Vim plugin for compiling and uploading arduino sketches
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Vim plugin for compiling, uploading, and debugging arduino sketches. It makes use of the Arduino IDE's commandline interface (new in 1.5.x).


vim-arduino works with Pathogen.

cd ~/.vim/bundle/
git clone

You also need to download the Arduino IDE (version 1.5 or newer) and make sure the arduino command is in your PATH.


The docs have detailed information about configuring vim-arduino:

The main commands you will want to use are:

  • :ArduinoChooseBoard - Select the type of board from a list.
  • :ArduinoChooseProgrammer - Select the programmer from a list.
  • :ArduinoChoosePort - Select the serial port from a list.
  • :ArduinoVerify - Build the sketch.
  • :ArduinoUpload - Build and upload the sketch.
  • :ArduinoSerial - Connect to the board for debugging over a serial port.
  • :ArduinoUploadAndSerial - Build, upload, and connect for debugging.

To make easy use of these, you may want to bind them to a key combination. You can put the following in .vim/ftplugin/arduino.vim:

nnoremap <buffer> <leader>am :ArduinoVerify<CR>
nnoremap <buffer> <leader>au :ArduinoUpload<CR>
nnoremap <buffer> <leader>ad :ArduinoUploadAndSerial<CR>
nnoremap <buffer> <leader>ab :ArduinoChooseBoard<CR>
nnoremap <buffer> <leader>ap :ArduinoChooseProgrammer<CR>

If you want to add the board type to your status line, it's easy with the following:

" my_file.ino [arduino:avr:uno]
function! MyStatusLine()
  return '%f [' . g:arduino_board . ']'
setl statusline=%!MyStatusLine()

Or if you want something a bit fancier that includes serial port info:

" my_file.ino [arduino:avr:uno] [arduino:usbtinyisp] (/dev/ttyACM0:9600)
function! MyStatusLine()
  let port = arduino#GetPort()
  let line = '%f [' . g:arduino_board . '] [' . g:arduino_programmer . ']'
  if !empty(port)
    let line = line . ' (' . port . ':' . g:arduino_serial_baud . ')'
  return line
setl statusline=%!MyStatusLine()

Note: if you are using the 'airline' plugin for the status line, you can display this custom status part instead of the filename extension with:

autocmd BufNewFile,BufRead *.ino let g:airline_section_x='%{MyStatusLine()}'


Everything is under the MIT License except for the wonderful syntax file, which was created by Johannes Hoff and copied from and is under the Vim License.