Show Line Numbers In vi / vim Text Editor

by Rekha 2009-12-22 17:30:14

To display line numbers along the left side of a window, type any one of the following:

:set number
or
:set nu




To turn off line number again enter the same command:

:set nu!


If you need number every time you start vi/vim, append following line to your ~/.vimrc file:

set number


Save and close the file.
Jump to particular line number from a shell prompt, enter:

$ vi +linenumber file.c
$ vi +300 initlib.c

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