Custom Haskell Vimscripts
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Syntax Highlighting and Indentation for Haskell and Cabal

I was unhappy with the Haskell scripts that are shipped with vim, therefore I decided to make my own based on idris-vim.

I hope you find this useful.



  • Covers a broader spectrum of keywords
  • Highlighting for new features like type families, pattern synonyms, arrow syntax, recursive do, role annotations, QuasiQuotation
  • More contextual highlighting (e.g. highlight 'as' or 'family' only in appropriate places)
  • Smarter indentation
  • Better Cabal support


I recommend using Pathogen for installation. Simply clone this repo into your ~/.vim/bundle directory and you are ready to go.

cd ~/.vim/bundle
git clone

Be sure that the following lines are in your .vimrc

syntax on
filetype plugin indent on

Manual Installation

Copy content into your ~/.vim directory.



To enable the features you would like to use, just add the according line to your .vimrc.

  • let g:haskell_enable_quantification = 1 to enable highlighting of forall
  • let g:haskell_enable_recursivedo = 1 to enable highlighting of mdo and rec
  • let g:haskell_enable_arrowsyntax = 1 to enable highlighting of proc
  • let g:haskell_enable_pattern_synonyms = 1 to enable highlighting of pattern
  • let g:haskell_enable_typeroles = 1 to enable highlighting of type roles
  • let g:haskell_enable_static_pointers = 1 to enable highlighting of static


haskell-vim has an opinionated highlighting. If you do not like that you can swtich to a more traditional mode by setting g:haskell_classic_highlighting to 1.


To configure indentation in haskell-vim you can use the following variables to change indentation depth, just add the according line to your .vimrc.


  • let g:haskell_indent_if = 3

    if bool
    >>>then ...
    >>>else ...
  • let g:haskell_indent_case = 2

    case xs of
    >>[]     -> ...
    >>(y:ys) -> ...
  • let g:haskell_indent_let = 4

    let x = 0 in
  • let g:haskell_indent_where = 6

    where f :: Int -> Int
    >>>>>>f x = x
  • let g:haskell_indent_do = 3

    do x <- a
    >>>y <- b
  • let g:haskell_indent_in = 1

    let x = 1
    >in x
  • let g:haskell_indent_guard = 2

    f x y


  • let g:cabal_indent_section = 2 (limited to max. 4 spaces)

    executable name
    >>main-is:             Main.hs