Quit the vi editor without saving your changes

To quit the vi editor without saving any changes you've made:

  1. If you are currently in insert or append mode, press Esc.
  2. Press : (colon). The cursor should reappear at the lower left corner of the screen beside a colon prompt.
  3. Enter the following:

    This will quit the editor, and all changes you have made to the document will be lost.

At Indiana University, for personal or departmental Linux or Unix systems support, see Get help for Linux or Unix at IU.

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