This article covers how to password protect a file using Vim on Linux. When password protecting a file, make sure you remember it, or else you will not be able to access your file.
You can also use a password management software if you find it difficult to remember passwords. Or visit our guide on how to install Teampass password manager on Ubuntu .
Always remember to appropriately secure text files that could contain secret info such as usernames and passwords, financial account info and so on, using strong encryption and a password.
To install VIM in Linux:
Vim is available in the repositories of most major distributions.
So, use your distribution package manager to get installed.
For Debian based systems, use apt-get or apt package manager to install vim.
$ sudo apt-get install vim
For RHEL/CentOS based systems, use yum package manager to install vim.
$ sudo yum install vim-enhanced
For Fedora system, use dnf package manager to install vim.
$ sudo dnf install vim-enhanced
For openSUSE system, use zypper package manager to install pass.
$ sudo zypper in vim
For Arch Linux based systems, use pacman package manager to install vim.
$ sudo pacman -S vim