Practice Makes Perfect With VIM Tutor

Practice is important when you are trying to master a new skill. This is why going through tutorials and testing your skills with practice is important. This s true when learning how to use command line tools under Linux. Take VIM for example, VIM is a command line editor that has been around since the early days of UNIX. It is per-installed on many Linux distributions by default. VIM is to popular that they built a tutor into the standard installation of VIM, it’s called VIM Tutor. The purpose of VIM Tutor is to help you learn VIM but most importantly it allows you to practice using VIM. Let’s take a look at how to use VIM Tutor.

How To Use VIM Tutor

Getting started with VIM Tutor is very easy and using it just as simple.

  1. Open up a terminal
  2. Type into the terminal vimtutor
  3. Follow the instructions and start learning.

What You Will Learn in VIM Tutor

It can take you about 30 minutes to go through the entire tutorial if it’s your first time. There are a total of 7 lessons which take you through the basics of using VIM. The lessons are meant to show you VIM concepts like editing a file, using the search function, and copying and pasting. If it’s your first time doing the tutor take your time and be sure to absorb the lessons.

Becoming a VIM Power User

The VIM Tutor is not meant to make you and expert on VIM. But if you take it seriously and learn all the basics it will be a great starting point. Remember taking the time to practice using VIM will make you more proficient. You can take a few minutes a day to go through a lesson and master it. Before you know it you will be using VIM like a pro!