I want to install and override the current vim version in Mountain Lion due to me needing +ruby & +python support. I am particularly interested in using the brew commands from Homebrew but I haven't seen a current best practice procedure for it (or even a bundled recipe covering vim). I am open to other ways to accomplish buildig +ruby and +python into vim.


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I would install Homebrew with

ruby <(curl -fsSkL raw.github.com/mxcl/homebrew/go)
brew install macvim --override-system-vim

It has Ruby and Python support and will effectively replace the original Vim without actually deleting it (because the Homebrew one will be in /usr/local). Follow the directions afterward about linking the GUI app to /Applications.


Best setup I've seen yet is YADR:


Uses zsh, ruby, vim, etc all nicely configured, and very customizable.

  • Looks like an awesome setup, but it won't help actually getting a featureful Vim installed. See my answer. Commented Aug 22, 2012 at 23:03
  • Actually, it includes an awful lot of really useful vim packages, add-ons, etc. Totally transformed my use of it.
    – Alex
    Commented Aug 22, 2012 at 23:20
  • But it won't add Ruby or Python support to a binary that doesn't include it. Commented Aug 22, 2012 at 23:33

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