How to use vi Editor on VPS Linux 6, 7


The editor vi (visual editor shorthand) is a screen editor that is available on almost all Unix systems. the vi editor is a fast and powerful visual to edit the various configuration files for example for managing your servers, for example an Unmanaged VPS with Linux OS without using the web-based panel and all you need is an SSH terminal client with the root account. More about vi and vi developer Billy Joy.

Vi Command Linux VPS
Vi Command Linux VPS

A short tutorial how to use vi editor on Linux, where in this guide you can learn the command-command is most commonly used when editing text file using vi editor. This simple post can you learn to learn to use the vi editor to edit the configuration files for the client to manage your VPS hosting.

The use of Basic vi. To start using vi, type as following example, then Enter

# vi nama_file.conf

After the file is open for editing, or start the insert type


To exit the insert mode or edit mode, press


After coming out of insert mode, to save the results of the edit at once out of the vi editor, press

ZZ or type: wq

But if you just want to keep but still not want to exit from the vi editor, type


Whereas, to exit without saving


As for searching for words/characters in the Previous line


Examples of the use of e.g. type/date, then enter:


To search for words/characters in the Next line


To return to command mode


To delete 1 line type dd command mode when [on the line you want to delete.


For other orders please look at manual vi through command prompt

man vi

I think, On Linux CentOS default text editor is vi that have been installed in the system. You may want to learn another text editor like vim, nano and pico editor. But in my opinion type vi quicker than typing the command editor