The introduction of the best vim plugin: The NERD tree : A tree explorer plugin for navigating the filesystem

created by
Marty Grenfell

script type
utility

description
Grab the latest dev version from github: https://github.com/scrooloose/nerdtree.

What is this “NERD tree”??

Check out this demo http://www.flickr.com/photos/30496122@N07/2862367534/sizes/o/

The NERD tree allows you to explore your filesystem and to open files and
directories. It presents the filesystem to you in the form of a tree which you
manipulate with the keyboard and/or mouse. It also allows you to perform
simple filesystem operations.

The following features and functionality are provided by the NERD tree:
* Files and directories are displayed in a hierarchical tree structure
* Different highlighting is provided for the following types of nodes:
* files
* directories
* sym-links
* windows .lnk files
* read-only files
* executable files
* Many (customisable) mappings are provided to manipulate the tree:
* Mappings to open/close/explore directory nodes
* Mappings to open files in new/existing windows/tabs
* Mappings to change the current root of the tree
* Mappings to navigate around the tree
* …
* Directories and files can be bookmarked.
* Most NERD tree navigation can also be done with the mouse
* Filtering of tree content (can be toggled at runtime)
* custom file filters to prevent e.g. vim backup files being displayed
* optional displaying of hidden files (. files)
* files can be “turned off” so that only directories are displayed
* A textual filesystem menu is provided which allows you to
create/delete/move file and directory nodes as well as copy (for
supported OSs)
* The position and size of the NERD tree window can be customised
* The order in which the nodes in the tree are listed can be customised.
* A model of your filesystem is created/maintained as you explore it. This
has several advantages:
* All filesystem information is cached and is only re-read on demand
* If you revisit a part of the tree that you left earlier in your
session, the directory nodes will be opened/closed as you left them
* The script remembers the cursor position and window position in the NERD
tree so you can toggle it off (or just close the tree window) and then
reopen it (with NERDTreeToggle) the NERD tree window will appear exactly
as you left it
* You can have a separate NERD tree for each tab, share trees across tabs,
or a mix of both.
* By default the script overrides the default file browser (netw), so if
you :edit a directory a (slighly modified) NERD tree will appear in the
current window

install details
Unzip the archive into your ~/.vim directory.
That should put NERD_tree.vim in ~/.vim/plugin and NERD_tree.txt in ~/.vim/doc.

Run :helptags.

Go :help NERD_tree.txt for the help page.

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package script version date Vim version user release notes
nerdtree.zip 4.2.0 2011-12-28 7.0 Marty Grenfell * Add NERDTreeDirArrows option to make the UI use pretty arrow chars instead of the old +~| chars to define the tree structure (sickill)
* shift the syntax highlighting out into its own syntax file (gnap) * add some mac specific options to the filesystem menu – for macvim only (andersonfreitas)
* Add NERDTreeMinimalUI option to remove some non functional parts of the nerdtree ui (camthompson)
* tweak the behaviour of :NERDTreeFind – see :help :NERDTreeFind for the new behaviour (benjamingeiger)
* if no name is given to :Bookmark, make it default to the name of the target file/dir (minyoung)
* use ‘file’ completion when doing copying, create, and move operations (EvanDotPro)
* lots of misc bug fixes (paddyoloughlin, sdewald, camthompson, Vitaly Bogdanov, AndrewRadev, mathias, scottstvnsn, kml, wycats, me RAWR!)

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