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vim-qf—short for vim-quickfix—is a growing collection of settings, commands and mappings put together to make working with the location list/window and the quickfix list/window smoother.



Many plugins interact with the quickfix/location list/window in ways that are more or less incompatible with vim-qf. I have put considerable effort in making most vim-qf features optional so it should be possible to disable individual features in case of conflict but well… you never know.

If one of your plugins somehow already manages the quickfix/location list/window, then you should probably look elsewhere.

Global features (available from any window)

  • quickfix buffers are hidden from :ls and buffer navigation

  • quit Vim if the last window is a location/quickfix window

  • close the location window automatically when quitting parent window

  • (optional) mappings for :cnext, :cprevious, :lnext, :lprevious that wrap around the beginning and end of the list

  • (optional) mapping for jumping to and from the location/quickfix window,

  • (optional) mappings for toggling location/quickfix windows

  • (optional) open the location/quickfix window automatically after :make, :grep, :lvimgrep and friends if there are valid locations/errors

  • (optional) automatically set the height of location/quickfix windows to the number of list items if less than Vim's default height (10) or the user's prefered height

Local features (available only in location/quickfix windows)

  • disable relative numbers

  • filter and restore the current list:


  • perform commands on each line in the current list

  • perform commands on each file in the current list

  • jump to next group of entries belonging to same file ("file grouping"):


  • save and load named lists:


  • (optional) disable soft-wrapping

  • (optional) Ack.vim-inspired mappings

  • (optional) shorten filepaths for better legibility


Method 1

Use your favorite runtimepath/plugin manager.

Method 2

If you are using Vim 8.0 or above, move this directory to:

# Unix-like systems
~/.vim/pack/{whatever name you want}/start/vim-qf

# Windows
%userprofile%\vimfiles\pack\{whatever name you want}\start\vim-qf

See :help package.

Method 3

If you are using Vim 7.4 or below, move the files in this directory to their standard location:

# Unix-like systems

# Windows


You can use this command to get help on vim-qf:

:help vim-qf


  • Export more options?

  • Add titles to saved lists, e.g. to display in :ListLists?


  • Use <Plug> mappings.

  • Add proper attribution for a few features.

  • Write a proper help file.

  • Ask #vim's opinion.

  • Add a gifcast to the README.

  • Add :packadd support?