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Idris mode for vim

This is an Idris mode for vim which features syntax highlighting, indentation and optional syntax checking via Syntastic. If you need a REPL I recommend using Vimshell.



I recommend using Pathogen for installation. Simply clone this repo into your ~/.vim/bundle directory and you are ready to go.

cd ~/.vim/bundle
git clone

Manual Installation

Copy content into your ~/.vim directory.

Be sure that the following lines are in your .vimrc

syntax on
filetype on
filetype plugin indent on


Apart from syntax highlighting, indentation, and unicode character concealing, idris-vim offers some neat interactive editing features. For more information on how to use it, read this blog article by Edwin Brady on Interactive Idris editing with vim.

Interactive Editing Commands

Idris mode for vim offers interactive editing capabilities, the following commands are supported.

<LocalLeader>r reload file

<LocalLeader>t show type

<LocalLeader>d Create an initial clause for a type declaration.

<LocalLeader>b Same as \d but for an initial typeclass method impl.

<LocalLeader>md Same as \d but for a proof clause

<LocalLeader>c case split

<LocalLeader>mc make case

<LocalLeader>w add with clause

<LocalLeader>e evaluate expression

<LocalLeader>l make lemma

<LocalLeader>m add missing clause

<LocalLeader>f refine item

<LocalLeader>o obvious proof search

<LocalLeader>p proof search

<LocalLeader>i open idris response window

<LocalLeader>h show documentation



To configure indentation in idris-vim you can use the following variables:

  • let g:idris_indent_if = 3

      if bool
      >>>then ...
      >>>else ...
  • let g:idris_indent_case = 5

      case xs of
      >>>>>[]      => ...
      >>>>>(y::ys) => ...
  • let g:idris_indent_let = 4

      let x = 0 in
  • let g:idris_indent_where = 6

      where f : Int -> Int
      >>>>>>f x = x
  • let g:idris_indent_do = 3

      do x <- a
      >>>y <- b
  • let g:idris_indent_rewrite = 8

      rewrite prf in expr


Concealing with unicode characters is off by default, but let g:idris_conceal = 1 turns it on.

Tab Characters

If you simply must use tab characters, and would prefer that the ftplugin not set expandtab add let g:idris_allow_tabchar = 1.