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Vi Enabled Firefox

Vimperator is a free browser add-on for Firefox, which makes it look and behave like the Vim text editor. It has similar key bindings, and you could call it a modal web browser, as key bindings differ according to which mode you are in.

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  • Vim-like keybindings (h,j,k,l,gg,G,0,$,ZZ,<C-f>,etc.)
  • Ex commands (:quit, :open www.foo.com, …)
  • Tab completion available for all commands with support for ‘longest’ matching when set in ‘wildmode’
  • Hit-a-hint like navigation of links (start with ‘f’ to follow a link)
  • Advanced completion of bookmark and history URLs (searching also in title, not only URL)
  • Vim-like statusline with a wget-like progress bar
  • Minimal GUI (easily hide useless menubar and toolbar with :set guioptions=)
  • Ability to :source JavaScript files, and to use a ~/.vimperatorrc file with syntax highlighting if you install vimperator.vim
  • Easy quick searches (:open foo will search for “foo” in google, :open ebay terminator will search for “terminator” on ebay) with support for Firefox keyword bookmarks and search engines
  • Count supported for many commands (3<C-o> will go back 3 pages)
  • Beep on errors
  • Marks support (ma to set mark ‘a’ on a webpage, ‘a to go there)
  • QuickMarks support (quickly go to previously marked web pages with go{a-zA-Z0-9})
  • :map and :command support (and feedkeys() for script writers)
  • :time support for profiling
  • Move the text cursor and select text with vim keys and a visual mode.
  • External editor support
  • Macros to replay key strokes
  • AutoCommands to execute action on certain events
  • A comprehensive help file, explaining all commands, mappings and settings.


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