The Vim Configuration. Uses vim-plug to manage plugins.
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If you're trying to use this config checkout this cheat sheet.

This vimfiles support both standard vim and neovim, I'd encourage you to give neovim a try.

If you're using neovim follow this guide in order to get it properly setup. The autocompletion plugin we use needs python3 support too.

If you choose regular vim you can install it on ubuntu via the vim-nox package, or on macOS with Homebrew via brew install vim.

Table of Contents

  1. Using This Configuration
  2. Installation
  3. Additional Dependencies
  4. ctags
  5. Updating
  6. Customizing
  7. Changing Configuration
  8. Adding Plugins
  9. Functionality
  10. Defaults Overridden
  11. Screenshots

Using This Configuration

This configuration is supposed to be used directly, not forked. If you intend to keep up to date with changes made to this repo it's recommended that you just clone this repository and customize the config using the provided hooks. If you have a feature or fix to submit, feel free to fork and send a PR.


As simple as:

curl | bash

# To override you current config:
# curl | FORCE=1 bash

Additional Dependencies

Most of the dependencies are installed automatically, assuming you have a minimal development environment for you language. For example we download all the tools for golang and elm automatically. git is assumed to be installed and so is ag or ack, if either of those is not, some plugins may not behave as expected.


ctags is used to jump to function definitions, it is not strictly necessary if you don't need that functionality, if you want to be able to jump effectively to definitions install the correct version of ctags.


brew uninstall ctags
brew install --HEAD universal-ctags/universal-ctags/universal-ctags


exuberant-ctags from your OS is generally enough for most things, but if you want more CSS, ruby and other goodnesses you will need to manually compile and replace your ctags installation with:


You should frequently update you copy of this config, to get latest fixes and improvements. To do so you can run:


Assuming /usr/local/bin is on your PATH on OSX or ~/bin/ on Linux.

If that doesn't work you can always run the script directly:



We load 3 extra configuration files that are NOT part of this repo:

  • ~/.vimrc.local.before (to open: ,vb): Configuration to be set before everything else, this runs before any plugin or any config from this repository.
  • ~/.vimrc.local (to open: ,vl): Configuration to be set after everything else, this runs after all other configuration is loaded and all plugins are setup.
  • ~/.vimrc.local.plugins (to open: ,vp): Extra plugins to be loaded (along with maybe optional configuration for them). Is loaded after all the default plugins are installed.

A common pattern is for individuals or teams to have those 3 files checked in to a separate dotfiles repository and have them be symlinked into your $HOME directory. Symlink them before you run the install script and everything should work.

Changing Configuration

You might want to change some config such as disabling autocompletion or enabling auto save, or maybe just changing your colorscheme. You can do so by editing the ~/.vimrc.local file, for example:

Changing colorscheme:

colorscheme gruvbox

Enabling auto save:

" will save automatically when leaving the buffer
" 0 or 1, defaults 0
let g:autosave = 1

Disabling neocomplete:

let g:neocomplete#enable_at_startup = 0   " disable neocomplete
let g:neocomplcache_enable_at_startup = 0 " disable the fallback version when no LUA

Some configuration values need to be set before loading plugins, for that we have the ~/.vimrc.local.before, that get's loaded before everything else, one example usage of it is enabling fancy characters for the airline plugin:

let g:airline_powerline_fonts = 1

Adding Plugins

If you have a favorite plugin you want to install but couldn't convince me to add it as a default you can still have it be installed by just putting it in the ~/.vimrc.local.plugins, like such:

" Plugin to navigate between camelCase words
Plug 'bkad/CamelCaseMotion'


This config packs a considerable amount of plugins, there are descriptions for most of them here in the comments. It also strives to not override default behavior, although that's not always possible.

There's space to write some guides as to how to effectively use this config for certain languages. The main targets are golang and ruby, although this configuration should be usable with most languages.

Defaults Overridden

These bindings are known to be overridden in this config. Please open an issue if you find any other.

  • |: Default behavior is jump to column. We have it set to :NERDTreeFocus.
  • ,: Default is reverse repeat a f, t, F, or T search. We have it set to <leader>.
  • \: Is the default <leader>. We have it set to :NERDTreeToggle.
  • <enter> or <cr>: Default behavior is to move the cursor one line down. We have it set to save if modified (basically :w when the file has a change).

A lot of small defaults are overridden everywhere else, and those are just to make editing a better experience and should in no way make this vim not feel like vim. For a glance in some of the changes look at config/basic.vim.

A few overridden are worth mentioning:

set splitright

These change where new splits are open, when you for example do :vs the default behavior is to open a split on the left, it feels more natural to open one on the right instead.

set iskeyword+=$,@,-

Add extra characters that are valid parts of variables.


Default colorscheme: hybrid


Alternate colorscheme: monokai