Mac – How to use UTF-8 in vim on Mac OS X


I want to edit UTF-8 documents with vim (7.2 installed via MacPorts, big feautre set, iconv support enabled, multi-byte support enabled) on Mac OS X 10.4 within is configured to use Monaco font (which has good Unicode coverage) and use UTF-8 as the character set encoding.

Keyboard map is set up correctly. I can enter some localized characters like „zażółć” and even quotes around that… (yeah, and an elypsis).

I've done my best to set up the environment:

export LC_ALL
export LC_CTYPE
export LANG

I have no encoding, fileencoding or termencoding set in .vimrc, so that it should default to what's set in the locale.

What else have I missed? I can't enter non-ASCII UTF-8 characters in vim. It is interpreted as single-byte garbage rather than wider UTF-8 characters.

Best Answer

  • Check out this:

    (Thanks to Peter Vohmann for this Q&A.) In go the the Terminal (main) menu and choose Window Settings. Select Emulation from the popup menu, un-check the item "Escape non-ASCII characters". Then select Display from the popup menu, set Character Set Encoding to Unicode (UTF-8), if desired. Click on "Use settings as Default."

    (from MacVim Site)

    As far as I remember, 10.4 has some troubles, when dealing with UTF-8; checking setting above would, probably, help. As an alternative solution, consider using MacVim or iTerm as terminal application.

    Update: as Ben Stiglitz mentioned in comments, 10.4 Terminal is OK, but 10.4 bundled shells are not.