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mdnav - vim plugin for navigating links in markdown files

Vim plugin for navigating links in markdown files. It can handle:

  • local text links: [foo](second.md) will be opened inside vim. If the target contains line number as in [foo](second.md:30), the line will be jumped to. Also anchors are supported, for example [foo](second.md#custom-id).
  • URL links: [google](https://google.com) will be opened with the OS browser.
  • non text files: if the option g:mdnav#Extensions is set, non text files will be opened via the operating system. This behavior is handy when linking to binary documents, for example PDFs.
  • internal links: [Link Text](#Target), will link to the heading # Target. Following the link will jump to the heading inside vim. Currently both github style anchors, all words lowercased and hyphenated, and jupyter style anchros, all words hyphenated, are supported.
  • reference style links: for links of the form [foo][label], mdnav will lookup the corresponding label and open the target referenced there. This mechanism works will all link targets.
  • implicit name links: for links of the form [foo][] will use foo as the label and then follow the logic of reference style links.
  • custom ids via attribute lists: the id a link target can be defined via attribute lists of the form {: #someid ...}. This way fixed name references can be defined to prevent links from going stale after headings have been changed.
  • local link format of pelican: mdnav handles |filename| ... links as expected, for example [link](|filename|./second.md).

Note, all links above are functional with vim and mdnav installed. While mdnav is inspired by follow-markdown-links, mdnav can handle many more link formats and types of link targets (MD files, URLs, non text files, ...).

Installation

Install the plugin via your favorite plugin manager, say Vundle:

Plugin 'chmp/mdnav'

To work, vim needs to be configured with python support.

Usage

Inside normal model with an open markdown document, you may press enter on a markdown link to open it. If the link is a local file it will be opened in vim (C-o will get you back), otherwise it will be opened by the current webbrowser.

The following links can be used (the possible cursor positions are indicated by ^):

This [link](https://example.com) will be opened inside the browser.
     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

This [link](./foo.md) will open `./foo.md` inside vim.
     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

This [link](|filename|./foo.md) will open `./foo.md` inside vim.
     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

If `g:mdnav#Extensions` is set to `.md, .MD`, enter will open
`example.pdf` inside the default PDF reader for this
[link](|filename|./example.pdf).
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Internal linking works, too: to link to the heading Usage, use
this [link](#usage).
     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Reference style [links][ref-style-link] work too.
                ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

[ref-style-link]: http://example.com

The behavior of mdnav can be configured via the following options:

  • g:mdnav#Extensions: a comma separated list of file extensions. Only file s with the given extensions will be opened in vim, all other files will be opened via the configured application (using open on OSX and xdg-open on linux). This option may be useful to link to non-text documents, say PDF files.

  • g:mdnav#DebugMode: if set to true it, extensive debug information will be logged.

Running tests

pip install -r test-requirements.txt
python -m pytest tests

License

The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2017 Christopher Prohm

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

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