i installed macvim with

brew install macvim
brew link macvim
brew linkapps

i am on os x el capitan, but had same problem on yosemite

if i go to /usr/local/Cellar/macvim/7.4-80/bin and execute macvim script from there, it works fine and opens a new window

command-line vim works fine.

but if i launch MacVim from Applications, it doesnt do anything. i can access macvim preferences/file menu, i can call open file dialog, but edit window doesnt open when i choose a file!

ok, there is open issue about this: https://github.com/macvim-dev/macvim/issues/109

  • Try this: defaults write org.vim.MacVim MMLoginShell -bool NO. Does it work? Commented Oct 28, 2016 at 6:36

1 Answer 1


If your .bash_profile has any shell command that spawns a new shell, it probably is the culprit. Try run:

defaults write org.vim.MacVim MMLoginShell -bool NO

If it works, you can look at the technical details here.

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