How to use vi editor in Termux?

The vi editor is a text editor that is commonly used in Unix-like operating systems, including Linux and Termux. vi is a powerful and flexible text editor, but it can be difficult to use for users who are not familiar with its commands.

To use vi in Termux, you can follow these steps:

  1. Open vi by typing the vi command followed by the name of the file you want to edit. For example, to create and edit a new file named “example.txt”, you can use the following command:
vi example.txt

This will open the vi editor with an empty file named “example.txt”.

  1. To enter text into the file, you need to switch to “insert” mode. You can do this by pressing the i key.
  2. Type the text you want to add to the file.
  3. To save the file and exit vi, you need to switch back to “command” mode. You can do this by pressing the Esc key. Then, type :wq and press Enter to save the file and exit vi, or type :q! and press Enter to exit without saving.

Here are some basic vi commands that may be useful:

  • i: Enter insert mode.
  • Esc: Exit insert mode and return to command mode.
  • :w: Save the file.
  • :q: Quit vi.
  • :wq: Save the file and quit vi.
  • :q!: Quit vi without saving.

There are many other vi commands available, and you can use the :help command to display a list of available commands and learn more about how to use vi.


I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

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