Create File

Creating File

Executing vim [file-name] from the terminal will either create a new file or will open the file, if it currently exists.

From the home directory enter:

vim temp-file.txt

Upon executing the command a new file named temp-file.txt will be created and the vim text editor will be opened taking over your entire terminal.

vim temp-file.txt output

Note the file is empty, which makes sense as the file was just created. The file name is listed at the bottom of the terminal window: "temp-file.txt" [New File]. This is standard behavior for creating a new file using vim.

When a file is opened vim will be in Normal mode by default.

The next article will show how to write and quit the file.