Vim is the most powerful and most popular of the vi clones currently in use. It is the default version of vi on most GNU/Linux systems.
Start in binary mode.
Execute command at startup (POSIX
version of the historical
Run in vi compatibility mode.
For the GUI version, stay in the foreground.
Start the GUI version of Vim, if Vim was compiled with support for the GUI.
Read the given viminfo file for initialization instead of the default viminfo file.
Open N windows, if given; otherwise, open one window per file.
-o, but split the windows
Don’t create a swap file: recovery won’t be possible.
Open a new tab for each file named on the command line.
Treat filename as the “quick fix” file.
Start in read-only mode, setting the
Enter batch (script) mode. This is only for ex and intended for running editing scripts (POSIX version of the historical “–” argument).
Read the given .vimrc file for initialization and skip all other normal initialization steps.
Read the given .gvimrc file for GUI initialization and skip all other normal GUI initialization steps.
Enter “easy” mode, which provides more intuitive behavior for beginners.
Enter restricted mode (same as having a leading
r in the name).
Vim lets you split the screen into multiple windows and control their size and placement.