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Vim Bootstrap provides a simple method for generating .vimrc configuration files for Vim, NeoVim, NeoVim-Qt, MacVim and GVim.

Want to generate your vim/neovim file? Access here!


The distribution is designed to work with Vim >= 8 and neovim.


$ brew install git ctags


  • Ubuntu\Debian
$ sudo apt-get install git exuberant-ctags ncurses-term curl
  • Gentoo
$ sudo emerge --ask dev-util/ctags sys-libs/ncurses dev-vcs/git dev-python/pyflakes net-misc/curl
  • Arch Linux via pacman
$ sudo pacman -S git ctags ncurses curl
  • Fedora
$ sudo dnf install ncurses-devel git ctags curl
  • openSUSE
$ sudo zypper in ncurses-devel git ctags curl


  • FreeBSD via packages collection
# pkg install git p5-Parse-ExuberantCTags ncurses curl

Python bundle (optionally)

  • pyflakes
  • jedi
  • neovim (neovim only)
$ pip install flake8 jedi
$ pip2 install --user --upgrade neovim
$ pip3 install --user --upgrade neovim

Elm bundle (optionally)

  • elm-test
  • elm-oracle
  • elm-format
$ npm install -g elm-test
$ npm install -g elm-oracle
$ npm install -g elm-format@exp


curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf https://sh.rustup.rs | sh


  • Download your own vimrc file at https://vim-bootstrap.com
  • Put your vimrc file into home folder or $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/nvim/init.vim if you use NeoVim

vim: mv ~/Downloads/generate.vim ~/.vimrc

neovim: mv ~/Downloads/generate.vim $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/nvim/init.vim

  • Execute ViM and it will install plugins automatically

Fast-installation by URL parameters

Vim-bootstrap generator can accept URL params via request as example below.

curl 'https://vim-bootstrap.com/generate.vim' --data 'editor=vim&frameworks=vuejs&langs=javascript&langs=php&langs=html&langs=ruby' > ~/.vimrc

Updating to the latest version

:VimBootstrapUpdate (thanks to @sherzberg)

Offline usage

You can run vim-bootstrap Go package to generate a vimrc file, just download it:

go get github.com/editor-bootstrap/vim-bootstrap
cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/editor-bootstrap/vim-bootstrap
go build

Inside vim-bootstrap folder cd vim-bootstrap use vim-bootstrap module (file) like this example:

./vim-bootstrap -langs=python,lua,ruby,javascript,haskell -frameworks vuejs -editor=vim > ~/.vimrc

For more instructions run vim-bootstrap -h

openSUSE repo

vim-bootstrap is also available on openSUSE on both Leap 42.2/42.3 and Tumbleweed. Leap versions must add devel:tools repository before, while Tumbleweed users should have vim-bootstrap in the default repository without the need to add any extra repository.

  • Leap 42.2
$ sudo zypper ar -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/tools/openSUSE_Leap_42.2/ devel:tools
$ sudo zypper ref
$ sudo zypper in vim-bootstrap
  • Leap 42.3
$ sudo zypper ar -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/tools/openSUSE_Leap_42.3/ devel:tools
$ sudo zypper ref
$ sudo zypper in vim-bootstrap
  • Tumbleweed
$ sudo zypper ref
$ sudo zypper in vim-bootstrap

Adding a new Theme

Create a folder inside generate/vim_template/themes/ with the name of your theme.

mkdir generate/vim_template/themes/my_theme

Inside this folder, add a file called mytheme.vim with colorscheme instruction (optionally other configs).

echo "colorscheme mytheme" > generate/vim_template/themes/my_theme/mytheme.vim

Add a .bundle extension file with instructions of how to install theme.

echo "Plug username/mytheme" > generate/vim_template/themes/my_theme/mytheme.vim.bundle

Submit a PR and when approved new theme was added.


It's highly recommended to add customizations in a separate file. This way, you can maintain the original vim-bootstrap generated vimrc file and subsequent updates.

For Vim users, the files available for customization are ~/.vimrc.local and ~/.vimrc.local.bundles. The former handles general configuration while the latter handles external Vim plugins through vim-plug.

NeoVim users can also customize their configuration by using $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/nvim/local_init.vim and $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/nvim/local_bundles.vim.


Commands Descriptions
:cd <path> Open path /path
Ctrlw+hjkl Navigate via split panels
Ctrlww Alternative navigate vim split panels
,. Set path working directory
,w or ,x Next buffer navigate
,q or ,z previous buffer navigate
shiftt Create a tab
tab next tab navigate
shifttab previous tab navigate
,e Find and open files
,b Find file on buffer (open file)
,c Close active buffer (close file)
F2 Open tree navigate in actual opened file
F3 Open/Close tree navigate files
F4 List all class and method, support for python, go, lua, ruby and php
,v Split vertical
,h Split horizontal
,f Search in the project
,o Open github file/line (website), if used git in github
,sh Open shell.vim terminal inside Vim or NeoVim built-in terminal
,ga Execute git add on current file
,gc git commit (splits window to write commit message)
,gsh git push
,gll git pull
,gs git status
,gb git blame
,gd git diff
,gr git remove
,so Open Session
,ss Save Session
,sd Delete Session
,sc Close Session
> indent to right
< indent to left
gc Comment or uncomment lines that {motion} moves over
YY Copy to clipboard
,p Paste
Ctrly + , Activate Emmet plugin
Ctrlh Does a fuzzy search in your command mode history
Commands Descriptions
SHIFT+k Open documentation
Control+Space Autocomplete
,d Go to the Class/Method definition
,r Rename object definition
,n Show where command is usage
Commands Descriptions
,a Run all specs
,l Run last spec
,t Run current spec
,rap Add Parameter
,rcpc Inline Temp
,rel Convert Post Conditional
,rec Extract Constant (visual selection)
,rec Extract to Let (Rspec)
,relv Extract Local Variable (visual selection)
,rrlv Rename Local Variable (visual selection/variable under the cursor)
,rriv Rename Instance Variable (visual selection)
,rem Extract Method (visual selection)
Commands Descriptions
,u Include use statement
,mm Invoke the context menu
,nn Invoke the navigation menu
,oo Goto definition
,oh Goto definition on horizontal split
,ov Goto definition on vertical split
,ot Goto definition on tab
,K Show brief information about the symbol under the cursor
,tt Transform the classes in the current file
,cc Generate a new class (replacing the current file)
,ee Extract expression (normal mode)
,ee Extract expression (visual selection)
,em Extract method (visual selection)
,pcd cs-fixer fix directory
,pcf cs-fixer fix file

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