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Full path fuzzy file, buffer and MRU file finder for Vim.

  • Written in pure Vimscript for MacVim and Vim 7.0+.
  • Full support for Vim’s regexp as search pattern.
  • Built-in Most Recently Used (MRU) files monitoring.
  • Built-in project’s root finder.
  • CtrlP is extensible.


Basic Usage

  • Press <c-p> or run :CtrlP to invoke CtrlP.

Once CtrlP is open:

  • Press <c-f> and <c-b> to switch between find file, buffer, and MRU file modes.
  • Press <c-d> to switch to filename only search instead of full path.
  • Use * or | in the prompt to submit the string as a Vim’s regexp pattern.
  • Or press <c-r> to switch to full regexp search mode.
  • End the input string with a colon : followed by a command to execute after opening the file.
    e.g. abc:45 will open the file matched the pattern and jump to line 45.
  • Submit two dots .. as the input string to go backward the directory tree by 1 level.
  • Use <c-y> to create a new file and its parent dirs.
  • Use <c-z> to mark/unmark files and <c-o> to open them.

Basic Options

  • Change the mapping to invoke CtrlP:

    let g:ctrlp_map = '<c-p>'
  • When CtrlP is invoked, it automatically sets the working directory according to this variable:

    let g:ctrlp_working_path_mode = 1

    0 - don’t manage working directory.
    1 - the parent directory of the current file.
    2 - the nearest ancestor that contains one of these directories or files:

  • You can also use the set-working-directory functionality above outside of CtrlP by adding the following line to your vimrc.
    The parameter is the same (0, 1 or 2):

    au BufEnter * cal ctrlp#SetWorkingPath(2)
  • Enable/Disable Most Recently Used files monitoring and its functionalities:

    let g:ctrlp_mru_files = 1
  • If you want to exclude directories or files from the search, you can use the Vim’s option wildignore.
    e.g. Just have something like this in your vimrc:

    set wildignore+=*/.git/*,*/.hg/*,*/.svn/*   " for Linux/MacOSX
    set wildignore+=.git\*,.hg\*,.svn\*         " for Windows
  • Use a custom file listing command with:

    let g:ctrlp_user_command = 'find %s -type f'       " MacOSX/Linux
    let g:ctrlp_user_command = 'dir %s /-n /b /s /a-d' " Windows

Check the docs for more mappings, commands and options.

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