iVim is a project that brings the vim editor to the iOS system.
It is open source, please visit the App Support URL.
Besides some system and embedded monospace fonts, iVim allows users to import and use their own custom fonts. Moreover, iVim supports to render ligatures if your font provides beautiful ones.
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. With the native modifier keys mapping option from the system, you can even make the "caps lock" key act both as "ctrl" and "esc" in iOS 13.4 and above.
iVim includes some useful external commands that you are familiar with and integrates powerful scripting languages such as Python and Lua. With +terminal feature enabled and a simple shell named "ivish" included, you can run the commands in terminal windows like on a computer.
Plugins management (In App Purchase required)
iVim provides a plugins manager, "iplug", for you to install and manage plugins easily.
Version control (iVim Pro required)
iVim has native version control system integrated into its UI and workflow, you get better idea of what is happening to your files, make changes with more confidence, and collaborate in editing more conveniently than ever.
iVim provides a monthly subscription (with an introductory 1 week free trial), named "iVim Pro", enabling extra great features:
- native version control
Subscriptions will be charged to your Apple ID account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless it is cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. You can manage or cancel your subscriptions in Account Settings on App Store after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if any, will be forfeited when the user purchase a subscription.
Type ":help ios" in iVim for more detailed information.
Added support of hardware keyboard key "del" in i(Pad)OS 15.0 (":h ios-external-keyboard");
Fixed that some inputs from a hardware keyboard would malfunction in i(Pad)OS 15.0.
Please visit the App Support URL to report issues or provide suggestions.
If you like iVim, please spare some time to give her a rating or review.
Ratings and Reviews
best text editor on IOS
nuf said really---it's vim, what do you expect?
With a keyboard on my ipadI feel like i'm right at home on my linux machine. It works seamlessly, almost too well for something on IOS. It includes all the 3000 something pages of vim documentation, all the scripting capability of vimscript, and all the customizability of vim. If you are a seasoned vim user I recommend you import your .vimrc file and whatever plugins you use regularly. Being on IOS, which sandboxes pretty much everything, some functionalitly is lost and as mentioned in other reviews: the automatic memory management on IOS causes some issues after suspending the app---it's better to save before you leave just so nothing happens to you files.
It's ironic that this is objectively the best text editor on IOS, and it developed before IOS was a thing… really makes you think.
Anyway TLDR; this is vim, and this is the best app on the app store. Kudos to the kind people who ported it to IOS. Thanks!
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.
By Far the best
iVim has literally changed how I use an iPad. Having used Vim in some form or another over the past decade, I’d become discouraged to ever use iOS as a productivity machine. Then iOS 13.4 happened, allowing us to remap tab to escape (an essential Vim key). This combined with iVim was one of the key factors for me to purchase a new iPad Pro and use it as my primary writing device.
Seriously, if you use Vim at all, iVim is an essential app.
Also, the latest update fixed Sharing, allowing me to easily tap on a file in the Files app, and have it automatically open in iVim. It’s great!
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- Terry Zhou
- 185.2 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- © Boogaloo 2017-2021
- In-App Purchases
- Auto Restore $3.99
- Plugins Manager $4.99
- iVim Pro $4.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.