- Last Updated: 10/23/17
- OS: Ubuntu 16.04
I ran into some issues while attempting to install the Atom One Dark theme for vim. The vim currently available in apt-get on 16.04 is
7.4.1689, a version predating the addition of 24-bit color to vim. 24-bit color is a requirement for the theme, so it was time to get a newer version of vim.
Note: your terminal emulator needs to support 24-bit 'truecolor' as well as vim. Mosh doesn't support 24-bit color, but regular ssh does.
Check your vim version:
$ vim --version
Vim version must be >
There is a
pkg-vim/vim-daily ppa, but as of 8/23/16, this is broken:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pkg-vim/vim-daily $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install vim
If you do try this, you can remove the broken ppa with:
$ sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:pkg-vim/vim-daily
We'll go ahead and compile vim from source.
Compile vim on Ubuntu 16.04
First, remove any existing vim installs:
$ sudo apt-get remove --purge vim vim-runtime vim-gnome vim-tiny vim-common vim-gui-common
You will need ruby installed if you want to enable the ruby interpreter. You can either remove the
--enable-rubyinterp from the
./configure line below, or install ruby. You can use a package manager (like rbenv or rvm), but I just installed from source.
# Clone the source $ git clone https://github.com/vim/vim.git ~/vimsrc $ cd ~/vimsrc/src
Install dependencies (Lua and vim-nox are needed for neocomplete):
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev liblua5.1-dev luajit libluajit-5.1 vim-nox ruby-dev python-dev
$ ./configure --with-features=huge --enable-rubyinterp --enable-pythoninterp --enable-luainterp --enable-largefile --with-luajit --enable-fail-if-missing $ make -j"$(nproc)" $ sudo make install
Enable 24-bit color in your
Now you can use 24-bit color in vim and install themes like onedark.vim.