A single character search, select, and jump.
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AceJump is a plugin for the IntelliJ Platform that lets you jump to any symbol in the editor with just a few keystrokes. Press the keyboard shortcut for AceAction (Ctrl+; by default) to activate AceJump. Type any string in the editor, followed by one of illustrated tags, to jump its position:

Press the AceJump shortcut a second time before completing a tag to activate Target Mode. Once Target Mode is activated, jumping to a tag will select an entire word. Target Mode can also be activated directly by pressing the shortcut for AceTargetAction (Ctrl+Alt+; by default).

Press the AceJump shortcut for Line Mode(Ctrl+Shift+; by default), to target the beginning, first non-whitespace characters, and end of every line in the editor). Then jump to one by completing the tag.

Press the AceJump shortcut, followed by to target the last, to target the first, or , to target the first non-whitespace characters of every line in the editor.

AceJump tags are not case sensitive. Holding down Shift when typing the last tag character will select all text from the current cursor position to that destination.


  • Press Tab when searching to jump to the next group of matches in the editor.

  • If you make a mistake searching, just press Backspace to restart from scratch.

  • If no matches can be found on screen, AceJump will scroll to the next match it can find.

  • Pressing Enter during a search will jump to the next (or nearest) result.

  • Keep typing! AceJump will accept multiple sequential characters before tag selection.

  • Word Mode is a new action that will tag all visible words as soon as it is activated.

    • To bind a keyboard shortcut to Word Mode, open Settings | Keymap | 🔍 "AceJump"


Install directly from the IDE, via File | Settings | Plugins | Browse Repositories... | 🔍 "AceJump".



IdeaVim users can choose to activate AceJump with a single keystroke (f, F and g are arbitrary) by running:

echo -e '

" Press `f` to activate AceJump
map f :action AceAction<CR>
" Press `F` to activate Target Mode
map F :action AceTargetAction<CR>
" Press `g` to activate Line Mode
map g :action AceLineAction<CR>

' >> ~/.ideavimrc

To change the default keyboard shortcuts, open File | Settings | Keymap | 🔍 "AceJump" | AceJump | Enter⏎.



Prerequisites: JDK 8 or higher.

To build AceJump, clone and run the Gradle task buildPlugin like so:

  • git clone https://github.com/acejump/AceJump && cd AceJump
  • For Linux and Mac OS: ./gradlew buildPlugin
  • For Windows: gradlew.bat buildPlugin

The build artifact will be placed in build/distributions/.

Miscellaneous: AceJump uses the Gradle Kotlin DSL with the gradle-intellij-plugin.

For more information, please refer to the Gradle Kotlin DSL Docs (currently alpha).


AceJump is supported by community members like you. Contributions are highly welcome!

If you would like to contribute, here are a few of the ways you can help improve AceJump:

To start IntelliJ IDEA CE with AceJump installed, run ./gradlew runIde -PluginDev.

For documentation on plugin development, see the IntelliJ Platform SDK.

If you enjoy using AceJump, you might also enjoy reading the code.

Release notes

Please see here for a detailed list of changes.


AceJump is inspired by prior work, but adds several improvements, including:

  • Target mode: Jump and select an full word in one rapid motion.
  • Line Mode: Jump to the first, last, or first non-whitespace character of a line.
  • Word Mode: Jump to the first character of any visible word on-screen in two keystrokes or less.
  • Definition Mode: Jump to the definition of a token in the editor instead of the token.
  • Real-time search: Type any string in the editor, and AceJump will highlight and tag matches instantly.
  • Full text search: If a string is not visible on the screen, AceJump will scroll to the next occurrence.
  • Smart tag rendering: Tags will occupy nearby whitespace if available, rather than block text.
  • Keyboard-friendly tagging: AceJump tries to minimize finger travel distance on QWERTY keyboards.

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