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Most Recently Used (MRU) Vim plugin

The Most Recently Used (MRU) plugin provides an easy access to a list of recently opened/edited files in Vim. This plugin automatically stores the file names as you open/edit them in Vim.

This plugin works with both Vim and Neovim and will work on all the platforms where Vim/Neovim are supported. This plugin will work in both console and GUI Vim. This version of the MRU plugin needs Vim 7.0 and above.


You can install this plugin by downloading the .zip or the .tar.gz file for the latest MRU release from the following page:

For Vim 8.0 and above, you can expand the .zip file in the following directory (on Unix/Linux/MacOS systems):

$ mkdir -p $HOME/.vim/pack/downloads/start/mru
$ cd $HOME/.vim/pack/downloads/start/mru
$ unzip <>

For Vim 7.4 and before, you can use the following steps (on Unix/Linux/MacOS systems):

$ mkdir $HOME/.vim
$ cd $HOME/.vim
$ unzip <>

You can also install this plugin directly from github using the following steps (for Vim 8.0 and above):

$ mkdir -p $HOME/.vim/pack/downloads/start/mru
$ cd $HOME/.vim/pack/downloads/start
$ git clone

For NeoVim:

$ mkdir -p $HOME/.config/nvim/pack/downloads/start/mru
$ cd $HOME/.config/nvim/pack/downloads/start
$ git clone

or you can use any one of the Vim plugin managers (vim-plug, dein.vim, pathogen, minpac, vam, volt, Vundle, etc.) to install and manage this plugin.


After the plugin is installed, it will automatically start to record the names of all the recently used files in the $HOME/.vim_mru_files text file.

To open a file from the recently used file list, enter the following command:


This will open a temporary window with the list of file names in the MRU list where you can press <Enter> to open a file.

You can fuzzy search a text in the list of file names, by passing a search text to the :MRU command:

:MRU <search_text>

This will open the MRU window with only the file names fuzzy matching the supplied search string.

The user manual is available at: