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What is vim-cocoa?

vim-cocoa is a Mac OS X native vim GUI implementation in Cocoa, it started as a Google Summer of Code 2007 project, it's now maintaining by Jjgod Jiang <>.

What's the differences between the original vim, MacVim and vim-cocoa?

The original vim (checkout from vim official Subversion repository) only provides a Classic/Carbon based GUI for Mac OS X users, it lacks some important features and does not give us the best GUI experiences.

Thus, both MacVim and vim-cocoa started to alleviate this problem by reimplement the whole Mac GUI with Cocoa, MacVim started earlier, in 2006, but the author (Björn Winkler) didn't announce it at that time. After it's matured enough to be announced, vim-cocoa is already accepted as a Google Summer of Code project and I (Jjgod Jiang) already started coding, although these two projects started with the same goal, there are a lot of differences in their design decisions, which made their code base not so possible to merge together.

In short, MacVim is a more feature-rich, more Mac-integrated version, while vim-cocoa follows a more simple, lightweight and fast approach.

Nico Weber has a nice introduction on which MacVim does but vim-cocoa doesn't (I discussed a bit about my design goals for vim-cocoa too).

What's New?

0.3 beta 1


0.2 beta 3

0.2 beta 1


2009-04-17 Jjgod JiangUpdate cmake buildcoretextmaster
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangCMake related changes
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangMove README to upper level.
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangAdd a README file.
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangInitial work on CMake
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangAutomatically set encoding on init to avoid confusion
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangImprove marked text rendering / fixed a related bug.
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangFix part cursor drawing problem.
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangFix combined modifier problem.
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangFix -psn problem on launch in Finder.
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangAllow setting background transparency with 'transp...
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangImprove user experience on initialization
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangSolve a cursor redraw problem when right clicking.
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangTuned character position within a line.
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangBasic Core Text support.
2009-04-16 Jjgod JiangBuild fix for clang.
10 years ago 0.2b1
10 years ago 0.1 vim-cocoa 0.1 is the first release...
9 years ago master
9 years ago coretext
9 years ago cocoa