Ivy - a generic completion frontend for Emacs, Swiper - isearch with an overview, and more. Oh, man!
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basil-conto counsel.el (counsel-file-jump): Fix file expansion
Expand candidate file names relative to original default-directory,
not that of ivy-state-window (ivy--directory seems to always be nil
in the action function).

Fixes #1903
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flexible, simple tools for minibuffer completion in Emacs

This repository contains:

Ivy, a generic completion mechanism for Emacs.

Counsel, a collection of Ivy-enhanced versions of common Emacs commands.

Swiper, an Ivy-enhanced alternative to isearch.



Ivy is a generic completion mechanism for Emacs. While it operates similarly to other completion schemes such as icomplete-mode, Ivy aims to be more efficient, smaller, simpler, and smoother to use yet highly customizable.

To try Ivy, just call M-x ivy-mode. This will enable generic Ivy completion, including specific completion for file and buffer names.


Install the ivy package from MELPA / GNU ELPA.

Users of Debian ≥10 (and derivatives such as Ubuntu ≥18.04) can install Ivy, Counsel, and Swiper with sudo apt install elpa-counsel. To add Hydra support sudo apt install elpa-ivy-hydra.



The manual is available as HTML.

After installing from MELPA, the manual is also available through the (ivy) Info node.

The source file for the Info page is here.


Ivy and Swiper wiki is here: the wiki.

Small config example

(ivy-mode 1)
(setq ivy-use-virtual-buffers t)
(setq enable-recursive-minibuffers t)
(global-set-key "\C-s" 'swiper)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c C-r") 'ivy-resume)
(global-set-key (kbd "<f6>") 'ivy-resume)
(global-set-key (kbd "M-x") 'counsel-M-x)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-x C-f") 'counsel-find-file)
(global-set-key (kbd "<f1> f") 'counsel-describe-function)
(global-set-key (kbd "<f1> v") 'counsel-describe-variable)
(global-set-key (kbd "<f1> l") 'counsel-find-library)
(global-set-key (kbd "<f2> i") 'counsel-info-lookup-symbol)
(global-set-key (kbd "<f2> u") 'counsel-unicode-char)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c g") 'counsel-git)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c j") 'counsel-git-grep)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c k") 'counsel-ag)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-x l") 'counsel-locate)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-S-o") 'counsel-rhythmbox)
(define-key minibuffer-local-map (kbd "C-r") 'counsel-minibuffer-history)

Note: parts of this config can be replaced by using counsel-mode.



ivy-mode ensures that any Emacs command using completing-read-function uses ivy for completion.

Counsel takes this further, providing versions of common Emacs commands that are customised to make the best use of ivy. For example, counsel-find-file has some additional keybindings. Pressing DEL will move you to the parent directory.

Enabling counsel-mode remaps built-in Emacs functions that have counsel replacements:

Emacs command Counsel equivalent
execute-extended-command counsel-M-x
describe-bindings counsel-descbinds
describe-function counsel-describe-function
describe-variable counsel-describe-variable
apropos-command counsel-apropos
describe-face counsel-describe-face
list-faces-display counsel-faces
find-file counsel-find-file
find-library counsel-find-library
imenu counsel-imenu
load-library counsel-load-library
load-theme counsel-load-theme
yank-pop counsel-yank-pop
info-lookup-symbol counsel-info-lookup-symbol
pop-to-mark-command counsel-mark-ring
bookmark-jump counsel-bookmark



Swiper is an alternative to isearch that uses ivy to show an overview of all matches.


A helm version of swiper is also available: swiper-helm.



There's also a ten minute video demo.

Frequently asked questions

Q: How do I enter an input that matches one of the candidates instead of this candidate? Example: create a file bar when a file barricade exists in the current directory.

A: Press C-M-j. Alternatively, you can make the prompt line selectable with (setq ivy-use-selectable-prompt t).


Please see the guidelines for reporting issues and opening pull requests.