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My vim setup

My vim IDE setup for Python, Go, Rust, html, css, javascript, typescript, gettext and more.


  • vimrc handling
  • Incremental and smart case search.
  • Sublime Text style multiple selections
  • Trailing whitespace highlightling and cleaning shortcut
  • Logical and Visual layout (for Right-To-Left lanaguegs) editing.
  • Tabs expand to 4 spaces by default
  • Remap `<Leader> to <SPACE> and jj` to ``<ESC>
  • Highlight current row and color column 80
  • 70+ language packs support
  • Syntax checking
  • Snippets
  • Quotes, parens etc pair, surround
  • Extended pair matching with %
  • ASCII drawing
  • Fuzzy file, buffer, mru, tag, etc finder
  • Task list
  • VCS plugins (Fugitive, Lawrencium)
  • Tab completion
  • Commenting


Vim with Python support.


The following commands will clone the repo, symlink ~/.vimrc and update the bundles:

git clone ~/.vim
ln -s ~/.vim/vimrc ~/.vimrc
cd ~/.vim
curl -fLo ~/.vim/autoload/plug.vim --create-dirs \

Install plugins from the command line:

vim +PlugUpdate +qa

To add or override settings, place them in ~/.vim/vimrc.local.

To update submodules in the future, when you have vim running, source vimrc to make sure plugins list is updated (or restart vim):



For setting up completor.vim per specific supported language, please see:


In case you're updating from previous Vundle based to vim-plug, remove the bundle directory as it's not needed anymore, get vim-plug and install the plugins:

cd ~/.vim
rm -rf bundle
curl -fLo ~/.vim/autoload/plug.vim --create-dirs \
vim +PlugUpdate +qa

Go tags

For CtrlPBufTag search in go lang files, make sure you have an updated version of ctags (>=5.8) and put in your ~/.ctags:

--regex-Go=/func([ \t]+\([^)]+\))?[ \t]+([a-zA-Z0-9_]+)/\2/f,func/
--regex-Go=/var[ \t]+([a-zA-Z_][a-zA-Z0-9_]+)/\1/v,var/
--regex-Go=/type[ \t]+([a-zA-Z_][a-zA-Z0-9_]+)/\1/t,type/


  • ~/.vim/vimrc.before, if exists, is sourced before everything allowing definitions of variables to act upon.
  • ~/.vim/vimrc.local, or ~/.vim/vimrc.after if exists, is sourced after all the files in ~/.vim/vimrc.d allowing override of default settings (e.g: color schemes, plugin configuration, etc.).


  • Solarized - color scheme
  • base16-vim - color scheme
  • vim-molokai - color scheme
  • vim-distpach - asynchronous build and test dispatcher
  • Fugitive - a Git wrapper so awesome, it should be illegal
  • Lawrencium - Mercurial wrapper for Vim, inspired by Tim Pope's Fugitive
  • ctrlp.vim - Fuzzy file, buffer, mru, tag, etc finder
  • SuperTab - Insert mode completions with Tab
  • completor.vim - Async completion framework made ease
  • Syntastic - Syntax checking hacks for vim (for vim < 8)
  • ale - Asynchronous Lint Engine (for vim >= 8)
  • UltiSnips - The ultimate snippet solution for Vim.
  • vim-snippets - vim-snipmate default snippets
  • python-mode - Vim python-mode. PyLint, Rope, Pydoc, breakpoints from box
  • vim-go - Go development plugin for Vim
  • rust.vim - provides Rust file detection, syntax highlighting, formatting, Syntastic integration, and more.
  • DrawIt - Ascii drawing plugin: lines, ellipses, arrows, fills, and more!
  • vim-surround - quoting/parenthesizing made simple
  • Shebang - Make executable by setting the correct shebang and executable bit
  • Tagbar - Displays tags in a window, ordered by class etc
  • NERD tree - A tree explorer
  • auto-pairs - Insert or delete brackets, parens, quotes in pair
  • po.vim - Easier editing of GNU gettext PO files
  • TaskList - Eclipse like task list
  • MatchIt - Extended % matching for HTML, LaTeX, and many other languages
  • MatchTag - Highlight matching HTML tags
  • vim-airline - Light weight statusline utility
  • tabular - text filtering and alignment
  • vim-plugin-viewdoc - Flexible viewer for any documentation
  • tcomment_vim - An extensible & universal comment vim-plugin that also handles embedded filetypesludovicchabant/vim-lawrencium
  • vim-unimpaired - pairs of handy bracket mappings
  • vim-multiple-cursors - True Sublime Text style multiple selections for Vim
  • splitjoin.vim - A vim plugin that simplifies the transition between multiline and single-line code
  • vim-repeat - enable repeating supported plugin maps with "."
  • tsuquyomi - A Vim plugin for TypeScript
  • vim-highlightedyank - Make the yanked region apparent!

Shortcuts and re-Mappings

Key Command
jj <Esc> in insert and command modes
<SPACE> <Leader>
<Leader>v Load .vimrc
<Leader>V Activate changes to .vimrc (Make sure to save it before)
<F2> Close current split (window)
<F3> Toggle NERD tree
<F4> Toggle search highlight
<F5> Toggle Tagbar
<Leader>S Remove trailing whitespace
<CTRL>hjkl Window movement commands
<CTRL>arrow Window movement commands
<Leader>d Delete buffer, keep the split
-, + Resize horizontal splits
<ALT>< <ALT>> Resize vertical splits
<F9> Toggle logical (RTL, e.g: Hebrew) editing
<F8> Toggle visual (RTL, e.g: Hebrew) editing
g/ :grep!<Space>
g* :grep! -w current_word
ga :grepadd! (add results to the current search)
gr :CtrlPBufTag (fuzzy tag search in current file)


My vim as IDE setup



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