In my .vimrc, I want to check if I'm in MacVim vs. regular vim so I can optionally set some MacVim-specific settings, which should not be applied to regular vim.

How do I do this?

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I just found one way to do it:

if has("gui_macvim")
    " set macvim specific stuff
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    has("gui_running") will get you support for both macvim and gvim so will make your .vimrc more portable.
    – Bala Clark
    Mar 2, 2016 at 11:36
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    I noticed this condition is true either if I run macvim in terminal or GUI app. I is a way to check wether macvim is running in terminal? May 16, 2016 at 7:57
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    For MacVim it looks like has("gui_macvim") returns true if it is running as a GUI or on the commandline. However has("gui_running") only seems to return true if MacVim is running as a GUI.
    – Von
    Dec 27, 2019 at 2:19

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