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Simple Vim templates plugin

Author: Adrian Perez <>

This is a simple plugin for Vim that will allow you to have a set of templates for certain file types. It is useful to add boilerplate code like guards in C/C++ headers, or license disclaimers.


The easiest way to install the plugin is to install it as a bundle:

  1. Get and install pathogen.vim. You can skip this step if you already have it installed.
  2. cd ~/.vim/bundle
  3. git clone git://


In order to update the plugin, go to the its bundle directory and use Git to update it:

  1. cd ~/.vim/bundle/vim-templates
  2. git pull


There are a number of options to use a template:

  • Create a new file giving it a name. The suffix will be used to determine which template to use. E.g:

    $ vim foo.c
  • In a buffer, use :Template foo to load the template that would be loaded for file with suffix foo. E.g. from within Vim:

    :Template c

Template search order

The algorithm to search for templates works like this:

  1. A file named =template.<suffix> in the current directory. If not found, goto (2).
  2. Go up a directory and goto (1), if not possible, goto (3).
  3. Try to use the template.<suffix> file supplied with the plugin.

Variables in templates

The following variables will be expanded in templates:

Numerical day of the month, year and month.
Date in YYYY-mm-dd format
Time in HH:MM format
Full date (date + time), in YYYY-mm-dd HH:MM format.
File name, without extension.
File name, with extension.
File extension.
Current user's e-mail address. May be overriden by defining g:email.
Current logged-in user name. May be overriden by defining g:username.
Host name.
A string with alphanumeric characters and underscores, suitable for use in proprocessor guards for C/C++/Objective-C header files.
Expands to nothing, but ensures that the cursor will be placed in its position after expanding the template.
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