based on the popular text editor for Unix, Vim (Vi improved). In addition to the features found in Vim, MacVim also includes a graphical interface that makes source code editing more convenient. MacVim is similar to gVim, which is available for Windows.

MacVim, like Vim and gVim, provides support for dozens of programming languages and is incredibly efficient for source code editing. Yet, Vim itself often takes a bit of time to get used to, since its hotkey system is counterintuitive to many. In order to make editing and saving easier, MacVim provides access to many of the hotkey functions through a menu bar and the program menu, reducing the barrier to entry for new programmers.

MacVim is an excellent source code editor. Unfortunately, with the release of Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, it is no longer supported and will not function. Still, users of OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 will find the program to be a great tool for their programming needs.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.VIMRC - Vim Runtime Configuration File
Other file extensions used by MacVim:

Updated: January 3, 2014

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