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Is there a way to use the vim editor like the mac textmate editor ? I am searching a easy configuration or plugin.

  • a split screen or a panel for directorys
  • currently opend files

or many cool stuff like textmate.

is there any plugin for the vi - vim editor or configuration tutorial aviable ?


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this might be more appropriate for superuser –  Unreason Sep 12 '11 at 12:17

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The main plugins you might be interested in will be:

SnipMate (Textmate-like snippets), Nerdtree (directory browser), Minibufexplorer (manage multiple buffers) and taglist (Make use of C-tags for an object browser).

You can find these plugins and more at

hey big thanks that are the stuff i am searching :) –  bulleric Sep 12 '11 at 13:45

You could start by following

The site has some good videos which show how to do textmate things in Vim. –  davey Sep 12 '11 at 12:32

Vimmate is an effort to do just what you ask. The only problem is that it seems abandonware. But it works for me.

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You can try it by doing sudo gem install VimMate.


If you want Textmate alternative for Linux. Try this

1) Gedit with Gedit-gmate and Gedit-plugins

2) Redcar


Or, alternate approachs:

  • Vico, editor with Vi keybindings and support for some TextMate bundles
  • TextMateVim, TextMate plugin to add some Vi keybindings

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