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Full path fuzzy file, buffer, mru and tag finder for Vim.

  • Written in pure Vimscript for MacVim and Vim 7.0+.
  • Full support for Vim’s regexp as search pattern.
  • Built-in Most Recently Used (MRU) files monitoring.
  • Built-in project’s root finder.
  • Open multiple files at once.
  • Create new files and directories.
  • Extensible.


Basic Usage

  • Press <c-p> or run :CtrlP [dir] to invoke CtrlP in find file mode.
  • Run :CtrlPBuffer or :CtrlPMRU to invoke CtrlP in buffer or MRU mode.
  • Run :CtrlPMixed to search in a mix of files, buffers and MRU files.

Once CtrlP is open:

  • Press <c-f> and <c-b> to cycle between modes.
  • Press <c-d> to switch to filename only search instead of full path.
  • Press <c-r> to switch to regexp mode.
  • Press <F5> to purge the cache for the current directory and get new files.
  • End the input string with a colon : followed by a command to execute it after opening the file:
    Use :45 to jump to line 45.
    Use :/any\:string to jump to the first instance of any:string.
    Use :difft when opening multiple files to run :difft on the first 4 files.
  • Submit two or more dots . as the input string to go backward the directory tree by one or multiple levels.
  • Use <c-y> to create a new file and its parent dirs.
  • Use <c-z> to mark/unmark multiple files and <c-o> to open them.

Basic Options

  • Change the mapping to invoke CtrlP:

    let g:ctrlp_map = '<c-p>'
  • When invoked, unless a starting directory is specified, CtrlP will automatically set its local working directory according to this variable:

    let g:ctrlp_working_path_mode = 2

    0 - don’t manage working directory.
    1 - the directory of the current file.
    2 - the nearest ancestor that contains one of these directories or files: .git/ .hg/ .svn/ .bzr/ _darcs/

  • To exclude files or directories from the search, use the Vim’s option wildignore and/or the option g:ctrlp_custom_ignore:

    set wildignore+=*/tmp/*,*.so,*.swp,*.zip  " MacOSX/Linux
    set wildignore+=tmp\*,*.swp,*.zip,*.exe   " Windows
    let g:ctrlp_custom_ignore = '\.git$\|\.hg$\|\.svn$'
    let g:ctrlp_custom_ignore = {
      \ 'dir':  '\.git$\|\.hg$\|\.svn$',
      \ 'file': '\.exe$\|\.so$\|\.dll$',
      \ 'link': 'some_bad_symbolic_links',
      \ }
  • Use a custom file listing command:

    let g:ctrlp_user_command = 'find %s -type f'        " MacOSX/Linux
    let g:ctrlp_user_command = 'dir %s /-n /b /s /a-d'  " Windows
  • Define an external matcher:

    let g:ctrlp_match_func = {}

Check the docs for more mappings, commands and options.

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