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
NeovimVim-fork focused on extensibility and usability
HelixKakoune / Neovim inspired editor.
LapceModern editor in Rust which uses native GUI and GPU rendering
LunarVimIDE layer for Neovim
KakouneImplements Vi’s "keystrokes as a text editing language" model
NvChadNeovim config aiming to provide a base configuration
vileText editor that combines aspects of the Emacs and vi editors
VisCombining modal editing with structural regular expressions
gVimVim with a built-in GUI
ampVim-like editor written in Rust
VyVim-like in Python made from scratch
LeveeAlso known as Captain Video
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