I’m assuming you’d rather not compile Vim for Windows yourself. I don’t blame you. I tried it and it’s a nightmare.
These are manual steps, unfortunately. 🙁
For the best vim experience you should get the version compiled with Ruby and Python support.
Ruby and Python support does not necessarily mean that you will be coding in Ruby or Python, but many of the plugins that you will want to use require vim integration with Ruby and Python.
These instructions assume you are working in a Powershell console and that Chocolatey is installed.
choco install ruby -Version 188.8.131.52800
If you need other version of ruby, go ahead and install them now.
You only need to install uru if you are using multiple rubies. Rvm does not work on Windows and Pik is no longer supported. Uru works fine.
You’ll need to add your ruby installations to uru using
uru admin add /path/to/ruby/bin
choco install Python2
Now you are ready to install vim.
Unfortunately, the version available on Chocolately.org is hard to get to work with Ruby and Python on Windows.
However, Alexander Shukaev (Haroogan) has compiled a version that works nicely.
Extract the zip file where you want it and make sure the location of vim.exe is in the path before any other vims on your system (for example, if you have msysgit installed).
If this works, you should be able to execute the following commands in vim.
:echo has('ruby') => 1
:echo has('python') => 1
I keep my .vimrc file as a gist.
I clone it into my C:\git directory.
git clone https://gist.github.com/crmckenzie/4913add34cd30abd4b93 vimrc
Then I create a symlink from my $HOME directory to the vimrc file. This allows me to maintain the file across machines using git as a synchronization tool.
cmd /C mklink .vimrc C:\git\vimrc\.vimrc
The “cmd /C” section is necessary in Powershell because not all cmd.exe commands have been ported yet.
Vundle is a package manager for Vim. It uses github as a package source. This is about as easy as it gets 🙂
git clone https://github.com/gmarik/Vundle.vim.git ~/.vim/bundle/Vundle.vim
Open vim and run
This should download the bundles specified in .vimrc
I’ll maintain this documentation in my configure-win-dev-workstation repo.