I am trying to use vim as the external editor for It's All Text! within Firefox. This works fine for standard http:// web pages, but when I try to use it within TiddlyWiki, 89 instances of vim are opened. I am guessing that the difference is that the TiddlyWiki page is a file on my local file system. I also created a simple html file and had the same problem. Is there a way around this problem?

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I am on Windows Vista if that makes a difference.

  • I am on Windows Vista, if that makes a difference. Nov 20 '09 at 15:36
  • hmm, difficult, interesting question. I'll fave it and follow progress if you don't mind Nov 20 '09 at 20:43
  • Also fave'd, I had the same thing happen to me on XP, but not every time. I had to kill all vim processes and restart Firefox to get my system back. Nov 21 '09 at 21:38

Try the vimperator plugin for firefox. Hitting CTRL+i within a textarea form will vim start as external process. This works almost everywhere - at least where I tried.

  • This doesn't really answer the question, but that does work for me and I have already been using and loving vimperator, so it accomplishes the goal of using vim as the external editor for a local html file. Thanks. Nov 27 '09 at 6:27

It was a bug in previous versions of It's All Text!. Get the newest version; if there is still a bug, please report it via http://trac.gerf.org/itsalltext


FYI: I'm the author of "It's All Text!".


Try pentadactyl instead of vimperator. Millions of light-years better.


Sounds like a bug in It's All Text


As of Firefox version 56+ many of the current extensions out there stopped working.

Another SU question pointed me towards wasavi.

Although no longer listed on the Firefox addons store it can still be installed manually:

  • Download the latest version via the "Latest and unstable version of wasavi for Firefox" link under the How to install section in the Wasavi README
  • Unzip the downloaded file, you should find a wasavi.xpi file
  • Navigate to the Firefox addons page (about:addons)
  • Drag wasavi.xpi into the Firefox addons page
  • Click the "Add" button in the prompt that appears

You can now use vim navigation keys in any text box by focusing the text box and hitting Ctrl + Enter.

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