The Vim SVN repository
NOTE: Vim 7.3 is not in SVN, use
Vim up to 7.2.446 can be obtained using
(SVN for short).
Subversion allows developers to maintain a single, controlled source
tree with multiple check-outs of individual files.
If you don't know how to use Subversion, you'll probably want to look
at the documentation. It is similar to CVS, but includes many
Browsing the Vim sources
You can browse the Subversion repository
online at SourceForge.
This shows the most recent version of the files in "vim7".
You can view diffs to find out what the latest changes are.
Documentation on accessing the repository can be found on the
SourceForge documentation page.
Obtaining Vim through Subversion
These are the simple instructions how to obtain the Vim files through SVN.
Use this when you have a reasonable fast internet connection and want to
compile Vim yourself.
It should work well on any system that supports SVN.
Note: The SVN repository is updated regularly,
but not immediately. Vim's SVN repository may be a few days
behind the head of development. For information on patching
Vim with the most up-to-date
patches, consult the
information on patches
Doing it for the first time
Go to a directory where you want the Vim source tree to appear. Use this
command to get the latest stable version of Vim (it is one line):
svn co https://vim.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/vim/vim7
This will create the "vim7" directory and download all the Vim files and
subdirectories into it.
You may get a warning about the certificate not being valid or untrusted.
You'll have to accept the certificate somehow (how depends on your svn client).
Complain to SourceForge if this bothers you.
Read the "vim/README.txt" file for how to compile Vim.
For Unix it's simply "cd vim/src; make".
Recent patches appear all the time. Change into the "vim7" directory and
include the changes with this single command:
You will get messages for all directories that are inspected and files that are
There are other versions available in the SVN reposository. Currently there is
no unstable version. If there was you would get this with:
svn co https://vim.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/vim/branches/vim7.x
To find out what other versions are available, use a browser to view