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A Vim plugin for visually displaying indent levels in code

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Indent Guides

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.
  • Will highlight indent levels with alternating colors.
  • Supports both gvim and terminal vim.


  • vim 7.2+


To install the plugin just copy autoload, plugin, doc directories into your .vim directory.

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://


The default mapping to toggle the plugin is <Leader>ig


:help indent-guides


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