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created 2004 · complexity basic · author Charles E. Campbell, Jr. · version 6.0

This tip is deprecated for the following reasons:

''This tip is obsolete: use Mercurial instead; see building Vim and using Mercurial.

Do you want the latest, official syntax highlighting files, runtime scripts, documents, macros, language support, plugins, etc? See

Patches and whatnot are distributed on vim-dev, but typically don't contain the updates to files in the directories above. If you're having a problem with syntax highlighting, for instance, check the syntax repository above just in case its been fixed already.

In my own case, I put experimental versions of syntax highlighting files and plugins that I maintain here, such as netrw.vim (netrw v46a now supports remote directory listing for example).


If you have rsync installed, you can use it to synchronize your runtime files. I use it to keep my "master" runtimes up-to-date, currently at ~/.build/vim/vim72/runtime/, as follows (the "parent" vim72 directory being the current directory):

rsync -avzcP --delete --exclude="/dos/" ./runtime/

On Linux, I follow that by a make installruntime step if anything other than tags has been updated.

Note: Even on Windows, where I expect rsync to be available at least via Cygwin and/or MinGW and/or GnuWin32, I recommend downloading the "Unix" runtimes; even Vim for Windows can source them with no problem. It's true that Notepad cannot display them correctly, but Wordpad can. — Tonymec 05:45, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

An alternative is to use an ftp mirroring tool (e.g. the fmirror tool [link dead, fmirror seems to be abandoned now]). To use this script, change into the vimXX/runtime directory directory and run this:

/usr/bin/fmirror -k \
 -l $HOME/src/vimXX/runtime \
 -p \
 -r /pub/vim/runtime \
 -s \
 -S -V3

After having updated the runtime files change into the vimXX/src directory (or whatever version we're at) and do a "make installruntime".

Note, replace the vimXX by whatever version of vim you are using (e.g. 73 for Vim version 7.3)