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github-search.vim is a Vim plugin to search Github within Vim.

Here's the result of running :GHSearchRepo ruby-kata:



  • It's faster than using the browser:

    1. search in browser
    2. copy/clone the url
    3. clone in terminal
    4. open in Vim
  • I prefer Vim to study sources, so I made it easier.


If you are a Vundle user:

  1. run :BundleInstall gmarik/github-search.vim within Vim
  2. add Bundle 'gmarik/github-search.vim' to your Vundle powered .vimrc


Run in Vim

:GHSearchRepo somethin to search Github for somethin.

Pressing C over the selected repo will clone the repo to ~/src/github_user/github_repo. To change the destination path, set the g:github_search_path_format variable in your vimfiles. There are three placeholders that will be replaced.:

  • :repo: the full Github repo path consisting of author/project, such as gmarik/github-search.vim
  • :author: the author of the repo, in this case gmarik
  • :project: the name of the project, github-search.vim

As an example, if you want to clone this repo to ~/projects/github-search.vim, you can do that by adding the following to your vimfiles:

let g:github_search_path_format = '~/projects/:project'


  • Curl - to query github
  • Git - to clone from Github


  • allow the user to specify the language for a faceted type of search
  • integrate with Vundle to allow search for Vim plugins