Vim plugin with support for Grunt
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autoload :Gtest command, runs grunt test and displat error in quickfix window May 6, 2012
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A lightweight wrapper to Grunt, so that you could grunt things directly from Vim

This plugin tries to detect a valid Gruntfile ({grunt|Gruntfile}.{js|coffee}), in the current working directory. If it does, it defines a handy set of commands to work with grunt test or lint task, to browse one of grunt documentation page and significantly ease navigation of the Grunt directory structure.

There are a lot more features I'd like to see implemented or further improved, but it's already been quite useful to me. Features:

  • Interface to grunt. Use :Grunt to run the given task(s), really similar to directly running :!grunt --no-color <task, ...>.

  • Grunt documentation as vim helpfile. Run :Helptags in the plugin directory and you'll get a bunch of :help grunt-* available. These doc/*.txt helpfiles are generated automatically from markdown files in grunt repository.

  • Easy navigation of the Grunt directory structure. gf and :find know about task and test files. The path has been modified to include current directory, tasks/, and bin/. For more advanced usage, :Gtask, :Gtest commands are provided.

  • :Gtask [{name}] Edit the specified task (in tasks/{name}.{js|coffee}}) or load a predefined template in current buffer. :Gtask <tab> works too.

  • :Gtest {name} Edit the specified test or load a predefined template in current buffer. :Gtest <tab> works too.

  • Integration with quickfix window for displaying errors in grunt test or lint task.

  • :Glint runs grunt lint and collects output for quickfix window display.

  • :Gtest without arguments acts pretty much like :Glint.

  • :Gdoc is a simple and handy command to open a web browser to one of the Grunt docuementation page on github. Just like, :Gtest or :Gtask, a limited amount of completion is supported.


Using pathogen.vim is the best way to install this plugin. Actually, some of pathogen function helpers are used internally, so pathogen might very well be considered as one of grunt.vim dependency.

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

Once help tags have been generated (either manually with :helptags or via pathogen's :Helptags which might very well be directly put in your .vimrc) you can view the manual with :help grunt.

This plugin also assumes both node and grunt are installed and available in your $PATH, but that sounds reasonable for a Vim Grunt plugin.


grunt.vim will automatically display errors in the quickfix window.

See :h quickfix

In the quickfix window, each line is one error. The line number is equal to the error number. You can use "" to jump to the error under the cursor. Hitting the key or double-clicking the mouse on a line has the same effect. The file containing the error is opened in the window above the quickfix window. If there already is a window for that file, it is used

Once an error is fixed the corresponding quickfix line will disappear. This works either way, the quickfix window is updated on file save, whenever :Gtest or :Glint commands detect error output.


Pretty minimal. No configuration hooks for now (except from g:loaded_grunt that if set to 1 in your .vimrc will prevent the plugin from being loaded)

A few notes

This plugin cares about the current working directory. Open Vim from within a directory with a valid Gruntfile (grunt.js,, Gruntfile.js or

The only command always available is :Grunt.

License & Acknowledgement

A lot of the codebase is either directly inspired, or extracted from Tim pope's most excellent vim-rails plugin.

Similarly, pathogen#glob function is the main handler of the few completion function grunt.vim provides.

Also, the handy parsejson#ParseJSON utility is used and included in autoload/, as a library script.

License: Same as the three plugins mentioned above, same as Vim. See :help license.