Vim-Plug Plugin Manager10 December 2019
Photo: Unsplash - Steve Johnson
One of the projects I have been trying to do all year to overhaul my .dotfiles. I have a raft of customisations and settings that I have amassed over the years. Non more so than for Vim.
My .vimrc file is full of quick fixes and random solutions and settings. A lot I have forgotten about or are for plugins I no longer use or need. So as I am coding a lot more at the moment and living in the terminal I figured it was a great time to sort it out.
The first thing I have changed with my shiny new .vimrc is the plugin manager. I previously used Vundle and hook up plugins as git sub modules. A few years ago this was a great solution. But, managing git sub modules is more involved than it should be. After reading what the best option was right now for managing plugins I have opted for Vim-plug. This is a super simple plugin manager that removes the need for sub modules.
To install vim-plug you just need to download it and add it to your autoload directory. You can do this on Linux with the following command:
(Other OS’s are detailed on the projects Github page.)
You then need to add a section to your .vimrc file to define the plugins you want to manage. You define the plugins by adding a ling that starts with the word Plug followed by their Github repositories. An example will explain it better:
As you can see you can use either the full url or the shorthand url for the plugin repo. Vim-plug also allows you to defer the loading of plugins and has many different features. The project has a good tutorial and lots of examples.
Once you have added a plugin to your configuration you can install the plugin using:
And if you decide to remove the plugin after trying it then delete the entry for the plugin in your .vimrc and run:
To update the plugins you have configured then just run:
That is all there is to it. It is super simple and easy. It is also really fast as it uses parallel downloads where possible.