Alternatives to popular CLI tools: vi

This article spotlights alternative tools to vi, a screen-oriented text editor originally created for the Unix operating system.

Man page for vi

Vim “Vi IMproved” offers many additional features to vi such as syntax highlighting, mouse support, graphical versions, visual mode, many new editing commands and a large amount of extension in the area of ex commands. Vim is included with almost every modern Linux distribution.

The software featured here is free and open source. All tools provide a command-line interface (CLI) unless otherwise stated.

Vim-like Text Editors
Neovim Vim-fork focused on extensibility and usability
Helix Kakoune / Neovim inspired editor.
Lapce Modern editor in Rust which uses native GUI and GPU rendering
LunarVim IDE layer for Neovim
Kakoune Implements Vi’s “keystrokes as a text editing language” model
NvChad Neovim config aiming to provide a base configuration
vile Text editor that combines aspects of the Emacs and vi editors
Vis Combining modal editing with structural regular expressions
gVim Vim with a built-in GUI
amp Vim-like editor written in Rust
Vy Vim-like in Python made from scratch
Levee Also known as Captain Video

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