I want to know the basics of vi editor because I am new to linux and currently I am using ubuntu 16.04.

  • <esc>:q! To close the file without saving.
  • <esc>:wq To close the file with saving.

Those are the first two commands that I teach people who need to use VIM in a pinch. They are useful, and provide a base for understanding the use of the <esc> key and : commands.

As Christian mentioned in his comment, VimTutor is probably the best way to learn VIM. Just type vimtutor at the CLI and follow the instructions on the screen.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.