Change cursor highlight color on Vim

October 7, 2011

This post was originally published in the Rambling Labs Blog on October 7, 2011.

One of the first things I do when setting up my Vim on Ubuntu is download akitaonrails’ vimfiles, which has lots of cool stuff bundled. I like the dark theme that is set up (dark gray background and white foreground, and helps my sight issues).

Normally the blinking cursor is white background and black foreground. I don’t really know exactly when or how it happened (maybe when I installed CommandT), but I lost the blinking cursor… I mean, I didn’t lose it.. It was there… But it was invisible. And that annoys me ‘cause I can’t tell where I’m at in the file.

Thankfully, it’s an easy recovery. Just run what I found in Vim’s command mode:

highlight Cursor guifg=black guibg=white

Oh! There it is! Now I can continue working. :)

If you need anything else, I recommend the Vim Tips Wiki.