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Vimium - The Hacker's Browser

Vimium is a Chrome extension that provides keyboard based navigation and control in the spirit of the Vim editor.

Installation instructions:

You can install the stable version of Vimium from the Chrome Extensions Gallery.

Alternatively, you can install it from source:

  1. Navigate to chrome://extensions
  2. Toggle into Developer Mode
  3. Click on "Load Unpacked Extension..."
  4. Select the Vimium directory.

The Options page can be reached via a link on the help dialog (hit ?) or via the button next to Vimium on the Chrome Extensions page (chrome://extensions).

Keyboard Bindings

Modifier keys are specified as <c-x> <m-x>, <a-x> for ctrl+x, meta+x, and alt+x respectively. See the next section for instructions on modifying these bindings.

Navigating the current page:

?       show the help dialog for a list of all available keys
h       scroll left
j       scroll down
k       scroll up
l       scroll right
gg      scroll to top of the page
G       scroll to bottom of the page
d       scroll down half a page
u       scroll up half a page
f       open a link in the current tab
F       open a link in a new tab
r       reload
gs      view source
zi      zoom in
zo      zoom out
i       enter insert mode -- all commands will be ignored until you hit esc to exit
yy      copy the current url to the clipboard
gf      cycle forward to the next frame

Using find:

/       enter find mode -- type your search query and hit enter to search or esc to cancel
n       cycle forward to the next find match
N       cycle backward to the previous find match

Navigating your history:

H       go back in history
L       go forward in history

Manipulating tabs:

J, gT      go one tab left
K, gt      go one tab right
t          create tab
x          close current tab
X          restore closed tab (i.e. unwind the 'x' command)

Additional advanced browsing commands:

]]      Follow the link labeled 'next' or '>'. Helpful for browsing paginated sites.
[[      Follow the link labeled 'previous' or '<'. Helpful for browsing paginated sites.
<a-f>   open multiple links in a new tab
gi      focus the first (or n-th) text input box on the page
gu      go up one level in the URL hierarchy
zH      scroll all the way left
zL      scroll all the way right
z0      reset zoom to default value

Vimium supports command repetition so, for example, hitting '5t' will open 5 tabs in rapid succession. ESC (or <c-[>) will clear any partial commands in the queue and will also exit insert and find modes.

Custom Key Mappings

You may remap or unmap any of the default key bindings in the "Key mappings" section under "Advanced Options" on the options page.

Enter one of the following key mapping commands per line:

  • map key command: Maps a key to a Vimium command. Overrides Chrome's default behavior (if any).
  • unmap key: Unmaps a key and restores Chrome's default behavior (if any).
  • unmapAll: Unmaps all bindings. This is useful if you want to completely wipe Vimium's defaults and start from scratch with your own setup.


  • map <c-d> scrollPageDown maps ctrl+d to scrolling the page down. Chrome's default behavior of bringing up a bookmark dialog is suppressed.
  • map r reload maps the r key to reloading the page.
  • unmap <c-d> removes any mapping for ctrl+d and restores Chrome's default behavior.
  • unmap r removes any mapping for the r key.

Available Vimium commands can be found via the "Show Available Commands" link near the key mapping box. The command name appears to the right of the description in parenthesis.

You can add comments to your key mappings by starting a line with " or #.

The following special keys are available for mapping:

  • <c-*>, <a-*>, <m-*> for ctrl, alt, and meta (command on Mac) respectively with any key. Replace * with the key of choice.
  • <left>, <right>, <up>, <down> for the arrow keys
  • <f1> through <f12> for the function keys

Shifts are automatically detected so, for example, <c-&> corresponds to ctrl+shift+7 on an English keyboard.


You'd like to fix a bug or implement a feature? Great! Check out the bugs on our issues tracker, or implement one of the suggestions there that have been tagged 'todo'. If you have a suggestion of your own, start a discussion on the issues tracker or on the mailing list. If it mirrors a similar feature in another browser or in Vim itself, let us know! Once you've picked something to work on, add a comment to the respective issue so others don't duplicate your effort.

When you're done, send us a pull request on Github. Feel free to include a change to the CREDITS file with your patch.

Some brief coding style guidelines: 1) follow the style already present in the file, 2) ensure your lines don't exceed 110 characters.

