This plugin is used for displaying thin vertical lines at each indentation level for code indented with spaces. For code indented with tabs I think there is no need to support it, because you can use
:set list lcs=tab:\|\ (here is a space).
This plugin takes advantage of the newly provided
conceal feature in Vim 7.3, so this plugin will not work with lower versions of Vim.
To install the plugin just put the plugin files in your
~/.vim (Linux) or
To apply customization, apply the variable definitions to your
Change Character Color
" Vim let g:indentLine_color_term = 239 "GVim let g:indentLine_color_gui = '#A4E57E' " none X terminal let g:indentLine_color_tty_light = 7 " (default: 4) let g:indentLine_color_dark = 1 " (default: 2)
Change Indent Char
Vim and GVim
let g:indentLine_char = 'c'
'c' can be any ASCII character. You can also use one of
│ to display more beautiful lines. However, these characters will only work with files whose encoding is UTF-8.
Change Conceal Behaviour
Vim 7.3 has a new feature
conceal Documentation to automatically hide a stretch of text based on syntax highlighting.
let g:indentLine_concealcursor = 'vc' (default 'inc') let g:indentLine_conceallevel = 0 (default 2)
Disable by default
let g:indentLine_enabled = 0
:IndentLinesToggle toggles lines on and off.
If you find all the standard unicode and ASCII characters too obtrusive, you might consider patching your font with the indentLine-dotted-guide.eps glyph provided. FontForge makes the process amazingly simple:
- Download and install FontForge.
- Locate and open your terminal/gVim font.
- Open the font in FontForge, choose Goto from the View menu and select Private Use Area from the drop down box.
- In the private use area, locate a blank spot for the glyph. Make a note of the code, e.g.
- Double-click the selected code point to open the font drawing tool.
- From the File menu, select Import... and locate the indentLine-dotted-guide.eps file.
- Once imported, choose File -> Generate Fonts and choose a location and file type for the new font.
Once completed, your new font will contain the more subtle dotted guide and all you have to do is set that glyph to
g:indentLine_char in your