snipMate.vim aims to be a concise vim script that implements some of TextMate's snippets features in Vim.
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IMPORTANT: comment on: [What about merging whith Ultisnip using its engine]( status: snipmate-snippet files are read by Ultisnip flawlessly. See snipmate-snippets readme about how to configure and use Ultisnips as alternative That branch also supports completion menu now Thus there is only one reason left to keep using snipmate from my point of view: not having python support. In other words: upstream of snipmate is almost dead. (Better to say Marc Weber is not going to fix any bugs anymore)

Author:Michael Sanders
Maintainer:Adnan Zafar & Rok Garbas & Marc Weber
Contributors:MarcWeber, lilydjwg, henrik, steveno, asymmetric, jherdman, ironcamel, honza, jb55, robhudson, kozo2, MicahElliott, darkwise, redpill, thisgeek, sickill, pose, marutanm, r00k, jbernard, holizz, muffinresearch, statik, taq, alderz, pielgrzym


0.85 [2013-04-03]

  • Allow trigger key customization
  • Enable undoing of snippet expansion
  • Support backslash escaping in snippets
  • Add support for {VISUAL}
  • Expand filetype extension with scope_aliases
  • Add expansion guards
  • Enable per-buffer expansion of snippets
  • Fix 'cpo' compatibility
  • Update supertab compatibility
  • Enable customization of various things through g:snipMate
  • Disable spelling in snippet files
  • Highlight trigger names in .snippets files
  • Update many snippets
  • Separate sample snippets into separate repository


0.83 [2009-07-13]

How to install

Unfortunately there are many ways to install vim plugins. If you don't see your preferred way of installation, please consider updating this section. Basically, installation consists of 2 simple steps:

  1. Install vim-snipmate
  2. Install snippets

snipmate dependencies

Important to note is that since version 0.85 we depend on 2 vim plugins:
  • vim-addon-mw-utils providing the implementation for caching parsed .snippets files.
  • tlib for tlib#input#List which provides the excellent filterable list selection view (and more).
  • the default set of snippets (optional but recommended). See 'Snippets repository' below.

Using VAM (recommended)

  • Add snipmate-snippets to the names to be installed. Or use "github:name/repo" if you want to use a non standard upstream.

The default snippets depend on "snipmate" so VAM will fetch the core along with its dependencies automatically.

Using pathogen

% cd ~/.vim
% mkdir bundle
% cd bundle
% git clone git://

# Install dependencies:
% git clone
% git clone
% git clone

Using Vundle

Install dependencies:
Bundle "MarcWeber/vim-addon-mw-utils"
Bundle "tomtom/tlib_vim"
Bundle "honza/vim-snippets"

Bundle "garbas/vim-snipmate"

And :BundleInstall

Manually (not recommended!)

% git clone git://
% git clone git://
% cd snipmate.vim
% cp -R * ~/.vim

Then in vim:

:helptags ~/.vim/doc/

Then install any dependencies (see above).

Snippets repository

There is now one snippet repo containing almost all snippets. You are encouraged to submit any fixes and new snippets there.

More snippet repositories are listed at that repository's README file.

Why forking snipMate?

After several unsuccessful attempts of contacting Michael Sanders, no commits in last half year and long pull request line on github (none of pull requests were commented/replied/rejected) I decided to take action, step up and bring some love to this widely used plugin.

But nothing to worry about. We all get busy, accupied with our daily work or just lose interest in doing boring maintainance.

While reviewing pull requests on I found lots of great improvements and I decided to friendly fork it, review and apply patches that were sent, notify all the patch submitters and decided to maintain snipmate.vim from now on. Of course if somebody wants to help, please do not hesitate to write me, I am open to any suggestions.

Maybe I will only maintain it for a while until Michael Sanders takes things back into his hand or until some other super-hero shows up.

Tnx and happy snipmating, Rok Garbas & Marc Weber, 2011-02-02

related work

See doc/snipMate.txt

Known Bugs

TODO / Future

  • Notify all "forkers" about new home and ask them nicely to review already merged changes and possibly send their changes. [2011-02-07, garbas]

  • I'd like to investigate whether xptemplate or snipmate has the better engine. So maybe my vision of the future could be making xptemplate read snippet files. It is not important enough for me to work on it right now as snipmate works reasonable well for me. [2011-02-02, MarcWeber]

  • comment without verifying it: < Silex> MarcWeber: btw, check out ultisnips. Much better than snipmate imho

    And before this discussion xptemplate vs snipmate vs ultisnips .. continues we should create a wiki page comparing them and keep that up to date. If you volunteer tell me so that I can reference the link. [2011-02-02, MarcWeber]

  • tcomment claims to know which language mode you're editing in even if its JS in PHP or HTML within PHP. It would be great if that functionality could be moved into its own plugirn (vim-detect-language-at-cursor) or such. Then a lot of the scoped_aliases (which causes collisions easily) could be enhanced.