Setting up .vim directory

vim settings are important for every vim user and you shouldn’t have to use a vanilla vim setup just because you ssh into a VM or set up a new computer. Since most vim settings have zero personal data, the  most convenient thing to do is to upload your vim directory+settings onto the internet for the world to bask in your glory and for you to pull down to any computer.

Creating a .vim directory

In your root directory, create a ~/.vim directory with an initial ~/.vim/.vimrc file

$ mkdir ~/.vim && touch ~/.vimrc

Feel free to add any vim settings you like, heres a couple to start

" This turns on syntax highlighting
syntax on
" This maps jj to the <Ecs> key in insert mode
:imap jj <Ecs>

Your directory should look like this

| .vim

|– .vimrc


vim will source the file ~/.vimrc and since our real config is located in our .vim directory, we will need to create a symlink that links our ~/.vim/.vimrc to ~/.vimrc.

$ ln -s ~/.vim/vimrc ~/.vimrc

Once you run the line above, you will have a symlink in your root directory that points to your ~/.vim/.vimrc and any file changes you make to either will “update” on both.


Its incredible to have your .vim directory uploaded to Github so create a new repository called .vim

Initialize your .vim directory, add the remote branch and push your first commit.

Check out my ongoing .vim at

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