Vim is an open-source, powerful and configurable text editor. Vim is designed for use both from a command-line interface and as a standalone application in a graphical user interface.



Integration process consists of these steps:

  1. Open system Terminal and install PlatformIO Core (CLI)

  2. Create new folder for your project and change directory (cd) to it

  3. Generate a project using PlatformIO Core Project Generator (pio project init --ide)

  4. Import project in IDE.

Project Generator

Choose board ID using pio boards or Embedded Boards Explorer command and generate project via pio project init --ide command:

pio project init --ide vim --board <ID>

Recommended bundles:

Put to the project directory Makefile wrapper with contents:

# Uncomment lines below if you have problems with $PATH
#SHELL := /bin/bash
#PATH := /usr/local/bin:$(PATH)

        pio -f -c vim run

        pio -f -c vim run --target upload

        pio -f -c vim run --target clean

        pio -f -c vim run --target program

        pio -f -c vim run --target uploadfs

        pio -f -c vim update

Pre-defined targets:

  • Build - Build project without auto-uploading

  • Clean - Clean compiled objects.

  • Upload - Build and upload (if no errors)

  • Upload using Programmer see Upload using Programmer

  • Upload SPIFFS image see Using Filesystem

  • Update platforms and libraries - Update installed platforms and libraries via pio update.

Now, in VIM cd /path/to/this/project and press Ctrl+B or Cmd+B (Mac). PlatformIO should compile your source code from the src directory, make firmware and upload it.


If hotkey doesn’t work for you, try to add this line nnoremap <C-b> :make<CR> to ~/.vimrc

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