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nvim-genghis ⚔️

Lightweight and quick file operations without being a full-blown file manager.


  • Commands for moving, renaming, creating, deleting, or, duplicating files and more.
  • Commands for copying the path or name of the current file in various formats.
  • All movement and renaming commands update import statements to the renamed file (if the LSP supports workspace/willRenameFiles).
  • Lightweight: no file management UI or file tree.
  • Various quality-of-life improvements like automatically keeping the extensions when no extension is given.
  • Fully written in lua and makes use of up-to-date nvim features like vim.ui.input.

Installation and Setup

-- Packer
use {"chrisgrieser/nvim-genghis", requires = "stevearc/dressing.nvim"}

-- Lazy
{"chrisgrieser/nvim-genghis", dependencies = "stevearc/dressing.nvim"},

nvim-genghis (and dressing.nvim) require no .setup() function. Just create keybindings for the commands you want to use:

local keymap = vim.keymap.set
local genghis = require("genghis")
keymap("n", "<leader>yp", genghis.copyFilepath)
keymap("n", "<leader>yn", genghis.copyFilename)
keymap("n", "<leader>cx", genghis.chmodx)
keymap("n", "<leader>rf", genghis.renameFile)
keymap("n", "<leader>mf", genghis.moveAndRenameFile)
keymap("n", "<leader>mc", genghis.moveToFolderInCwd)
keymap("n", "<leader>nf", genghis.createNewFile)
keymap("n", "<leader>yf", genghis.duplicateFile)
keymap("n", "<leader>df", genghis.trashFile)
keymap("x", "<leader>x", genghis.moveSelectionToNewFile)

Available Commands

File Operation Commands

  • .createNewFile or :New: Create a new file.
  • .duplicateFile or :Duplicate: Duplicate the current file.
  • .moveSelectionToNewFile or :NewFromSelection: Prompts for a new file name and moves the current selection to that new file. (Note that this is a Visual Line Mode command; the selection is moved linewise.)
  • .renameFile or :Rename: Rename the current file.
  • .moveAndRenameFile or :Move: Move and Rename the current file. Keeps the old name if the new path ends with /. Works like the UNIX mv command.
  • .moveToFolderInCwd or :MoveToFolderInCwd: Move the current file to an existing folder in the current working directory. Can use telescope for the selection of the destination.

The following applies to all commands above:

  1. If no extension has been provided, uses the extension of the original file.
  2. If the new file name includes a /, the new file is placed in the respective subdirectory, creating any non-existing folders.
  3. All movement and renaming commands update import statements to the renamed file (if the LSP supports workspace/willRenameFiles).

Utility Commands

  • .chmodx or :Chmodx: Makes current file executable. Equivalent to chmod +x.
  • .trashFile{trashCmd = "your_cli"} or :Trash: Move the current file to the trash location.
    • Defaults to gio trash on Linux, trash on Mac and Windows.
    • If bufdelete.nvim is available, require'bufdelete.nvim'.bufwipeout would be used to keep window layout intact instead of vim.cmd.bwipeout.

[!NOTE] The trash CLIs are not available by default, and must be installed.

Path Copying Commands

  • .copyFilename or :CopyFilename: Copy the file name.
  • .copyFilepath or :CopyFilepath: Copy the absolute file path.
  • .copyFilepathWithTilde or :CopyFilepathWithTilde: Copy the absolute file path, replacing the home directory with ~.
  • .copyRelativePath or :CopyRelativePath: Copy the relative file path.
  • .copyDirectoryPath or :CopyDirectoryPath: Copy the absolute directory path.
  • .copyRelativeDirectoryPath or :CopyRelativeDirectoryPath: Copy the relative directory path.

When clipboard="unnamed[plus]" has been set, copies to the + register, otherwise to ". To always use system clipboard, put this in your configuration file:

vim.g.genghis_use_systemclipboard = true

Disable Ex-Commands

vim.g.genghis_disable_commands = true


Use Telescope for .moveToFolderInCwd

require("dressing").setup {
    select = {
        backend = { "telescope" },

Autocompletion of directories for .moveAndRenameFile

You can get autocompletion for directories by nvim-cmp and vim's omnifunc:

-- packer
use { 
    requires = {
-- lazy
    dependencies = {
-- required setup for cmp, somewhere after your main cmp-config
require("cmp").setup.filetype("DressingInput", {
    sources = cmp.config.sources { { name = "omni" } },

How is this different from vim.eunuch?

  • Various improvements like automatically keeping the extensions when no extension is given, or moving files to the trash instead of removing them.
  • Uses only vim-commands or lua os modules, so it has no dependencies and works cross-platform.
  • Makes use of up-to-date nvim features like vim.ui.input or vim.notify. This means you can get nicer input fields with normal mode support via plugins like dressing.nvim, and confirmation notices with plugins like nvim-notify, if they are installed and setup.
  • LSP support when renaming.
  • Written 100% in lua.

Why that name

A nod to vim.eunuch. As opposed to childless eunuchs, it is said that Genghis Khan has fathered thousands of children.

About me

In my day job, I am a sociologist studying the social mechanisms underlying the digital economy. For my PhD project, I investigate the governance of the app economy and how software ecosystems manage the tension between innovation and compatibility. If you are interested in this subject, feel free to get in touch.

I also occasionally blog about vim: Nano Tips for Vim