iVim is a project that brings the vim editor to the iOS system.

It is open source, please visit the support URL.

Font management

Besides some system and embedded monospace fonts, iVim allows users to import and use their own custom fonts. Also, iVim provides commands for more intuitive and efficient font management.

Extended keyboard

By introducing compact buttons, iVim covers as many keys as possible in its extended keyboard, so that you can input symbols without switching among key groups. Moreover, you can customize it to meet your own special needs.

Multistage language input

iVim adds support to multistage input languages such as Chinese or Japanese.


Through sharing, iVim makes its editing power available to more apps. Via the share extension, iVim can import text or text files from, or export to other apps. Via the document picker, you can also import or edit files or directories in iCloud Drive or documents providers, without leaving iVim.

External hardware keyboard

iVim supports external hardware keyboards well, just connect your favorite one to the device and start typing. If you are using a standard English keyboard, you can remap the "caps lock" key, too.

Type ":help ios" in iVim for more detailed information.

What’s New

Version 1.52

Fixed a potential problem that iOS might automatically clean auto-restore records (this fix will reset the existing records, sorry for the inconvenience);
Fixed conflicts between auto-restore and the share sheet related functions;
Fixed a problem that some external files might become outdated after auto-restored;
Other bug fixes and feature improvements.

In recent major update:
Now iVim restores the last editing session automatically on launch after an app termination (see ":h ios-auto-restore", added as an IAP item in the support package);
Now iVim will try and clean leftover swap files on each launch;
Added an In-App Purchase package to support iVim's continuous maintenance (see ":h ios-iap");

Please visit the support URL to report issues, provide suggestions or share your wonderful configurations.

If you like iVim, please spare some time to give her a rating or review.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

tinyapps ,

Blazing fast search of large text files

I tried a slew of other text editors and word processing apps, but they were all dog slow when searching a large text file. iVim search of the same file was instantaneous. I created a .vimrc file in the home directory and set it to open the same large file on every launch along with case insensitive search enabled. Simply a delight to use. Terry, thanks so much for crafting this; please consider adding a way to donate via IAP.

Alex Hinnant ,

A very “literal” port of a truly classic piece of software

iVim does a fantastic job at bringing the power and flexibility of VIM to iOS. However, the problem with the port is that no adjustments have been made to really fit the software into iOS. For example, the app doesn’t seem to know how to cope with iOS’s automatic memory management; if you leave the app and iOS closes it to reclaim system resources, when you open it again everything will be gone. Also, I don’t know if it’s possible or not, but at the very least I personally have not been able to get any plugins to work due to iOS’s sand boxing.

Right now, with the selection for developer-oriented tools on the App Store so limited, iVim still stands out, however in my opinion it is only a stopgap. What iPad really needs is a text editor with the power and flexibility of VIM built from the ground up for iOS. Whether that’s an iOS version of Sublime Text or Atom, or something entirely new.

Carmen Lee ,

Absolutely amazing!

It is an amazing app and I would definitely love to pay for it!
One thing though - it would be great to have the documentation elsewhere on the Internet other than having to use ‘help ios’ and scroll down all the time. It would help the beginners immensely!
Thank you so much for making this awesome app. Now I can occasionally replace my laptop with my iPad!


Terry Zhou
50 MB

Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Boogaloo 2017-2019
In-App Purchases
  1. Auto Restore $3.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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