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Turn on syntax coloring in Mac OS X

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created July 11, 2002 · complexity basic · author Mario Martinez · version 6.0

This tip is actually for Vim 6.1. To turn on syntax coloring in Mac OS X enter the following commands, or place them in your vimrc:

:set term=builtin_beos-ansi
:syntax on


Note that this is only an issue for Vim in a Terminal window, not for the GUI version, and that it will only work if support for beos-ansi is compiled in. For pre-compiled versions for Mac OS X, see

There are some further OS X FAQ's on my page,

'syntax enable' also works fine.

For Mountain Lion in vim use:

:set term=builtin_ansi
:syntax on

Or in your ~/.vimrc:

set term=builtin_ansi
20 syntax on

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