I am trying to use Python in vim, but it doesn't work despite vim having the +python3 option.

:python print("hello")


E319: Sorry, the command is not available in this version

Question: How can this problem be fixed?

The :version command's output:

VIM - Vi IMproved 8.0 (2016 Sep 12, compiled Jun 06 2019 17:31:41)
Included patches: 1-1453
Modified by [email protected]
Compiled by [email protected]
Huge version without GUI.  Features included (+) or not (-):
+acl               -dnd               +listcmds          +postscript        +timers
+arabic            -ebcdic            +localmap          +printer           +title
+autocmd           +emacs_tags        -lua               +profile           -toolbar
-autoservername    +eval              +menu              -python            +user_commands
-balloon_eval      +ex_extra          +mksession         +python3           +vertsplit
+balloon_eval_term +extra_search      +modify_fname      +quickfix          +virtualedit
-browse            +farsi             +mouse             +reltime           +visual
++builtin_terms    +file_in_path      -mouseshape        +rightleft         +visualextra
+byte_offset       +find_in_path      +mouse_dec         -ruby              +viminfo
+channel           +float             +mouse_gpm         +scrollbind        +vreplace
+cindent           +folding           -mouse_jsbterm     +signs             +wildignore
-clientserver      -footer            +mouse_netterm     +smartindent       +wildmenu
-clipboard         +fork()            +mouse_sgr         +startuptime       +windows
+cmdline_compl     +gettext           -mouse_sysmouse    +statusline        +writebackup
+cmdline_hist      -hangul_input      +mouse_urxvt       -sun_workshop      -X11
+cmdline_info      +iconv             +mouse_xterm       +syntax            -xfontset
+comments          +insert_expand     +multi_byte        +tag_binary        -xim
+conceal           +job               +multi_lang        +tag_old_static    -xpm
+cryptv            +jumplist          -mzscheme          -tag_any_white     -xsmp
+cscope            +keymap            +netbeans_intg     -tcl               -xterm_clipboard
+cursorbind        +lambda            +num64             +termguicolors     -xterm_save
+cursorshape       +langmap           +packages          +terminal
+dialog_con        +libcall           +path_extra        +terminfo
+diff              +linebreak         -perl              +termresponse
+digraphs          +lispindent        +persistent_undo   +textobjects

2 Answers 2


The problem was solved.

The :python3 or :pythonx (:py3 or :pyx) should be used instead of the simple :python.

See :h python3 and :h pythonx.

So, :py3 print("hello") gives hello as expected.

Also, to see what version of Python is being used, do:

:pyx import sys
:pyx print(sys.version)

in my case it gives

3.6.9 (default, Nov  7 2019, 10:44:02)
[GCC 8.3.0]

Check :help if-pyth: you need to use :python3.

  • :h if-python gives E149: Sorry, no help for if-python. Also, :helpgrep if-python gives E480: No match: if-python.
    – MiniMax
    Feb 19, 2020 at 6:29
  • @MiniMax see edits
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Feb 19, 2020 at 13:07

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