I've installed Ubuntu Server but I have only vim.basic?

How do i install vim.full?

Tried with aptitude install vim but it said it's always installed.

Because vim is a soft link to vim.basic.

3 Answers 3


Try the vim-nox package if you do not need a GUI, else try vim-gnome or vim-gtk. There are a number of vim packages compiled with different feature-sets:

% apt-cache search vim | grep vim-
jvim-canna - Japanized VIM (Canna version)
jvim-doc - Documentation for jvim (Japanized VIM)
vim-addon-manager - manager of addons for the Vim editor
vim-gtk - Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor - with GTK2 GUI
vim-latexsuite - view, edit and compile LaTeX documents from within Vim
vim-nox - Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor
vim-scripts - plugins for vim, adding bells and whistles
vim-syntax-gtk - Syntax files to highlight GTK+ keywords in vim
vim-vimoutliner - script for building an outline editor on top of Vim
vim-common - Vi IMproved - Common files
vim-dbg - Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor (debugging symbols)
vim-doc - Vi IMproved - HTML documentation
vim-gnome - Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor - with GNOME2 GUI
vim-gui-common - Vi IMproved - Common GUI files
vim-runtime - Vi IMproved - Runtime files
vim-tiny - Vi IMproved - enhanced vi editor - compact version
vim-rails - plugins for vim to allow easier editing of Rails Applications
  • 8
    You can use apt-cache search -n vim to search only package names instead of piping the output into grep
    – Sam
    Sep 30, 2010 at 20:59
  • As was noted by @Johan (but to make it more obvious) on some older versions of Ubuntu there was a package called vim-full which could be installed. Oct 28, 2010 at 16:22
  • Afterwards You may need to change the link from /usr/bin/vim.tiny to /usr/bin/vim.full Use whereis vim to get more information
    – user119591
    Nov 19, 2014 at 18:09

This is what I usually install:

sudo apt-get install vim vim-scripts vim-doc vim-latexsuite vim-gui-common vim-gnome

In the past, there used to be a package called "vim-full"...


Run these commands in a terminal:

sudo apt-get build-dep gnome-vim
sudo apt-get install gnome-vim

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