Vim Essentials - One Hour to Proficiency (Free Vim Tutorial)

Master the core essentials of Vim without spending hours learning material you may never use again. Great for students!
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (606 ratings)
8,995 students
52min of on-demand video

Master the essentials of VIM without hours of material you'll possibly never use again.
Be able to read and edit files with ease.
Have the skills to write code using Vim.
How to use Vimdiff to compare two files side-by-side.
Refresh your Vim skillset if you are experience with Vim but want a review.


  • Have access to a Linux CLI or MacOS terminal (optional).


Looking for a good (and free) Vim tutorial? Vim is a lightweight, powerful editor, but most users do not need all that Vim has to offer. The Vim essentials taught in this course may be all you really need to know to be successful in your work or for personal use. The benefit of this course is that the most high-value content for new Vim users is packaged to fit your time schedule and is delivered to you in only one hour.

Throughout the course, quizzes and exercises will help you commit to memory the material, so you'll be ready to use your new skills right away. From there, you'll be well-equipped to continue learning advanced Vim topics at your leisure and on an as-needed basis. 

I've been a Network Engineer/Linux user for almost eight years and I've never used any Vim commands besides those taught in this course, and I use Vim almost every day. I use Vim for creating and modifying scripts, config files, and other settings on Linux machines. If that also describes you, or you're an aspiring learner, then I'm confident this is all you need to learn the essentials of Vim.

This course is also great as a Vim refresher.

Good luck with your learning, and thank you for taking my course!

Who this course is for:

  • I.T. professionals who are looking to level up their game.
  • Students of Linux.
  • Aspiring technologists who want to become more familiar and proficient with Linux or Vim.
  • Developers who want to use Vim for coding but have little or no familiarity with Vim.


Network Engineer
Joseph Call
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 606 Reviews
  • 8,995 Students
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Hello. I'm Joseph Call, and I'm excited to create content for Udemy. Over the past eight years I've been honing my I.T. skills primarily within network engineering and I'm also a heavy Linux user. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Information Technology and currently work for a large software company in the U.S. I'm also working on an MBA and Master's degree in Information Systems.

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