A vim plugin manager is a must for any die-hard vim user. You can find a few option available out there. My personal favorite is vim-plug which is a beautiful and minimalist plugin for vim. Let us see how to install and use this plugin on Linux or Unix-like system.
Naturally, you must have vim installed on your system. For demo purpose I am using Ubuntu and MacOS. Simple download plug.vim and put it in the “autoload” directory:
$ mkdir ~/.vim/autoload/
$ cd ~/.vim/autoload/
Let us grab the plug.vim either using wget command or curl command:
$ wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/junegunn/vim-plug/master/plug.vim
$ curl -O https://raw.githubusercontent.com/junegunn/vim-plug/master/plug.vim
How do I configure vim-plug?
The syntax is as follows in ~/.vimrc:
" Specify a directory for plugins call plug#begin('~/.vim/plugged') " Any valid git URL is allowed for plugin Plug 'valid git URL' " Shorthand notation for plugin Plug 'foo/bar' " Initialize plugin system call plug#end()
Let us say you want to use a vim plugin named ansible-vim for syntax highlighting Ansible’s common filetypes. You need to append the following in your ~/.vimrc file:
call plug#begin('~/.vim/plugged') Plug 'pearofducks/ansible-vim' call plug#end()
Save and close the file.
Install ansible-vim plugin
Start the text editor:
To see status type type:
To install ansible-vim type:
To update plugins type:
To ugrade vim-plug itself type:
Of course, if you are happy with vundle or pathogen, then no need to switch. However, I liked this one better. For more information see the official GitHub repo.