Sometimes, you edit text outside of Vim. These are sad times. Enter vim-anywhere!
Once invoked, vim-anywhere will open a buffer. Close it and it's contents are copied to your clipboard and your previous application is refocused.
- MacVim (
brew install macvim)
- Gnome (or a derivative)
curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/cknadler/vim-anywhere/master/install | bash
OSX caveat: key binding is unbound by default. See keybinding for details.
OSX: ( default = unbound, suggested =
The keyboard shortcut for invoking vim-anywhere is unbound by default on OSX.
The installation script will automatically open
System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts. Fill in the following:
Linux: ( default =
$ gconftool -t str --set /desktop/gnome/keybindings/vim-anywhere/binding <custom binding>
$ bindsym $mod+Alt+v exec ~/.vim-anywhere/bin/run" >> ~/.i3/config # remember to reload your config after
vim-anywhere creates a temporary file in
invoked. These files stick around until you restart your system, giving you
a temporary history.
View your history:
$ ls /tmp/vim-anywhere
Reopen your most recent file:
$ vim $( ls /tmp/vim-anywhere | sort -r | head -n 1 )
I use Vim for almost everything. I wish I didn't have to say almost. My usual workflow is to open Vim, write, copy the text out of my current buffer and paste it into whatever applicaiton I was just using. vim-anywhere attempts to automate this process as much as possible, reducing the friction of using Vim to do more than just edit code.
Love vim-anywhere? Hate it? Want to change it completely? Email me or open an issue and lets talk. Pull requests, suggestions and issues of any kind are welcome with open arms.