Release Notes

1.28 (06/29/2011)

  • Support for opening bookmarks (b and B).
  • Support for contenteditable text boxes.
  • Speed improvements and bugfixes.

1.27 (03/24/2011)

  • Improvements and bugfixes.

1.26 (02/17/2011)

  • <c-d>, <c-f> and related are no longer bound by default. You can rebind them on the options page.
  • Faster link hinting.

1.22, 1.23, 1.24, 1.25 (02/10/2011)

  • Some sites are now excluded by default.
  • View source (gs) now opens in a new tab.
  • Support for browsing paginated sites using ]] and [[ to go forward and backward respectively.
  • z0 will reset the zoom level for the current page.
  • Many of the less-used commands are now marked as "advanced" and hidden in the help dialog by default, so that the core command set is more focused and approachable.
  • Improvements to link hinting.
  • Bugfixes.

1.21 (10/24/2010)

  • Critical bugfix for an excluded URLs regression due to frame support.

1.20 (10/24/2010)

  • In link hints mode, holding down the shift key will now toggle between opening in the current tab and opening in a new tab.
  • Two new commands (zH and zL) to scroll to the left and right edges of the page.
  • A new command (gi) to focus the first (or n-th) text input box on the page.
  • A new command (<a-f>) to open up multiple links at a time in new tabs.
  • Frame support.
  • More robust support for non-US keyboard layouts.
  • Numerous bug fixes.

1.19 (06/29/2010)

  • A critical bug fix for development channel Chromium.
  • Vimium icons for the Chrome extensions panel and other places.

1.18 (06/22/2010)

  • Vimium now runs on pages with file:/// and ftp:///
  • The Options page is now linked from the Help dialog.
  • Arrow keys and function keys can now be mapped using <left>, <right>, <up>, <down>, <f1>, <f2>, etc. in the mappings interface.
  • There is a new command goUp (mapped to gu by default) that will go up one level in the URL hierarchy. For example: from to At the moment, goUp does not support command repetition.
  • Bug fixes and optimizations.

1.17 (04/18/2010)

  • 'u' now restores tabs that were closed by the mouse or with native shortcuts. Tabs are also restored in their prior position.
  • New 'unmapAll' command in the key mappings interface to remove all default mappings.
  • Link hints are now faster and more reliable.
  • Bug fixes.

1.16 (03/09/2010)

  • Add support for configurable key mappings under Advanced Options.
  • A help dialog which shows all currently bound keyboard shortcuts. Type "?" to see it.
  • Bug fixes related to key stroke handling.

1.15 (01/31/2010)

  • Make the CSS used by the link hints configurable. It's under Advanced Options.
  • Add a notification linking to the changelog when Vimium is updated in the background.
  • Link-hinting performance improvements and bugfixes.
  • Ctrl+D and Ctrl+U now scroll by 1/2 page instead of a fixed amount, to mirror Vim's behavior.

1.14 (01/21/2010)

  • Fixed a bug introduced in 1.13 that prevented excluded URLs from being saved.

1.13 (01/21/2010)

  • <c-f> and <c-b> are now mapped to scroll a full page up or down respectively.
  • Bugfixes related to entering insert mode when the page first loads, and when focusing Flash embeds.
  • Added command listing to the Options page for easy reference.
  • J & K have reversed for tab switching: J goes left and K goes right.
  • <c-[> is now equivalent to ESC, to match the behavior of VIM.
  • <c-e> and <c-y> are now mapped to scroll down and up respectively.
  • The characters used for link hints are now configurable under Advanced Options.

1.11, 1.12 (01/08/2010)

  • Commands 'gt' & 'gT' to move to the next & previous tab.
  • Command 'yy' to yank (copy) the current tab's url to the clipboard.
  • Better Linux support.
  • Fix for Shift+F link hints.
  • ESC now clears the keyQueue. So, for example, hitting 'g', 'ESC', 'g' will no longer scroll the page.

1.1 (01/03/2010)

  • A nicer looking settings page.
  • An exclusion list that allows you to define URL patterns for which Vimium will be disabled (e.g. http*://*).
  • Vimium-interpreted keystrokes are no longer sent to the page.
  • Better Windows support.
  • Various miscellaneous bug fixes and UI improvements.


Copyright (c) 2010 Phil Crosby, Ilya Sukhar. See MIT-LICENSE.txt for details.