Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm looking in to learning emacs or vim. I started out with emacs but found the need for a meta key to be a hassle, especially since I have a non-english keyboard layout on my macbook.

So far I haven't seen any references to meta in vim, so my question is: Can I live without meta in vim?

If so that'll settle the vim vs. emacs question for me, otherwise I'll just have to learn to live with some workaround.

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 1 down vote accepted

There are no internal key bindings that use the meta key in Vim, but—with some caveats—it can be mapped.

share|improve this answer
Thanks! Vim it is then! –  Erika Mar 10 '11 at 18:57

NB: With vim, mapping to is a real P.I.T.A. With gvim I naver had any troubles.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.