Vim Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Vim for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Vim and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Vim are Notepad++ (Free, Open Source), Atom (Free, Open Source), Sublime Text (Free Personal) and Neovim (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 8, 2021

    1. VS Code is more than just a code editor, it provides the tools and extensions to compile, debug, compare, refactor, and even manage code repositories all within a highly-customised development environment.
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      Visual Studio Code vs Vim opinions
      Most users think Visual Studio Code is a great alternative to Vim.
      M_O_Z_G VSC has very good Vi extension what helps to mix Vi experience with well-integrated Microsoft solution.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

    2. Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
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      Notepad++ vs Vim opinions
      Most users think Notepad++ is a great alternative to Vim.
      Has lots of good features, including macros, search all open windows or all files in directories, syntax coloring for many programming languages, etc.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago


    3. Atom is an open-source, Electron based text editor with a massive ecosystem of plugins and themes that are easily accessible through a built-in package manager. Being built with Electron, it uses web technology (HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Node.
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      Atom vs Vim opinions
      Most users think Atom is a great alternative to Vim.
      fornve Atom is quick and light as vim, coder friendly.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    4. Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose - any kind of text file. You'll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features.
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      Most users think Sublime Text is a great alternative to Vim.
    5. Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: Simplify maintenance and encourage contributions. Split the work between multiple developers. Enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source.
      Neovim vs Vim opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Neovim is a great alternative to Vim.
      Semilin It's Vim except built with the future in mind, and certain backend improvements such as asynch processing
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      Clean, faster than Vim but based on that.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      daviwalle Neovim it's like Vim, but without packages that aren't needed
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      alerque Lots of cleanup to terminal handling, concurrency so plugins don't choke the UI.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      Neovim is "literally the future of Vim". Compatibility with Vim, but built from the ground up for asynchronous plugins. A good replacement for GVim is all that's missing.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      Nyquist It's basically Vim, but with improvements like plugins that don't halt the user interface. At least on Linux, I'd recommend Neovim over Vim.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      lukasfriedrich Its basically Vim, just better
      Positive comment about 4 years ago


    6. This repository contains a build file to generate FLOSS release binaries of Microsoft's VSCode.
    7. Geany is a small and lightweight Integrated Development Environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages.
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    8. GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing.
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      GNU Emacs vs Vim opinions
      Most users think GNU Emacs is a great alternative to Vim.
      Maybe much better than Vi? ;)
      Positive comment 5 months ago

    9. GNU nano is a small and friendly text editor. Besides basic text editing, nano offers many extra features like an interactive search and replace, go to line and column number, auto-indentation, feature toggles, internationalization support, and filename tab completion.
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      GNU nano vs Vim opinions
      Almost everyone thinks GNU nano is a great alternative to Vim.
      No where near the shortcut capabilities, and also no built-in syntax highlighting!
      Negative comment 5 months ago

    10. Official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment. Has syntax highlighting and is suitable for programming, with support for several languages. It is extensible with plugins.
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