I'm looking for a LaTeX IDE which has Vi plugin, but I haven't found any. I tried out vim-latex, but I couldn't find a way to install it. Thanks in advance.

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    What operating system are you working on? Also, there are installation instructions for Vim-LaTeX here.
    – Werner
    Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 3:48
  • @Werner: your link seems broken.
    – raphink
    Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 7:43
  • @Raphink: The link still works on my end. Alternatively, click here to visit the Vim-LaTeX homepage, and click on download - the installation instructions are listed here as well.
    – Werner
    Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 14:04
  • @Werner Grundlingh: either Linux or Windows works for me. Thanks.
    – Bao
    Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 19:05
  • Besides the well-known vim-latex suite, there also is the smaller, but nice latex-box plugin for vim.
    – Daniel
    Commented Jul 1, 2013 at 11:22

4 Answers 4


Kile has vim mode, as it uses kate as the editing component. It can be set under Settings/Editing/Editor/Vi input mode.

It does not support all vim features, but I found it good enough for what I needed (i.e. usual way to type/search/copy/move/...)

  • There's something ugly and clunky-seeming about Kile to me, at least on Ubuntu where I'm using it. The colour schemes come out wrong, there's a horrible sound each time a notification pops up. I'm sticking with TexStudio, hang the Vi keybindings.
    – LondonRob
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 14:08
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    Do not forget to change Input Mode to "Vi Input Mode" in Settings->Editor->Editing-General under Input Mode
    – dgruending
    Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 9:37

Here's how I installed the vim latex-suite on Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install vim-latexsuite

sudo vim-addons -w install latex-suite
  • Thanks for the edit Martin- I wasn't sure if I should use a code block, as it wasn't TeX. I'll know for next time!
    – cmhughes
    Commented Jul 26, 2011 at 15:17
  • That's a lot Martin ;)
    – Bao
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 5:41

You can now edit LaTeX documents in Visual Studio Code using the LaTeX Workshop extension.

When combined with the Vim extension, you can edit LaTeX documents using Vim, alongside all the other perks of VS Code.


There is also another option. Emacs with plugins evil and auctex. With this combination you can get all main features to edit latex documents with vim key-bindings

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