Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.3b BETA
Author: Bram Moolenaar et al.
This is a bugfix BETA release of Vim. Since Vim 6.2 hundreds of
reported problems have been fixed. Also included are new and updated
syntax files, translated menus and messages.
The main new feature are:
- Support for translated help files. The files themselves are available
separately, see http://www.vim.org/translations.php.
- More conversions are possible on Macintosh and MS-Windows without help
of the iconv library.
- Amiga binaries are included again. My Amiga was miraculously healed
from a harddisk problem.
- The Win32 self-installing exe now also includes vim.exe, the console
version. Despite that the file size is smaller than before, because
of using LZMA compression.
- When formatting text, marks are kept at the same position.
- Support for the NetBeans interface on MS-Windows.
- MS-Windows: Vim can run inside an MDI window of another application
(see ":help -P").
- Mousewheel support on the Macintosh.
Since the 6.3a release several problems have been fixed. The most
- The NSIS installer didn't work on Windows 98.
- Editing files on Windows 98 was impossible when 'encoding' was "utf-8".
- Win32: Characters not in the active codepage were not displayed
correctly in the window title and menus.
- A few files were missing, such as src/os_mac.c and the Russian tutor.
Once you have installed 6.3b BETA you can find details about the changes
since Vim 6.2 with ":help version-6.3". There is a long list of fixed
This is a BETA test version. Although most of the changes were already
released as patches and have been tested for a while, some problems may
appear. Please report everything that doesn't look right. Vim 6.3
should be the most reliable Vim ever!
What is Vim?
Vim is an almost 100% compatible version of the UNIX editor Vi. Many
new features have been added: Multi level undo, syntax highlighting,
command line history, filename completion, block operations, etc. Those
who don't know Vi can probably skip this message, unless you are
prepared to learn something new and useful. Vim is especially
recommended for editing programs.
Vim runs on almost any Unix flavor, MS-DOS, MS-Windows 3.1, MS-Windows
95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, OS/2, Atari MiNT, BeOS, VMS, RISC OS, Macintosh and
For more information, see http://www.vim.org.
This is also a great
place to find Vim tips and scripts!
Where to get it
Information about which files to download for what system:
All files can be found below this directory:
A list of mirror sites can be found here:
An overview of the files:
unix/vim-6.3b.tar.bz2 sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed
unix/vim-6.3b-rt1.tar.gz runtime files part 1
unix/vim-6.3b-rt2.tar.gz runtime files part 2
unix/vim-6.3b-src1.tar.gz sources part 1
unix/vim-6.3b-src2.tar.gz sources part 2
unix/vim-6.3a-6.3b.diff.gz diff between 6.3a and 6.3b
extra/vim-6.3b-extra.tar.gz extra files
extra/vim-6.3b-lang.tar.gz multi-language files
extra/vim-6.3a-6.3b-extra.diff.gz diff for extra files
extra/vim-6.3a-6.3b-lang.diff.gz diff for multi-language files
doc/vim63bhtml.zip help files converted to HTML
pc/gvim63b.exe self-installing, includes all runtime files
pc/vim63brt.zip runtime files (all of them)
pc/vim63blang.zip files for translated messages and menus
pc/gvim63b.zip GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
pc/gvim63bole.zip GUI binary with OLE support
pc/vim63bd16.zip 16 bits real mode - works on any system
pc/vim63bd32.zip 32 bits protected mode - needs 386 and DPMI
pc/vim63bw32.zip console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/vim63bsrc.zip sources for PC (with CR-LF)
amiga/vim63brt.tgz runtime files (always needed)
amiga/vim63bbin.tgz executable files
amiga/vim63bsrc.tgz sources packed for Amiga
(no binary yet, sorry)
For user questions you can turn to the Vim mailing list. There are a
lot of tips, scripts and solutions. You can ask your Vim questions, but
only if you subscribe. See http://www.vim.org/maillist.php.
is kept at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim.
If you want to help Vim development or get the latest patches, subscribe
to the vim-dev mailing list. An archive is kept at
Subject specific lists:
Multi-byte issues: vim-multibyte http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim-multibyte
Macintosh issues: vim-mac http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim-mac
Send them to <bugs@...
>. Please describe the problem precisely.
All the time spent on answering mail is subtracted from the time that is
spent on improving Vim! Always give a reproducable example and try to
find out which settings or other things influence the appearance of the
bug. Try starting without your own vimrc file: "vim -u NONE -U NONE".
Try different machines if possible. See ":help bugs" in Vim. Send me a
patch if you can!
If something needs discussing with other developers, send a message to the
vim-dev mailing list. You need to subscribe first.
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