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Quantify your coding inside Vim.


  1. Install Vundle, the Vim plugin manager.

  2. Using Vundle:
    echo "Bundle 'wakatime/vim-wakatime'" >> ~/.vimrc && vim +BundleInstall

or using Pathogen:
cd ~/.vim/bundle && git clone git://

  1. Enter your api key, then press enter.

  2. Use Vim and your coding activity will be displayed on your WakaTime dashboard.

Note: WakaTime depends on Python being installed to work correctly.

Screen Shots

Project Overview


Custom Commands:

  • :WakaTimeApiKey - change the api key saved in your ~/.wakatime.cfg
  • :WakaTimeDebugEnable - enable debug mode (may slow down Vim so disable when finished debugging)
  • :WakaTimeDebugDisable - disable debug mode
  • :WakaTimeScreenRedrawEnable - temporarily enable screen redraw to prevent artifacts
  • :WakaTimeScreenRedrawDisable - disable screen redraw for performance

Vimrc Settings:

let g:wakatime_PythonBinary = '/usr/bin/python'

Tells the plugin to use a custom python binary. The default is to use python from your system PATH.

let g:wakatime_ScreenRedraw = 1

Enables redrawing the screen after sending heartbeats, to prevent screen artifacts in case a key was pressed while the plugin executed.

WakaTime plugins share a common config file located in your user home folder at ~/.wakatime.cfg with common plugin settings.


Run :WakaTimeDebugEnable in Vim then run this Terminal command:

tail -f ~/.wakatime.log

Enabling Debug Mode writes Vim Script errors to your Vim Status Bar and tells wakatime-cli to write verbose logs to $WAKATIME_HOME/.wakatime.log.

Debug mode can make it hard to find the real error because of all the extra logging, so also try disabling Debug Mode while tailing ~/.wakatime.log and editing files in Vim. With Debug Mode enabled, the plugin sends data synchronously so disable it when finished debugging with :WakaTimeDebugDisable.

The How to Debug Plugins guide shows how to check when coding activity was last received from Vim use the User Agents API. For more general troubleshooting info, see the wakatime-cli Troubleshooting Section.


Remove Bundle 'wakatime/vim-wakatime' from your .vimrc file, then delete your ~/.wakatime.cfg config file.