When I open MacVim (installed with homebrew) in the GUI, the Explorer works as expected. But if I open "vim" in a terminal, I've got that message:

E492: Not an editor command: Explorer

But the netrw is installed. This is what return :scriptnames

4: /usr/local/Cellar/vim/7.4.712_1/share/vim/vim74/plugin/netrwPlugin.vim

vim --version

VIM - Vi IMproved 7.4 (2013 Aug 10, compiled Aug 14 2015 16:38:12)
MacOS X (unix) version

brew info macvim

macvim: stable 7.4-81, HEAD
GUI for vim, made for OS X
/usr/local/Cellar/macvim/7.4-77 (1905 files, 34M)
  Built from source
/usr/local/Cellar/macvim/7.4-81 (1918 files, 35M) *
  Built from source
From: https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew/blob/master/Library/Formula/macvim.rb
==> Dependencies
Recommended: cscope ✔
Optional: lua ✔, luajit ✘
==> Options
    Try to generate custom document icons
    Build with lua support
    Build with luajit support
    Override system vim
    Build with python3 support
    Build without cscope support
    Build without python support
    Install HEAD version
==> Caveats
.app bundles were installed.
Run `brew linkapps macvim` to symlink these to /Applications.
  • Try just vi. Also what do you get with which vim?
    – user14492
    Nov 9, 2015 at 18:23
  • vi bring me into vim and which vim gives /usr/local/bin/vim Nov 9, 2015 at 18:42
  • First try which -a vim, you should only get one path. My vim is installed at /usr/bin/vim. Open your file with full path of vim i.e. usr/bin/vim. I think you have a third party vim installed. vim comes pre-packaged with OS X, have a look in your .bashrc and .bashprofile the culprit should be there, creating an alias to the third party command.
    – user14492
    Nov 10, 2015 at 0:12
  • Yes, you're right, I've got 2 vim, and the one I launch is the one I installed with homebrew. I think I had some conflicts with my vim plugin and the built-in version of vim. But why my vim does'nt find the Editor when launched form the terminal ? I've updated my question with hombrew. Nov 11, 2015 at 10:03
  • Er, have you tried :Explore? Apr 29, 2020 at 18:47

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I had no .vimrc yet, when I added a .vimrc file, the Explorer worked without any problem.

But even without .vimrc or .gvimrc, the Explorer worked correctly in MacVim.


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