I want to know how to display the server time inside the Vim editor, if possible.

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    What is “sever time”? – Gilles May 13 '11 at 21:46

You can execute external commands in Vim by using the '!' flag:

:! date


  • As an added bonus, adding a r after the : will write the output into your buffer. Like so, :r! date. – jonyamo Oct 4 '11 at 18:30

If you like, you can set Vim up so it displays the time on the status bar by adding the following lines to your vimrc file:

set ruler
set rulerformat=%55(%{strftime('%a\ %b\ %e\ %I:%M\ %p')}\ %5l,%-6(%c%V%)\ %P%)

Credit goes to this Vim Wiki page.

  • thanks a lot, but i like simple as kce's answer ^^ – meotimdihia May 15 '11 at 4:05

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