Search Code Like a Boss

When it comes to finding files and definitions, Vim has a fair share of plugins. I’ve tried Command-T, Ctrl-P, and others before I moved to fzf.vim.

fzf.vim is a Vim wrapper around some functionalities of the awesome fzf command-line fuzzy finder. Files and Commits are great commands fzf.vim allows, but I was looking for a way to easily search code in the current project.

Today I learned how to use the Ag command to search for the word under the cursor with optional args. Ag, or by its official name The Silver Searcher, is a code searching tool similar to ack, with a focus on speed.


After you install Ag, fzf and fzf.vim, add the following key mapping[1] to your .vimrc file:

nnoremap <Leader>a :Ag <C-R><C-W><CR>:cw<CR>

Then just source your .vimrc file and you’re done.


When in normal mode, place your cursor on the code you want to search and insert <Leader>a

A new pane will popup at the bottom of the Vim window with the search hits.

At this point, you can add more args, choose a result and open it in or close the pane.

Ag Search gif

[1] You can replace the <Leader>a with any other key you’re more comfortable with.

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