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This project adds eco support to the vim editor. Most of the code is originally from Mick Koch's vim-coffee-script.

Included features:

  • eco filetype detection
  • automatic indenting
  • syntax highlighting
  • surround.vim support (see ftplugin/eco.vim for details)
  • = text object for code blocks (see ftplugin/eco.vim for details)

Some of the code here depends on vim-coffee-script, so it's required that you install that before installing this plugin. The master branch should always be compatible with vim-coffee-script's master branch, so if you have any problems, please ensure you've updated both plugins to their latest version.

Collaborators are welcome. If you feel you're fairly comfortable with the code and use eco on a regular basis, please consider becoming a maintainer of a part of the project -- just open up a github issue requesting collaborator access. Naturally, pull request with fixes or interesting new features are always welcome.

Install from a Zipball

This is the quickest way to get things running.

  1. Download the latest zipball from or github. The latest version on github is under Download Packages (don't use the Download buttons.)

  2. Extract the archive into ~/.vim/:

     unzip -od ~/.vim

These steps are also used to update the plugin.

Install with Pathogen

Since this plugin has rolling versions based on git commits, using pathogen and git is the preferred way to install. The plugin ends up contained in its own directory and updates are just a git pull away.

  1. Install tpope's pathogen into ~/.vim/autoload/ and add this line to your vimrc:

     call pathogen#infect()

    To get the all the features of this plugin, make sure you also have a filetype plugin indent on line in there.

  1. Create and change into ~/.vim/bundle/:

     $ mkdir ~/.vim/bundle
     $ cd ~/.vim/bundle
  2. Make a clone of the vim-eco repository:

     $ git clone


  1. Change into ~/.vim/bundle/vim-eco/:

     $ cd ~/.vim/bundle/vim-eco
  2. Pull in the latest changes:

     $ git pull

Configure Syntax Highlighting

Add these lines to your vimrc to disable the relevant syntax group.

Disable reserved words error

Reserved words like function and var are highlighted as an error where they're not allowed in CoffeeScript. This can be disabled with:

hi link coffeeReservedError NONE

Note: this affects coffeescript highlighting as well

Disable missing colon error

A few coffeescript control structures -- if-clauses, else-clauses and for-cycles -- need to end with a colon, like so:

<% if foo: %>
<% else: %>
<% end %>

If there's no colon at the end of these, they will be highlighted as errors. This can be disabled with:

hi link ecoMissingColonError NONE


Eco (embedded coffee-script) support for Vim




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