A highly-tuned and up-to-date VimConf being maintained by the engineers at Intuitive Web Solutions.
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A vimrc file and different bundles. This vim setup requires at least Vim 7.3+ compiled with python & multibyte support.

The font used when running gVim is Inconsolata; the OpenType file is included in this repo.

The config uses neobundle for installing and updating bundled modules.

For Tagbar to work well with JavaScript (and probably other languages), we highly recommend installing the latest version of Exuberant Ctags.

For Syntastic to check syntax of different file types, you optionally need to have a PHP runtime, JSHint, and/or PyFlakes installed.


  • Vim 7.3+ compiled with python & multibyte support.
  • An up to date installation of git.


Check out VimConf to your home folder like so:

$> cd ~
$> git clone --recursive git://github.com/IntuitiveWebSolutions/VimConf.git

Then create symlinks to the files inside the repo:


$> ln -s ~/VimConf/.vim ~/.vim
$> ln -s ~/VimConf/.vimrc ~/.vimrc
$> ln -s ~/VimConf/.vimrc_custom ~/.vimrc_custom
$> ln -s ~/VimConf/.gvimrc ~/.gvimrc

ON Ubuntu

$> ln -s ~/VimConf/.vim ~
$> ln -s ~/VimConf/.vimrc ~
$> ln -s ~/VimConf/.vimrc_custom ~
$> ln -s ~/VimConf/.gvimrc ~

That way, any time you want to update to the latest versions of the VimConf, you can just git pull inside the VimConf folder.

$> cd ~/VimConf/
$> git pull


NeoBundle is the tool used to pull in all the plugins below. Make sure that the bundle is checked out (it is a submodule), and check out 'master'.

$> cd VimConf
$> git pull
$> git submodule init
$> git submodule update
$> cd ~/VimConf/.vim/bundle/neobundle.vim
$> git checkout master

Now open vim - when you do this NeoBundle will ask to install all the plugins listed in vimrc. You can update these at any time from inside vim by running:


Bundle List

Color Schemes

  • blayden Default
  • jellybean Can be set in .vimrc_custom
  • solarized Can be set in .vimrc_custom - follow instructions at vim-colors-solarized

Window Management

Windows are always organised as follows:

|              |        S1        |
|              |===================
|      M       |        S2        |
|              |===================
|              |        S3        |

Use the following commands to create, browse and close windows:

C-N Creates a new window and place it in the master pane [M] & stacks all previous windows in the stacked pane [S] C-C Close the current window if no unsaved changes C-J Jumps to next window (clockwise) C-K Jumps to previous window (anti-clockwise) C-Space Focus the current window, that is, place it in the master pane [M] & stacks all other windows in the stacked pane [S]

Keybindings and Commands

NERDCommenter Default Mappings

The below mappings are default in NERDCommenter, and the ones most used, so they are included in our README.

Keys Command
,c[spacebar] Toggles comment state of the selected line(s)
,cl Comment current line or text selected in visual mode (forces nesting)
,cu Uncomment selected lines(s)

JavaScript Commands

Keys Command
,b Insert 'debugger;' breakpoint.

Custom Mappings

Keys Command
gh GitGutter Next Hunk
gH GitGutter Previous Hunk
,, Toggles comment state of the selected line(s)
,si Adds a 'Signature' to the end of the line. Ex. ' -- Ben Hayden 5/14/2012'
,tc Close tab
,tn Next tab
,tp Previous tab
,te Edit new tab
,l Navigate buffers
,/ Grep in the current directory
,y Show yank buffers to paste from
,nt Open Netrw in a vertical split
,tb Toggle Tagbar plugin
,e Open Syntastic Error Location List
,en Go to next error
,ep Go to previous error
,ig Toggle IndentGuides plugin
,ml Compile LESS file to CSS. Requires NPM install of less
,p Toggle paste mode (for easy copy & pasting in a terminal)
,ln Toggle line numbers (for easy copying out of terminal)
,xp Put (Paste) from system clipboard
,xy Yank (Copy) to system clipboard
,xx Cut to system clipboard
,s Write file
,ev Edit $MYVIMRC
,sv Source $MYVIMRC
,sp Turn on Spell checking for EN_US
,nsp Turn off Spell checking for EN_US
,q Write & quit file
,rf Turn Syntax off/on on a file - a "refresh" of the syntax highlighting
,v Vertical split window
,h Horizontal split window
,cw Close window
,w Closes all but the current window
,bd Delete (close) buffer
,ch Clear (turn off) highlighting
,rt Re-tab entire file. (Shortcut for gg=G)
,hb Send selected visual hunk to hastebin
,0 Go to the first character of a line
,O Insert a newline before the current line without entering insert mode
,o Insert a newline after the current line without entering insert mode
,[spacebar] [character] Insert a character in place without entering insert mode
,a [character] Appends a character in place without entering insert mode
,ws Runs TrimWS and retab on the current buffer
,j Reformat JSON automatically (Requires python command in system path)
:W Write as super user
:Tabs2Spaces Convert tab characters to 4 space characters
shift + down arrow Jump down 10 lines
shift + up arrow Jump up 10 lines
control + h Switch to left window
control + j Switch to bottom window
control + k Switch to top window
control + l Switch to right window
control + p Run Unite file
*visual selection + * Visual Selection Search with //
visual selection + # Visual Selection Search with ??

Emmet is Awesome

  1. Expand an Abbreviation

Type the abbreviation as 'div>p#foo$*3>a' and type ','.

      <p id="foo1">
          <a href=""></a>
      <p id="foo2">
          <a href=""></a>
      <p id="foo3">
          <a href=""></a>
  1. Wrap with an Abbreviation

Write as below.


Then do visual select(line wise) and type ','. Once you get to the 'Tag:' prompt, type 'ul>li*'.


If you type a tag, such as 'blockquote', then you'll see the following:

  1. Balance a Tag Inward

type 'd' in insert mode.

  1. Balance a Tag Outward

type 'D' in insert mode.

  1. Go to the Next Edit Point

type 'n' in insert mode.

  1. Go to the Previous Edit Point

type 'N' in insert mode.