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Fiplr - Find in Project for Emacs

The project is deprecated in favour of Projectile

Fiplr (pronounced FIP-ler, as in Find in Project) is an Emacs package to allow you to locate and open files deep within a complex directory tree, using fuzzy matching.


A key design goal is to make Fiplr really easy to use with little-to-no configuration, beyond a single key binding.

It is heavily inspired by Vim's ctrlp, TextMate's Command-T, and Sublime's Control+P.

Internally it uses Grizzl to do the fuzzy searching.


The easiest way to install Fiplr is through package.el + MELPA:

M-x package-install RET fiplr RET


Run fiplr-find-file and the minibuffer will open, along with a menu of files in your project. Start typing and use the arrow keys to pick a file.

M-x fiplr-find-file

By default it looks through all the parent directories of the file you're editing until it finds a .git, .hg, .bzr or .svn directory. You can customize this list of root markers by setting fiplr-root-markers.

(setq fiplr-root-markers '(".git" ".svn"))

Some files are ignored from the directory tree because they are not text files, or simply to speed up the search. The default list can be customized by setting fiplr-ignored-globs.

(setq fiplr-ignored-globs '((directories (".git" ".svn"))
                            (files ("*.jpg" "*.png" "*.zip" "*~"))))

These globs are used by the UNIX `find' command's -name flag.


  • Find files: M-x fiplr-find-file RET
  • Find directories: M-x fiplr-find-directory RET
  • Clear caches: M-x fiplr-clear-cache RET

Fiplr caches the directory tree to avoid rescanning every time it is run. You can reload the file list during a search by hitting C-c r while fiplr is running. You may alternatively use fiplr-clear-cache.

For convenience, bind C-x f to fiplr-find-file:

(global-set-key (kbd "C-x f") 'fiplr-find-file)

Copyright & Licensing

Copyright (c) Chris Corbyn 2013, Licensed under the same terms as GNU Emacs.


[DEPRECATED] An Emacs Fuzzy Find in Project Package



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