vim-g is a tiny plugin that allows you to perform a quick Google search directly from Vim. It opens a new browser window with results. vim-g uses Perl for url encoding.
Place in ~/.vim/plugin/g.vim or in case of Pathogen:
cd ~/.vim/bundle git clone https://github.com/szw/vim-g.git
Please, don't forget to star the repository if you like (and use) the plugin. This will let me know how many users it has and then how to proceed with further development :).
To lookup a word (or words) in Google use
:G hello :G start up
G command can use a word under the cursor. Just move the cursor to the word and type the same command in the
Additionally, you can select words in the visual mode exactly in the same way. Just select words and type
:G. You can also prepend your selection with more clues:
:G function :G ruby
There is also a special command named
Gf to prepend the current file type automatically:
:Gf :Gf strpos :Gf function
Moreover, you can use double quotes (
") to perform phrase
search. Just enclose some words
between quotation marks as you type. Also, you don't have to close manually open quotation marks. vim-g
will add the missing one itself.
:G "foo bar" :Gf " help substitute :G foo bar " something else
What's even more interesting this also works in the visual mode. Therefore, you can perform a strict phrase search on selected words. Just select words and type:
:G " :G "foo bar
There are just a few global variables (options) you may set in the .vimrc file.
Sets the command used to open the URL. In case of Ubuntu this would be
let g:vim_g_open_command = "xdg-open"
Sets the Perl command. By default it's
let g:vim_g_perl_command = "perl"
Sets the query URL. By default it points to Google of course, but you might want to place your favorite search engine there:
let g:vim_g_query_url = "http://google.com/search?q="
Copyright © 2012 Szymon Wrozynski. Distributed under the same terms as Vim itself.