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Vim project switcher using Startify

I like using Startify not just as a pretty splash screen, but also as a session manager and project switcher. Here's how to use it.

Getting started

Install Startify in your vim configuration. Here's how you would do it with vim-plug.

Plug 'mhinz/vim-startify'

Saving sessions

Save your current session using :SSave.

Loading sessions

The next time you start vim (or nvim), you will see a screen of your saved sessions.

Switching sessions

From a running Vim session, you can use :SClose to switch to a different project. Bonus: by default, this will also save your current session if it's already saved.

Bonus extras

Key bindings

Set up some keybindings. I like these Spacemacs-inspired leader key bindings, but feel free to use any.

" `SPC l s` - save current session
nnoremap <leader>ls :SSave<CR>

" `SPC l l` - list sessions / switch to different project
nnoremap <leader>ll :SClose<CR>

Extra configuration

Here's some extra config you can try!

" 'Most Recent Files' number
let g:startify_files_number           = 18

" Update session automatically as you exit vim
let g:startify_session_persistence    = 1

" Simplify the startify list to just recent files and sessions
let g:startify_lists = [
  \ { 'type': 'dir',       'header': ['   Recent files'] },
  \ { 'type': 'sessions',  'header': ['   Saved sessions'] },
  \ ]

" Fancy custom header
let g:startify_custom_header = [
  \ "  ",
  \ '   ╻ ╻   ╻   ┏┳┓',
  \ '   ┃┏┛   ┃   ┃┃┃',
  \ '   ┗┛    ╹   ╹ ╹',
  \ '   ',
  \ ]

You have just read Vim project switcher using Startify, written on January 29, 2019. This is Today I Learned, a collection of random tidbits I've learned through my day-to-day web development work. I'm Rico Sta. Cruz, @rstacruz on GitHub (and Twitter!).

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