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Vundle is a short cut for Vimbundle and is a Vim plugin manager.

Quick start

  1. Setup Vundle:

    git clone ~/.vim/vundle.git
  2. Configure bundles:

    Put into your ~/.vimrc:

    set rtp+=~/.vim/vundle.git/ 
    call vundle#rc()
    " Bundles:
    Bundle "L9"
    Bundle "FuzzyFinder"
    Bundle "rails.vim"
    Bundle "ack.vim"
    Bundle "git://"
    " ...
    " NOTE: if some plugins fail to work, put the config *between* lines:
    " filetype off
    " "Bundles here
    " filetype plugin indent on 
  3. Install configured bundles:

    Launch vim, run :BundleInstall (no Vim restart required since v0.5)

    Installing requires Git and triggers Git clone for each configured repo to ~/.vim/bundle/.

Why Vundle

Vundle allows to:

  • keep track and configure your scripts right in .vimrc
  • install configured scripts (aka bundle)
  • update configured scripts
  • search by name
  • clean unused scripts up
  • run above actions in a single keypress with interactive mode

Also Vundle:

  • manages runtime path of your installed scripts
  • regenerates helptag atomatically


see :h vundle vimdoc for more details.


See gmarik's vimrc for working example.

Inspiration and ideas from


  • Vundle was developed and tested with Vim 7.3 on OSX and Linux
  • Vundle wasn't tested on windows(so if you care i'm waiting for your pull request)
  • Vundle tries to be as KISS as possible


Vundle is a work in progress so any ideas/patches appreciated

  • √ activate newly added bundles on .vimrc reload or after :BundleInstall
  • √ use preview window for search results
  • √ vim documentation
  • tests
  • improve error handling
  • :VundleUpdate - self.update
  • handle dependencies
  • allow specify revision/version?
  • search by description aswell
  • show descrption in search results
  • instead sourcing .vimrc before installation come up with another solution
  • make it rock!
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