March 16, 2019 Application, Linux 1 minute, 36 seconds


fzf is a CLI fuzzy finder with endless possibilities. If you want to improve your terminal workflow you must check this out.

Use cases (at least for me - there are way more):

  • fuzzy find any file on your machine
  • fuzzy find the shell history
  • fuzzy find directories
  • open and search files within vim
  • search through tags, lines, commits, and windows in vim


  • make ESC work in fzf buffer

    autocmd  FileType fzf tnoremap <Esc> <C-c>
      \| autocmd BufLeave <buffer> tnoremap <Esc> <C-\><C-n>
  • Keymappings

    nnoremap <C-p> :Files<CR>
    nnoremap <leader>rg :Rg<CR>
    nnoremap <leader>fr :History<CR>
    nnoremap <leader>w :Windows<CR>
    nnoremap <leader>; :BLines<CR>
    nnoremap <leader>: :BTags<CR>
    nnoremap <leader>c :Commits<CR>
    nnoremap <leader>ft :Filetypes<CR>
  • Adjust colortheme

    let g:fzf_colors =
    \ { 'fg':      ['fg', 'Comment'],
    \ 'bg':      ['bg', 'Normal'],
    \ 'hl':      ['fg', 'Comment'],
    \ 'fg+':     ['fg', 'CursorLine', 'CursorColumn', 'Normal'],
    \ 'bg+':     ['bg', 'CursorLine', 'CursorColumn'],
    \ 'hl+':     ['fg', 'Statement'],
    \ 'info':    ['fg', 'String'],
    \ 'border':  ['fg', 'Ignore'],
    \ 'prompt':  ['fg', 'Boolean'],
    \ 'pointer': ['fg', 'Boolean'],
    \ 'marker':  ['fg', 'Keyword'],
    \ 'spinner': ['fg', 'Label'],
    \ 'header':  ['fg', 'Comment'] }
  • Adjust layout
    let $FZF_DEFAULT_OPTS .= ' --no-height'
    " disable statusline overwriting
    let g:fzf_nvim_statusline = 0
    " In Neovim, you can set up fzf window using a Vim command
    let g:fzf_layout = { 'window': 'enew' }
    let g:fzf_layout = { 'window': '-tabnew' }
    let g:fzf_layout = { 'window': '10split enew' }

fzf tweaks


    Allows to trigger fzf after arbitrary commands, for instance vim ,, /TAB/ invokes fzf

  • export FZF_DEFAULT_OPTS="--bind='ctrl-o:execute:vim {} > /dev/tty'"

    Enables you to directly open a file for fzf results with ctrl-o

  • export FZF_CTRL_T_OPTS="--preview '(highlight -O ansi -l {} 2> /dev/null || cat {} || tree -C {}) 2> /dev/null | head -200'"

    Shows a preview of highlighted files in fzf

  • export FZF_ALT_C_OPTS="--preview 'tree -C {} | head -200'"

    Directory structure preview of highlighted directories within fzf

  • command -v rg >/dev/null 2>&1 && export FZF_DEFAULT_COMMAND='rg --files --no-ignore-vcs --hidden'

    Use ripgrep when it is installed as default