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My personal VIM configuration
VimL Other
branch: master



This Vim configuration is meant to make Vim feel more like an IDE than a simple console-based text editor. I use it mostly under with MacVIM and Linux GVim though I occasionally run it directly in a terminal.


Run these commands to get this Vim configuration working on your OS X or Linux machine:

cd ~
git clone git:// .vim
ln -s ~/.vim/vimrc ~/.vimrc


  • Edit many files at the same time
  • File Browser on left side of screen
  • Functions, Variables, Classes on right
  • Move between files in center screen
  • View status of the current GIT repo, if applicable
  • Additional features when running under MacVIM
  • Quickly navigate to files using a fuzzy finder

Switching between files (Buffers)

  • Use ,q to close the current file (a different file will appear in its place)
  • Use Ctrl h Ctrl l to move between open files
    • Ctrl Left Ctrl Right also works for switching between files
    • While in MacVIM, you can swipe left and right to switch between open files
  • Use Cmd Shift N (or Alt n in Linux GVim) to open a new empty buffer

Viewports (Windows/Splits)

  • Use ,h ,j ,k ,l to navigate between viewports
  • Use ,Q to close the current window (you probably won't ever need to do this)
  • Use ,n to toggle the file browser
  • Use ,y to toggle the tag browser
  • Use Ctrl+P to perform a recursive fuzzy filename search
  • Use ,a and type a phrase to search to search based on content within your files (quote and escape if needed)
  • Use ,A to close the open ack search results at the bottom of the screen

File Browser (NERDTree)

  • Use ,n to toggle the file browser
  • Use standard movement keys to move around
  • Use Ctrl j and Ctrl k to move between siblings (aka skip over children in expanded folders)
  • Use C to make the highlighted node the current working directory
  • Use :Bookmark BookmarkName to bookmark the current selection
  • Use B to toggle the bookmark menu
  • Use ? if you'd like some NERDTree documentation
  • Use o to open the selected file in a new buffer
  • Use t to open the selected file in a new tab


  • Use Cmd t (or Alt t in Linux GVim) to open a new tab
  • Use Cmd w (or Alt w in Linux GVim) to close the current tab
  • Use Cmd 1 to Cmd 9 (or Alt 1 to Alt 9 in Linux GVim) to navigate to the specified tab

Tag Browser (Tag List)

  • Use y to toggle the tag browser viewport
  • Use s to reorder the items by alpha or occurance

Themes (ColorSchemes)

There is a very large collection of colorschemes in this repository. Many of them can be seen here. Set the scheme using :colorscheme NAME.


Copying and Pasting between OS

  • Use ,c to copy the highlighted text into the OS clipboard
  • Use ,v to paste the OS clipboard into the document
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