Vinicius Brasil

August 16, 2021

Activating the native spell-checking on Vim

Developers write not only code but documentation, bug reports, commit messages. As a non-native English speaker, I always find myself using Hemingway App, Grammarly, and other similar tools. They help but it is quite annoying having to switch back and forth from my editor to these tools.

The good news is that Vim ships with a spell-checker. It can check for words that do not exist, wrong capitalization, and even words that were spelled wrong for the selected region.

To turn the spell-checking on, you can use this command:

:setlocal spell spelllang=en_us

You can also hook it to a specific file type, for example:

" this goes into your init.vim/.vimrc file
autocmd FileType gitcommit setlocal spell

Happy Vimming!

About Vinicius Brasil

Building cool stuff with Elixir, OTP and Ruby. Musician and majoring in Theology. I'm based in beautiful Curitiba, and yes, that is my real last name.