Installing Vim in a Docker Container

greenteabiscuit profile image Reishi Mitani ・1 min read

I just realized that my docker container did not have vim installed, and had to google some commands.

All you need to do is run the commands below in the container. These commands are mainly used in Ubuntu containers.

apt-get update
apt-get install vim

In case of CentOS, the commands below will work.

yum install vim

Lastly for Alpine:

apk update
apk add vim

If you want to directly write the commands in the Dockerfile:

FROM ubuntu

RUN ["apt-get", "update"]
RUN ["apt-get", "install", "-y", "vim"]


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Shubham Khandare

That's great you figured it out.
But most of the containers come with vi which is sufficient for basic editing.

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Matt Kenefick

In my experience, most docker containers are intentionally stripped to their bare minimum and will not come with vim.

When you do install vi, note that you can use vim-tiny to reduce footprint.