I tried to edit a zip file and change its content using the following commands

:set modifiable

But it returned the following error

W10: Warning: Changing a readonly file
55 substitutions on 10 lines
Press ENTER or type command to continue

After I pressed Enter nothing changed. Please guide me to solve this problem.


1 Answer 1


Vim ships with the zip plugin (:help pi_zip) that lets you automatically browse and edit the contents of the zip file. These browse buffers are read-only. In order to read the actual zip file, you need to use binary mode: $ vim -b archive.zip.

If you did use binary mode, the readonly buffer originates from the zip file's file system permissions. Sometimes you can force a write with :w!, else you have to first give your user write access ($ chmod +w archive.zip).

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