VI / Vim Print Line Numbers on Hardcopies / Printer

How do I print line numbers on the printer for my c / java / c++ code written using vi or vim text editor under Linux / UNIX like operating system?

Tutorial details
Difficulty level Easy
Root privileges No
Requirements vi/vim
Est. reading time N/A
To print line number on screen and hardcopies such as printer type the following two commands while vim / vi text editor is open:

set number
set printoptions=number:y

Make sure you add above two commands to your ~/.vimrc file; so that settings get loaded everytime you start the vim text editor.

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7 comments… add one
  • Giorgis May 31, 2008 @ 11:38

    Great tip, thanks guys (and google)

  • R Mar 4, 2009 @ 0:03


  • venkatakumar Nov 12, 2009 @ 13:45

    What is great tip , it working good.

  • venkatakumar Nov 12, 2009 @ 13:45

    what a great tip, it’s working…

  • waleking May 27, 2012 @ 6:19

    Thanks for your tip, it works very well!

  • Philippe Petrinko Apr 15, 2013 @ 13:28

    Good to remember, thanks Vivek.
    — Philippe

  • Shripad Lale Dec 20, 2016 @ 3:39

    Excellent tip! Thanks a lot!

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