Add JSON syntax highlighting in Vim on OS X

Published on 2010-01-15 15:03:00+00:00

This is how I got Vim to do syntax highlighting for JSON files (Max OS X - Snow Leopard)

  1. Download the syntax file from (I got json.vim version 0.4)
  2. If it doesn't already exist, create a .vim/ftplugin in your home directory.
  3. Put json.vim into .vim/ftplugin
  4. Add the following lines in your .vimrc file (mine is located at ~/.vimrc)
au BufRead,BufNewFile *.json set filetype=json  
au! Syntax json source /Users/brad/.vim/ftplugin/json.vim

Note that you'll have to change the path to your json.vim file so that it works on your computer. 5. Now, got edit a .json file!