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Install Vim 8 with Python, Python 3, Ruby (2.5) and Lua support on Ubuntu
# remove current vim
sudo apt-get remove --purge vim vim-runtime vim-gnome vim-tiny vim-gui-common
# removes current link for vim
sudo rm -rf /usr/local/share/vim /usr/bin/vim
# add ppa for newest version of ruby (currently, as of 06/06/2017, ruby v2.4)
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:brightbox/ruby-ng
sudo apt-get update
# installs everything needed to make/configure/build Vim
sudo apt-get -y install liblua5.1-dev luajit libluajit-5.1 python-dev python3-dev ruby-dev ruby2.5 ruby2.5-dev libperl-dev libncurses5-dev libatk1.0-dev libx11-dev libxpm-dev libxt-dev
#Optional: so vim can be uninstalled again via `dpkg -r vim`
sudo apt-get -y install checkinstall
# clones vim repository so we can build it from scratch
cd ~
git clone
cd vim
git pull && git fetch
# In case Vim was already installed. This can throw an error if not installed,
# it's the nromal behaviour. That's no need to worry about it
cd src
make distclean
cd ..
# update to use the correct python 2.7/3.x config path also change 'YOUR NAME' to
# your real name
./configure \
--enable-multibyte \
--enable-perlinterp=dynamic \
--enable-rubyinterp=dynamic \
--with-ruby-command=/usr/bin/ruby \
--enable-pythoninterp=dynamic \
--with-python-config-dir=/usr/bin/python \ # or path to python3
--enable-python3interp \
--with-python3-config-dir=/usr/bin/python3 \ # or path to python3
--enable-luainterp \
--with-luajit \
--enable-cscope \
--enable-gui=auto \
--with-features=huge \
--with-x \
--enable-fontset \
--enable-largefile \
--disable-netbeans \
--with-compiledby="ERICK ROCHA <>" \
# this this is the compilation step. It should also create the symlink of the binary
# one /usr/bin folder
make && sudo make install
# To be able to access the new vim instaltion we need to refresh bash/zsh/fish
exec bash # or exec zsh or exec fish

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@erickpatrick erickpatrick commented Oct 25, 2018

Beware when choosing python or python3, don't remove the backslash \ otherwise you will not get Lua support and the rest of the configuration flags


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@danielterabyte danielterabyte commented Apr 5, 2019

The line below does not make sense to me. The git pull command is the combination of a git fetch and git merge command, so, it should be enough, not needing the git fetch command after it.

git pull && git fetch

Am I missing something?


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@Nervado Nervado commented Sep 11, 2019

I have made some modifications in order to have this working for me on Ubuntu 18.04 (I am using python 3.7), here my settings:
./configure --prefix=/usr/local \ --enable-multibyte \ --enable-perlinterp=dynamic \ --enable-rubyinterp=dynamic \ --with-ruby-command=/usr/bin/ruby \ --enable-python3interp=yes \ --with-python-config-dir=/usr/lib/python3.7/distutils \ --enable-luainterp \ --with-luajit \ --enable-cscope \ --enable-gui=auto \ --with-features=huge \ --with-x \ --enable-fontset \ --enable-largefile \ --disable-netbeans \ --with-compiledby="Name <email>" \ --enable-fail-if-missing

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