Install Vim with Homebrew Python on OS X
For people that need full features of vim, the default installation of vim on Mac OS X is definitely not enough. For example, I need to use vim to post to this blog, which requires a version of vim with python support. I also prefer terminal version of vim to the GUI version, so MacVim is less desirable.
One way to get what I want is to compile a version of vim with homebrew. Homebrew does not officially have a vim fomula, because that would be a duplicate of the system version. Fortunately, we can grab an unofficial formula at
Also, you may want to install the latest homebrew python with the framework option:
In order for vim to use the homebrew version of python (2.7.3) instead of the system one (an old 2.6), we need to change a line and add a line in the downloaded formula (vim.rb) file:
Now install vim with the formula:
To check vim is using the correct version of python. Issue command in vim:
If we get something like this:
[GCC 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5666) (dot 3)]
Press ENTER or type command to continue
we are done!