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Fugitive is the premier Vim plugin for Git. Or maybe it's the premier Git plugin for Vim? Either way, it's "so awesome, it should be illegal". That's why it's called Fugitive.

The crown jewel of Fugitive is

(or just
), which calls any arbitrary Git command. If you know how to use Git at the command line, you know how to use
. It's vaguely akin to
but with numerous improvements:
  • The default behavior is to directly echo the command's output. Quiet commands like
    :Git add
    avoid the dreaded "Press ENTER or type command to continue" prompt.
  • :Git commit
    :Git rebase -i
    , and other commands that invoke an editor do their editing in the current Vim instance.
  • :Git diff
    :Git log
    , and other verbose, paginated commands have their output loaded into a temporary buffer. Force this behavior for any command with
    :Git --paginate
    :Git -p
  • :Git blame
    uses a temporary buffer with maps for additional triage. Press enter on a line to view the commit where the line changed, or
    to see other available maps. Omit the filename argument and the currently edited file will be blamed in a vertical, scroll-bound split.
  • :Git mergetool
    :Git difftool
    load their changesets into the quickfix list.
  • Called with no arguments,
    opens a summary window with dirty files and unpushed and unpulled commits. Press
    to bring up a list of maps for numerous operations including diffing, staging, committing, rebasing, and stashing. (This is the successor to the old
  • This command (along with all other commands) always uses the current buffer's repository, so you don't need to worry about the current working directory.

Additional commands are provided for higher level operations:

  • View any blob, tree, commit, or tag in the repository with
    , etc.). For example,
    :Gedit HEAD~3:%
    loads the current file as it existed 3 commits ago.
  • :Gdiffsplit
    brings up the staged version of the file side by side with the working tree version. Use Vim's diff handling capabilities to apply changes to the staged version, and write that buffer to stage the changes. You can also give an arbitrary
    argument to diff against older versions of the file.
  • :Gread
    is a variant of
    git checkout -- filename
    that operates on the buffer rather than the file itself. This means you can use
    to undo it and you never get any warnings about the file changing outside Vim.
  • :Gwrite
    writes to both the work tree and index versions of a file, making it like
    git add
    when called from a work tree file and like
    git checkout
    when called from the index or a blob in history.
  • :Ggrep
    git grep
    for the same.
  • :GMove
    does a
    git mv
    on the current file and changes the buffer name to match.
    does the same with a destination filename relative to the current file's directory.
  • :GDelete
    does a
    git rm
    on the current file and simultaneously deletes the buffer.
    does the same but leaves the (now empty) buffer open.
  • :GBrowse
    to open the current file on the web front-end of your favorite hosting provider, with optional line range (try it in visual mode). Plugins are available for popular providers such as GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, Gitee, Pagure, and Phabricator.


to get an indicator with the current branch in your statusline.

For more information, see

:help fugitive



Install using your favorite package manager, or use Vim's built-in package support:

mkdir -p ~/.vim/pack/tpope/start
cd ~/.vim/pack/tpope/start
git clone
vim -u NONE -c "helptags fugitive/doc" -c q


Why can't I enter my password when I

:Git push

It is highly recommended to use SSH keys or credentials caching to avoid entering your password on every upstream interaction. If this isn't an option, the official solution is to use the

Git option to request the password via a GUI. Fugitive will configure this for you automatically if you have
installed; otherwise it's your responsibility to set this up.

If you absolutely must type in your password by hand, sidestep Fugitive and use

:terminal git push


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Copyright (c) Tim Pope. Distributed under the same terms as Vim itself. See

:help license

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