Vim plugin for Geeknote
Python VimL


Geeknote Plugin for Vim. Under active development.


Integrates Geeknote/Evernote into Vim and Neovim.

  • Notebook navigation, creation, and renaming
  • Note viewing, renaming, editing, and creation.




  • Vim 7.4.364 or newer (issues observed with earlier versions)
  • Linux or OSX (not tested on Windows)


  1. If you have not done so already, install Geeknote and login to make sure it is functional. You must login before attempting to use the plugin.

  2. Use your plugin manager of choice to install plugin.

  • Vundle
    • Add Bundle '' to .vimrc
    • Run :BundleInstall
  • Pathogen

    • git clone ~/.vim/bundle/vim-geeknote
  1. If using macvim, refer to for additional instructions.

Optional Setup and Configuration

Quick toggle

noremap <F8> :Geeknote<cr>

Note format

Use the option g:GeeknoteFormat to set the format mode used when saving notes to Geeknote. This is the equivalent of the --format options that Geeknote supports. E.g.:

let g:GeeknoteFormat="markdown"

Warning: It is not advised that you use this option, use it at your own risk. The issue is that in the process of converting your notes from markdown to HTML and back, content is often reformatted. Worse is that if you edit and save a note that has been reformatted, there is even a large potential to lose content! This is a side-effect of the various tools/libs that Geeknote uses in performing the conversions. With the default settings, notes saved with vim-geeknote bypass these format conversions. This means that notes will be saved exactly as they appear within Vim. It also means that the notes will appear in plain-text when viewed outside of Vim in Evernote. If you plan on creating, editing, and viewing your notes in Vim, this trade-off is well worth it. And of course it does not mean that you cannot use the markdown format in your notes.

Navigation Window Behavior

Limit Width

By default, vim-geeknote will attempt to resize the navigation window based on its current content, up to 40 columns. If you have notebooks or notes with very long names you may want to use the following option:

let g:GeeknoteMaxExplorerWidth=<value>

Where <value> is replaced with the max width of the window. Depending on the value you specify, this could be used to increase the cap in order to view longer names or decrease it to keep the navigation window even smaller.

Fix Width

Use the following option to fix the width of the window to a specific value:

let g:GeeknoteExplorerWidth=<value>

Where <value> is replaced with the desired width of the window. This option overrides all other width-related options.

Limit View to Specific Notebooks


By default, all notebooks will be shown in the navigation window. Depending on the number notebooks you have, this can add a non-trivial amount of time to the load time of the plugin. You may also simply not want to see your full set of notebooks when working in Vim. Use the following option to limit the display to a specific notebook or set of notebooks:

let g:GeeknoteNotebooks=
\    [
\        'aaaaaaaa-bbbb-cccc-dddd-eeeeeeeeeee', 
\        'aaaaaaaa-bbbb-cccc-dddd-eeeeeeeeeee', 
\    ]
By Expression

Notebooks can also be filtered by expressions. Use the following option to specify a list of regular expressions to apply to each notebook to decide if it should be included in the navigation window. Unlike filtering by GUID, this option does not yield a performance improvement. In fact, it may slightly degrade it depending on the number of expressions you specify.

let g:GeeknoteNotebookFilters=
\    [
\        'Unsorted'          ,
\        '^Status - WW(\d+)$',
\    ]

Explorer Special Characters

The following options may be used to customize the characters used to denote opened/closed notebooks and tags:

let g:GeeknoteExplorerNodeClosed = '+'
let g:GeeknoteExplorerNodeOpened = '-'

Both unicode and ascii characters are supported.


It may sometimes be convenient to launch geeknote in a new instance of Vim. An alias can be helpful for this. Here an example for bash:

alias vim-geeknote='vi -c Geeknote'


Powerline may be used to improve the look of the navigation window as well as any notes that you open. At this time however, if you'd like this support, you'll need to use my personal powerline fork locate here:

Just install it in the normal fashion and everything should just work.

Geeknote Autocommands

vim-geeknote uses FileType geeknote for the navigation window. This may be used to set your own custom behavior. For example, the following disables line numbers in the navigation window:

autocmd FileType geeknote setlocal nonumber


vim-geeknote uses temporary files to display the navigation window and for any notes that are opened. By default, files are created in the system temp directory (ie. TMPDIR, TEMP, or TMP). The following option allows the user to specify where all temp (or scratch) files should be maintained. Note that vim-geeknote will attempt to cleanup after itself when it is proper to do so.

let g:GeeknoteScratchDirectory=<path>

Where <path> is replaced with the desired filesystem location for any and all temp files created by vim-geeknote. Note that the path must exist. The plugin will not attempt to create it.


Toggle Geeknote Navigation Window

Use :Geeknote to open/toggle the geeknote navigation window. If the navigation window is not visible, this command will split the current window vertically and display the navigation window on the left-side. If visible, the navigation window will be hidden. Notebooks can be expanded to show the notes they contain. To expand a notebook, simply navigate to the name of the notebook and hit <Enter>. Hit <Enter> again to close the notebook. To open/view a note, navigate to the note and hit <Enter>. The note will be displayed in the previous window if it is possible to do so or in a new vertical split. To save changes to the note, simply save the buffer (e.g. :w). The title of the note will be shown on the first line. The title line should not be deleted from the buffer but may be modified to rename the note.

Creating Notebooks

Use :GeeknoteCreateNotebook <name> to create a new notebook.

Creating Notes

Use :GeeknoteCreateNote <name> to create a new note. The note will be created in the notebook currently selected in the navigation window. If a notebook is not selected, the note will be created in the default notebook. A new buffer for the note will be displayed in the previous window if it is possible to do so or in a new vertical split.

Use :GeeknoteSaveAsNote to create a new note using the content of the current buffer. The first line in the buffer will be used as the note's title. The remainder of the buffer will be saved as note content. Note this this command will create and switch to a new buffer.

Renaming Notebooks and Notes

To rename notebooks or notes, simply modify the name of the notebook/note in the navigation window and save the bugger (e.g. :w). Any number of changes can be made before saving, but be sure not to modify an item's GUID.

Moving Notes

To move a note into a different notebook, simply move the note's text (includes title and GUID) under the desired notebook in the navigation window and save the buffer. Similar to renaming, any number notes can be moved before saving the buffer.


Use :GeeknoteSync to update the navigation with the latest data on the Evernote server. Warning, any notes that are opened when this command is issued will not be updated. Support for this will be added in future releases.


Use :GeeknoteSearch <text> to search for notes with specific text in their titles' and/or content. All results will be added to the nagivation window.



  • Refresh open notes upon :GeeknoteSync
  • Complete tag support (adding tags, applying/removing to/from notes)
  • Customizable note display
  • Improved notebook creation process


Copyright (c) Neil Gabriel. Distributed under the same terms as Vim itself. See :help license.