How do I exit the VIM text editor on a Linux/Unix-like operating systems? How to exit Vim editor?

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Vi or vim is a text editor for Linux and Unix-like operating systems. It can be used to edit all kinds of plain text files. It is especially useful for editing programs, scrpits or system configuration files located in /etc/ or /usr/local/etc/ directories.
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In this context, we shall look into how to use the VIM text editor.

How to exit VIM text editor in Linux ?

The process to quit vim/vi text editor is shown below;
i. First, you need to switch to command mode. This can be done by hitting the Esc key. Next, you can type the following commands:
ii. :q to quit.
iii. :q! to quit without saving data/file.
iv. :x save and quit.
v. :qa to quit all open files.
vi. Please note that whenever you type :, a vim or vi : will appear at the bottom of the screen. You need to type the rest of the command at the bottom of the screen.

Now, we will see some instances to exit from vim session.

1. How to exit vim editor in terminal ?

To do this;
i. Press the Esc key.
ii. Type :
iii. Next, type q
iv. Hit the Enter key

2. How to quit from Vi editor in Linux ?

To do this, follow the steps below;
i. You can press the Esc key.
ii. Type SHIFT Z Z to save and exit.
Type SHIFT Z Q to exit without saving.

To know more about vim ?

You can use vimtutor command to know more about vim. It starts the Vim tutor.
The Vimtutor is useful for new Linux or Unix sysadmin or developers who want to learn their first Vim commands. By default, vimtutor starts in English or the language of the current locale will be used:

$ vimtutor

To start in other languages add language parameter as follows:

$ vimtutor it ## Italian ##
$ vimtutor es ## Spanish ##
$ vimtutor fr ## French ##

To see all installed languages run the following ls command:

$ ls /usr/share/vim/vim*/tutor/tutor*

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