To install Vem, just clone the source from GitHub and execute the Makefile inside:

git clone
cd vem
sudo make install

Now the command vem should be available in your terminal.


The only requirement to run Vem is to have Vim 7.4 or greater installed in the system.

You can easily check if you have Vim installed in your system by running the command:

vim --version

If vim is installed, this will also display the version and which features are enabled in it. Most Unix/Linux systems come with Vim already pre-installed. However, in some cases, the installed package is not the latest version or it is a minimal package that lacks some of the features offered by the full editor.

If vim is not installed or it is not a full version, you can install directly from the repositories of your Linux distribution:


sudo apt install vim


sudo dnf install vim


sudo pacman -S vim


sudo zypper -n install vim

Or using brew in the case of MacOS:


brew install vim

Execution without installation

You can also execute Vem without having to install it in the system. Just clone the source code:

git clone

And then execute vim passing the path to the main configuration file in Vem:

vim -u vem/vemrc

Since Vem is just a collection of configuration files for Vim, with the -u option, you can tell Vim to use them directly.