How to Password Protect a Vim File in Linux

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12 Responses

  1. Ankush Batra says:

    Can we access encrypted files via fopen in c program?

  2. Ankush Batra says:

    How can we read or update the contents of a encrypted file by fopen in code then?

  3. sumit kumar says:

    How to remove a crypted password from the file.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      You can update the original password with an empty password. Start vi/m with -x option, you’ll be prompted for new password, leave it empty/blank and press Enter twice.

  4. Sarvottam says:

    But if I write a python program with encryption enabled then the file doesn’t compile. What to do?

  5. Amar says:

    I have a couple of questions for you.

    1. How can I reset the password using the current password?
    2. What If I forget the password later. Is there any way to reset the password without entering the old password? I mean is there something like security questions etc

  6. Rick Stanley says:

    To be fair, emacs has similar functionality. A simple search with Google (“encrypt a file with emacs”) will lead you to a long list of articles.

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