Quick Google lookup directly from Vim
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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


To lookup a word (or words) in Google use G command:

: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 command line:


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 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.

  • g:vim_g_open_command

    Sets the command used to open the URL. In case of Ubuntu this could be "xdg-open" and that is the default value:

      let g:vim_g_open_command = "xdg-open"
  • g:vim_g_perl_command

    Sets the Perl command. By default it's "perl":

      let g:vim_g_perl_command = "perl"
  • g:vim_g_query_url

    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.

See :help license