I downloaded color sample pack from http://vim.sourceforge.net/scripts/script.php?script_id=625

it says i should unzip and place it into ~/.vim but where is this folder? I tried unzip it to my usr/share/.vim folder but it is not working, I don't see themes added to gvim Edit>color scheme menu, and i tried "colorscheme sometheme", "color sometheme" in my gvimrc. Both not working for new themes

Isn't the ~/.vim should be the .vim folder in use/share? or I should create a new folder under home?

Note:there is a folder vim73 in my .vim, I guess this doesn't affect anything

thanks for any help!

1 Answer 1


~ always is your home folder (/Users/rororo for instance). If ~/.vim exists, that's where you'll find it. Unless you've used vim before, the folder likely will not already exist, so to create the folder, open Terminal.app and type

cd ~
mkdir .vim

Assuming you downloaded ColorSamplerPack.zip to your Downloads folder you can then proceed with

cd .vim
unzip ~/Downloads/ColorSamplerPack.zip

to unpack the content into the folder. A restart of gvim may be required afterwards.

On second thought, the same result can be accomplished by just opening Terminal.app and executing

unzip ~/Downloads/ColorSamplerPack.zip -d ~/.vim
  • cd ~ can be shortened to cd and is not usually necessary after just opening a Terminal. Feb 11, 2012 at 9:43
  • 2
    I would strongly suggest to actually do cd to be sure to be in the right place. For instance the terminal on Lion just remembers the last location when opening ...
    – Matteo
    Feb 11, 2012 at 9:55
  • When the folder exists, you can also navigate to it in the Finder using Go -> Go to Folder...
    – jackrabbit
    Feb 11, 2012 at 12:05

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