I'm running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. How can I check which version of vim I have installed?

Ideally I'd like to know a general solution for checking software versions via the command line.


The command:

vim --version

This is pretty standard for all unix executables.

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    It should be mentioned that this command should be entered in the terminal, not inside vim. And you should have vim added to your environment variables if you are on a Windows. – multigoodverse Nov 15 '15 at 17:06

or, just if you run vim already and want to know what you are in right now:

  • aha, this is also good to know--thanks! – Stew Jun 4 '10 at 17:09

In a terminal run vim --version ther version number is in the top line of output.


You can also just open a blank VIM document by typing vi or vim in your terminal. The welcome screen will state your version as well as other information.

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