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How to Save and Exit in VIM Editor? [Save VIM/ Exit VIM]

This tutorial will help you to understand how to save a file in vim editor and how to exit vim editor [Save VIM/Exit VIM Editor].

25 Aug, 21 by Antoniy Yushkevych 3 min Read

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Vim is one of the most reliable and powerful open-source text editors available for several operating systems. Commonly, the Vim text editor is also known as Vi. Initially, Bill Joy discovered this editor in the 1970s. At that time, Vi was short form for the visual editor

Vim is an extremely fast and efficient UNIX text editor. It is also inclusive in Linux and macOS. You can feel free to write or edit text with the help of this tool via a command-line interface or as an application. There are ample features and commands associated with Vim. Here, we are going to learn about how to save Vim and exit Vim methods.

Let’s dive in!

For starters, when you launch vim, by default, the file opens in the command mode. This tells you that you are not able to enter any new text, instead, you can edit or move the file.

If you wish to enter the text, switch on the insert mode. For that, you have to Press I and it will allow you to type any text in the file. 

Method 1: To save and quit in Vim, follow the below-listed steps:

Step 1: Initially move to the command mode. To do that, press the ESC key

Step 2: Now, press colon. In the bottom left corner, it directs you to the prompt bar 

Step 3: Type x and press enter. It will save vim and exit vim

Additionally, you can also accomplish this task by using a command. Take a look:


w = write (save)

q = quit

Now, there is another method to save a file in Vim editor, without exiting. Let us see how!

Method 2: If you want to save a file in vim and do not wish to exit in Vim, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press the ESC key to switch into the command mode

Step 2: Now, type colon. It takes you to the prompt bar as shown in the below listed screenshots:

Save VIM

Step 3: Type w and now press Enter. This helps you to make changes in the file without exiting from the text editor

Besides, you can also rename the file and to do so you have to follow the below-listed command.

:w [newfilename]

Here is a screenshot for you.

To execute this process we have to follow the below-given steps:

Step 1: You have to press the ESC key and you will move to the command mode.

Step 2: After that, you have to press colon to open the prompt bar

Step 3: Now, type q, and press enter to exit the text editor without saving any changes. 

Take a look at the screenshot in which we have been listed below.

Exit VIM

As we hope that you are now familiar with to know, How to save and quit vim editor? which we have been listed above in the various methods too. If yes then you can share it with others as well and can comment, If you have any suggestions via the below-given comment box. There are a lot of other keyboard shortcuts in Vim Editor. These were some of them. No wonder, Vim makes life easier for the developers by its simple commands and executions.

We hope that these methods will help you to understand save vim and exit vim editor.

Keep exploring, keep learning!

Antoniy Yushkevych

Master of word when it comes to technology, internet and privacy. I'm also your usual guy that always aims for the best result and takes a skateboard to work. If you need me, you will find me at the office's Counter-Strike championships on Fridays or at a.yushkevych@monovm.com