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As the title says, I want to use vim but I'm not allowed to download or install software from the Internet.

I'm on Windows 7, and have access to the following pre-installed software:

  • Chrome 37 (and extensions/apps/javascript are allowed)
  • IE 11
  • Office 2010 (and I can write my own macros)
  • Powershell 2.0

I got really really excited when I found vim.js, (source available here), but it looks like you still have to run a binary for vim (not really sure what the point if you have to run the binary.

I mainly want it for text editing; I'm not writing code.

What are my options?

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    Are you allowed to use anything off of a USB, portable software?
    – MC10
    Aug 7, 2015 at 17:41
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    portablegvim.sourceforge.net
    – DavidPostill
    Aug 7, 2015 at 17:50
  • gpl.internetconnection.net/vi "Now you can try out Vi and all its shortcut/macro goodness online with jsvi, a JavaScript-written clone of the basic Vi interface. It's obviously focused on code, carrying substitutions and spell checking for the most common languages, but it's a fun place to try out coding for newcomers, or for programmers to do a little quick hacking when they're away from their systems."
    – DavidPostill
    Aug 7, 2015 at 17:53
  • To those asking about running from a USB stick, no I can't do that (or AFAIK, I could get in trouble for running a binary application regardless of how I got it on there).
    – Jay
    Aug 7, 2015 at 18:40

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What are my options?

If you can run applications from a USB Stick try GVim Portable:

The GVim Portable Launcher allows you to run GVim from a removable drive whose letter changes as you move it to another computer. The program can be entirely self-contained on the drive and then used on any Microsoft Windows computer.

If you can run applications online, try:

  • http://www.compileonline.com/online_vi_editor.php:

    Online vi Editor - You can compile and run, execute your source html related to Java, JSP, Cold Fusion, C, C++, Pascal, Fortran, PHP, Perl, Ruby and Python programs onnline using your browsers, iPhone, iPad or any other online device like smart TV using this virtual Linux / Unix Server.

  • http://gpl.internetconnection.net/vi/:

    Now you can try out Vi and all its shortcut/macro goodness online with jsvi, a JavaScript-written clone of the basic Vi interface. It's obviously focused on code, carrying substitutions and spell checking for the most common languages, but it's a fun place to try out coding for newcomers, or for programmers to do a little quick hacking when they're away from their systems.

Both of the above online applications run on the latest Firefox, but I haven't performed any extensive testing.

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  • The second one seems to be what I'm looking for; I was even able to run it locally (in chrome of course). Now I just need to find a way to save to a given file.
    – Jay
    Aug 7, 2015 at 19:20
  • @Jay "Download Files" button, top right of screen ;)
    – DavidPostill
    Aug 7, 2015 at 20:22

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