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Vimana is an easy to use system for searching, installing, and downloading vim script.

Vimana provides a command-line interface such like aptitude program on Debian linux, for you to search, download, install, upgrade scripts from (vim online site).

Vimana can install a vim script package to your vim runtime path automatically by inspecting the content of archive file or vim script. for example, if an archive file contains 'syntax', 'plugin', 'indent' directory, then these files should be installed to ~/.vim/ directory. if it is a vim color scheme, then it should be put into ~/.vim/colors/ and prompt for setting the installed colorscheme as default.

Rakefile, makefile, vim meta and vimball installation are supported.

For scripts have their own docs, Vimana will try to update helptags after the installations.

You can also write your own vim meta file (by VIM::Packager) or Makefile, Rakefile for installer. if you use either Makefile or Rakefile, you should make the installatino record by yourself, to support uninstallation.

(In some modern Indian languages, vimāna or vimān means "aircraft".)

NOTE: Vimana only provides search, info, and install commmands currently.




For First Time CPAN Users:

Install miyagawa's cpanminus , which doesnt require any complex configurations. It's easy, clean and faster than the old CPAN shell:

$ git clone git://
$ cd cpanminus
$ perl Makefile.PL
$ make install

Or if dont have permission, you can try this way:

$ wget -O ~/bin/cpanm
$ chmod +x cpanm

Run cpanminus to install Vimana from CPAN:

$ cpanm Vimana

Or from github tarball:

$ cpanm

Or git clone from github:

$ git clone git://
$ cd Vimana
$ cpanm .

You can also skip tests:

$ cpanm -n

To see other cpanm options:

$ cpanm --help

For non-root permission users, cpanm will install modules into ~/perl5 directory. so you will need to export PERL5LIB, add below line in your .bashrc or .zshrc:

export PERL5LIB=~/perl5/lib/perl5;$PERL5LIB


to update index

$ vimana update

to search jifty script

$ vimana search rails

to search colorscheme:

$ vimana search -t color

to search ftplugin:

$ vimana search -t ftplugin

to search ftplugin and "abc" keyword:

$ vimana search -t ftplugin abc

to install snipmate.vim package:

$ vimana install snipmate

to install snipmate.vim package to the other runtime path:

$ vimana i snipmate -r ~/.vim-other-rtp

# or

$ vimana install snipmate --runtime-path ~/.vim-other-rtp

to install rails.vim package:

$ vimana install rails.vim

to download:

$ vimana download markdown-syntax.vim

to remove a package:

$ vimana remove fuzzyfinder

to force remove a package:

$ vimana remove -f fuzzyfinder

to list installed packages:

$ vimana installed

to list installed package content:

$ vimana installed snipmate

to rate plugin:

$ vimana rate snipmate 2  # rate life changing


$ vimana i   # alias of install command.
$ vimana s   # alias of search command.
$ vimana d   # alias of download command.


$ vimana i hypergit.vim
$ vimana i the-nerd-tree
$ vimana i autocomplpop
$ vimaan i gsession.vim
$ vimana i snipmate
$ vimana i svg.vim
$ vimana i railscasts-theme
$ vimana i dark-ruby
$ vimana i
$ vimana i xml.vim
$ vimana i cctree
$ vimana i markdown-syntax
$ vimana i gist.vim
$ vimana i googlereader.vim

$ vimana i git:git://
$ vimana i
$ vimana i svn:svn+ssh://path/to/your/repo

$ vimana i jslint.vim
$ vimana i fakeclip

$ vimana remove fakeclip

$ cd snipmate.git
$ vimana install .    # install from current path.

$ vimana installed   # list installed scripts

$ vimana installed gist.vim  # list installed content of gist.vim

$ vimana upgrade gist.vim


  1. use vim runtime directory structure like this:

  2. add type info in your vim script file:

    " script type: plugin

uppercase also available:

    " Script Type: plugin

then the script will be installed into ~/.vim/plugin/.


After installing, you can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

perldoc Vimana

IRC Channel:

#vimana on

You can also look for information at:

vim-addon-manager : another vim script manager (which is written in VimL).

RT, CPAN's request tracker

AnnoCPAN, Annotated CPAN documentation

CPAN Ratings

Search CPAN


c9s (Cornelius)

Mattn Yasuhiro Matsumoto


Copyright (C) 2007 You-An Lin 林佑安 ( Cornelius / c9s )

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.