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Vi / Vim: Save And Quit The Editor Command

I am a new vi (vim) text editor user. How do I quit the vi editor and save my changes under Linux or Unix like operating systems?

Tutorial details
DifficultyEasy (rss)
Root privilegesNo
Requirementsvi / vim
Estimated completion timeN/A
To save and quit the vi or vim editor with saving any changes you have made:

If you are currently in insert or append mode, press Esc key.

Press : (colon). The cursor should reappear at the lower left corner of the screen beside a colon prompt.

Enter the following command (type :x and press Enter key):






This will quit the editor, and all changes you have made to the document will be saved to the file.

Fig.01: Vi / vim save and quit demo.

Fig.01: Vi / vim save and quit demo.

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  • aref ghobadi August 16, 2015, 12:25 pm


    w!= save without exiting
    q!= exit without saving

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