Indent Guides is a plugin for visually displaying indent levels in Vim.
- Can detect both tab and space indent styles.
- Automatically inspects your colorscheme and picks appropriate colors (gVim only).
- Will highlight indent levels with alternating colors.
- Full support for gVim and basic support for Terminal Vim.
- Seems to work on Windows gVim 7.3 (haven't done any extensive tests though).
- Customizable size for indent guides, eg. skinny guides (soft-tabs only).
- Customizable start indent level.
- NEW: Highlight support for files with a mixture of tab and space indent styles.
- Vim 7.2+
To install the plugin just copy
doc directories into your
Alternatively if you have Pathogen installed, just clone this repo into a subdirectory of your
.vim/bundle directory like so:
cd ~/.vim/bundle git clone git://github.com/nathanaelkane/vim-indent-guides.git
The default mapping to toggle the plugin is
This plugin should work with gVim out of the box, no configuration needed. It will automatically inspect your colorscheme and pick appropriate colors.
Setting custom indent colors
Here's an example of how to define custom colors instead of using the ones the plugin automatically generates for you. Add this to your
let g:indent_guides_auto_colors = 0 autocmd VimEnter,Colorscheme * :hi IndentGuidesOdd guibg=red ctermbg=3 autocmd VimEnter,Colorscheme * :hi IndentGuidesEven guibg=green ctermbg=4
Alternatively you can add the following lines to your colorscheme file.
hi IndentGuidesOdd guibg=red ctermbg=3 hi IndentGuidesEven guibg=green ctermbg=4
At the moment Terminal Vim only has basic support. This means is that colors won't be automatically calculated based on your colorscheme. Instead, some preset colors are used depending on whether
background is set to
set background=dark is used, the following highlight colors will be defined:
hi IndentGuidesOdd ctermbg=black hi IndentGuidesEven ctermbg=darkgrey
set background=light is used, the following highlight colors will be defined:
hi IndentGuidesOdd ctermbg=white hi IndentGuidesEven ctermbg=lightgrey
If for some reason it's incorrectly defining light highlight colors instead of dark ones or vice versa, the first thing you should check is that the
background value is being set correctly for your colorscheme. Sometimes it's best to manually set the
background value in your
.vimrc, for example:
colorscheme desert256 set background=dark
Alternatively you can manually setup the highlight colors yourself, see
:help indent_guides_auto_colors for an example.