A start screen showing recently used files and sessions.
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Startify basically provides two things:

1) If you start Vim without giving any filenames to it (or pipe stuff to it so it reads from STDIN), startify will show a small but pretty start screen which shows recently used files (using viminfo) and sessions by default.

Additionally, you can define bookmarks, thus entries for files that always should be available in the start screen.

You can either navigate to a certain menu entry or you just key in whatever is written between the square brackets on that line.

2) It eases handling of loading and saving sessions by only working with a certain directory. Two commands are used for convenience:

  :SLoad    load a session
  :SSave    save a session

The default settings are pretty sane, so it should work without any configuration.

Example:startify in action

Feedback, please!

If you like any of my plugins, star it on github. This is a great way of getting feedback! Same for issues or feature requests.

Thank you for flying mhi airlines. Get the Vim on!


If you have no preferred installation method, I suggest using tpope's pathogen:

  1. git clone https://github.com/tpope/vim-pathogen ~/.vim/bundle/vim-pathogen
  2. mkdir -p ~/.vim/autoload && cd ~/.vim/autoload
  3. ln -s ../bundle/vim-pathogen/autoload/pathogen.vim

Afterwards installing Startify is as easy as pie:

  1. git clone https://github.com/mhinz/vim-startify ~/.vim/bundle/vim-startify
  2. start Vim
  3. :Helptags
  4. :h startify


:h startify


Marco Hinz <mh.codebro@gmail.com>


Copyright © Marco Hinz. Distributed under the same terms as Vim itself. See :help license.