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Rubytest.vim is a vim ( plugin, which helps you to run ruby test (including vanilla test, rspec, shoulda etc.) in vim.


Copy all files to your ~/.vim directory.


After installation, press <Leader>t will run the test under your cursor if you are editing a ruby test file.


$ cd <your rails/merb root>
$ vim test/unit/user_test.rb

(move cursor into a test case, press <Leader>t)

(<Leader> is mapping to '' by default in vim)

Be default, the plugin will print output in terminal. You can change this behavior by putting this line in your vimrc file:

let g:rubytest_in_quickfix = 1

With this set, test errors will be displayed in quickfix window, and you can jump to the error location quickly by select the error message and hit return (or Ctrl-w return to open it in new window).

You can customize the command which will be used to run the test case by setting these options in your vimrc file:

let g:rubytest_cmd_test = "ruby %p"
let g:rubytest_cmd_testcase = "ruby %p -n '/%c/'"
let g:rubytest_cmd_spec = "spec -f specdoc %p"
let g:rubytest_cmd_example = "spec -f specdoc %p -e '%c'"
let g:rubytest_cmd_feature = "cucumber %p"
let g:rubytest_cmd_story = "cucumber %p -n '%c'"

Using Spork

let g:rubytest_cmd_test = "bundle exec testdrb %p"
let g:rubytest_cmd_testcase = "bundle exec testdrb %p -- -n '/%c/'"

Using Spring

let g:rubytest_cmd_test = "bundle exec spring testunit %p"
let g:rubytest_cmd_testcase = "bundle exec spring testunit %p -n '/%c/'"


  • %p: path of test file

  • %c: test case name

  • %s: only for minitest, replaced by closest suite name (class whose name begin with 'Test'). This can be used to match test case more exactly:

    let g:rubytest_cmd_testcase = "ruby %p -n '%s#%c'"

Default Key Bindings

  • <Leader>t: run test case under cursor
  • <Leader>T: run all tests in file
  • <Leader>l: run the last test, from any buffer

You can change default key bindings:

map <Leader>\ <Plug>RubyTestRun     " change from <Leader>t to <Leader>\
map <Leader>] <Plug>RubyFileRun     " change from <Leader>T to <Leader>]
map <Leader>/ <Plug>RubyTestRunLast " change from <Leader>l to <Leader>/



  • Bogdan Gusiev
  • Yung Hwa Kwon (nowk)
  • J. Weir
  • Ben Simpson (bsimpson)
  • Alexander Belyaev (alexbel)
  • Ivan Tkalin (ivalkeen)
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