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Full path fuzzy file, buffer, mru, tag, ... finder for Vim.

  • Written in pure Vimscript for MacVim, gVim and Vim 7.0+.
  • Full support for Vim's regexp as search patterns.
  • Built-in Most Recently Used (MRU) files monitoring.
  • Built-in project's root finder.
  • Open multiple files at once.
  • Create new files and directories.
  • Extensible.


Basic Usage

  • Run
    :CtrlP [starting-directory]
    to invoke CtrlP in find file mode.
  • Run
    to invoke CtrlP in find buffer or find MRU file mode.
  • Run
    to search in Files, Buffers and MRU files at the same time.


:help ctrlp-commands
:help ctrlp-extensions
for other commands.
Once CtrlP is open:
  • Press
     to purge the cache for the current directory to get new files, remove deleted files and apply new ignore options.
  • Press
     to cycle between modes.
  • Press
     to switch to filename only search instead of full path.
  • Press
     to switch to regexp mode.
  • Use
     or the arrow keys to navigate the result list.
  • Use
     to open the selected entry in a new tab or in a new split.
  • Use
     to select the next/previous string in the prompt's history.
  • Use
     to create a new file and its parent directories.
  • Use
     to mark/unmark multiple files and 
     to open them.


:help ctrlp-mappings
or submit
in CtrlP for more mapping help.
  • Submit two or more dots
    to go up the directory tree by one or multiple levels.
  • End the input string with a colon
    followed by a command to execute it on the opening file(s):
    to jump to line 25.
    when opening multiple files to run
    on the first 4 files.

Basic Options

  • Change the default mapping and the default command to invoke CtrlP:

    let g:ctrlp_map = ''
    let g:ctrlp_cmd = 'CtrlP'
  • When invoked, unless a starting directory is specified, CtrlP will set its local working directory according to this variable:

    let g:ctrlp_working_path_mode = 'ra'

    - the directory of the current file.
    - the nearest ancestor that contains one of these directories or files:

    - like c, but only if the current working directory outside of CtrlP is not a direct ancestor of the directory of the current file.
    (empty string) - disable this feature.

    Define additional root markers with the

  • Exclude files and directories using Vim's

    and CtrlP's own
    set wildignore+=*/tmp/*,*.so,*.swp,*.zip     " MacOSX/Linux
    set wildignore+=*\\tmp\\*,*.swp,*.zip,*.exe  " Windows

    let g:ctrlp_custom_ignore = '\v[/].(git|hg|svn)$' let g:ctrlp_custom_ignore = { \ 'dir': '\v[/].(git|hg|svn)$', \ 'file': '\v.(exe|so|dll)$', \ 'link': 'some_bad_symbolic_links', \ }

  • Use a custom file listing command:

    let g:ctrlp_user_command = 'find %s -type f'        " MacOSX/Linux
    let g:ctrlp_user_command = 'dir %s /-n /b /s /a-d'  " Windows


:help ctrlp-options
for other options.


Use your favorite method or check the homepage for a quick installation guide.

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