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== Installation ==
== Installation ==
[[Install]] {{Pkg|vifm}} from the [[official repositories]].
[[Install]] the {{Pkg|vifm}} package.
== Help file ==
== Help file ==

Revision as of 12:44, 6 August 2017

From the Vifm home page:

Vifm is an ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings/modes/options/commands/configuration, which also borrows some useful ideas from mutt.

If you use vi, Vifm gives you complete keyboard control over your files without having to learn a new set of commands.


Install the vifm package.

Help file

Basic information about vifm is given in the help file. You can view it by opening vifm and typing


Another good source of information is the man page.

Customizing Vifm

Vifm creates and populates a .vifm folder in your home directory containing the following:

  • vifmrc - a well commented configuration file that can be edited to suit your working style.
  • vifm-help.txt - the help text
  • vifminfo - bookmarks and trash contents - it is not recommended to edit this file by hand
  • Trash/ directory - self explanatory
  • colors/ directory - color schemes
    • Default - well commented default color scheme - can be copied to create user-created color schemes

To get started, read the information avaliable in:

  • /usr/share/vifm/vifm.txt
  • /usr/share/vifm/vifm-help.txt

Color schemes

The ~/.vifm/colors directory contains the color schemes. The format is outlined in the file and follows vi/vim syntax highlight format. It is basically:

highlight group cterm=attribute ctermfg=color ctermbg=color

An example colorscheme looks like:

highlight Win cterm=none ctermfg=white ctermbg=black
highlight Directory cterm=bold ctermfg=cyan ctermbg=none
highlight Link cterm=bold ctermfg=yellow ctermbg=none
highlight BrokenLink cterm=bold ctermfg=red ctermbg=none
highlight Socket cterm=bold ctermfg=magenta ctermbg=none
highlight Device cterm=bold ctermfg=red ctermbg=none
highlight Fifo cterm=bold ctermfg=cyan ctermbg=none
highlight Executable cterm=bold ctermfg=green ctermbg=none
highlight Selected cterm=bold ctermfg=magenta ctermbg=none
highlight CurrLine cterm=bold ctermfg=none ctermbg=blue
highlight TopLine cterm=none ctermfg=black ctermbg=white
highlight TopLineSel cterm=bold ctermfg=black ctermbg=none
highlight StatusLine cterm=bold ctermfg=black ctermbg=white
highlight WildMenu cterm=underline,reverse ctermfg=white ctermbg=black
highlight CmdLine cterm=none ctermfg=white ctermbg=black
highlight ErrorMsg cterm=none ctermfg=red ctermbg=black
highlight Border cterm=none ctermfg=black ctermbg=white

You can also highlight different filetypes using regular expressions:

highlight /^.*\.(mp3|ogg|oga|flac|m4a)$/ ctermfg=magenta
highlight /^.*\.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif|tiff|webp|bmp|svg|svgz)$/ ctermfg=yellow
highlight /^.*\.(zip|gz|bz2|xz|tar|tgz|tbz2|7z|rar|iso|rpm|deb)$/ ctermfg=red

Key mapping

As of 0.6.2 you can customize key bindings in Vifm. These can be set from the command mode using the map command, like so:

:map ] :s

However, these mappings will not be saved between sessions. To map a key permanently, place them in ~/vifm/vifmrc. More sample mappings can be seen at the end of that file.

Opening filetypes in vifm

You can assign applications to filetypes in vifmrc, eg.

filetype *.jpg,*.jpeg,*.png,*.gif feh %f 2>/dev/null &
filetype *.md5 md5sum -c %f

Several defaults can be found in vifmrc. These can be edited or added to following the same format.

Browse images in current directory with Feh

filextype *.jpg,*.jpeg,*.png,*.gif
       \ {View in feh}
       \ feh -FZ %d --start-at %d/%c 2>/dev/null

It will display your selected image in feh, but it will enable you to browse all other images in the directory as well, in their default order.

User commands

You can also create custom commands in vifmrc, eg.

command df df -h %m 2> /dev/null
command diff vim -d %f %F

Creating symbolic links

command link ln -s %d/%f %D

When you call


a link of the selected file is made in the other directory (if you are in split view). It even works with multiple files selected with visual (v) or tag (t).

Torrent creation

make a .torrent of the current file in the other tab's dir

command mkt mktorrent -p -a [your announce url here] -o %D/%f.torrent %d/%f


Marks can be set same as in vi. To set a mark for current file:


Go to a file set for mark:


Vifm will remember the marks between the sessions.


Provided poppler is installed, putting

fileviewer *.pdf
  \ pdftotext %c -

into vifmrc enables pdf-previewing using pdftotext. The %c is a vifm macro for the current file under the cursor. The preview is activated with


Neat image previewing can be achieved using img2txt from libcaca

fileviewer *.png,*.jpeg,*.jpg
 \ img2txt %c 

Previewing the contents of tar-archives:

fileviewer *.tar,*.tar.gz
 \ tar -tvf %c

For previewing html documents suitable programs are text based browsers including lynx, links or w3m

fileviewer *.html
 \ w3m %c

Further useful programs for previews include

  • tree for directory previews
  • mp3info for viewing information about mp3 files
  • libmediainfo for the mediainfo program (audio and video information)

Tips and tricks

Useful key mappings

Single stroke to access command line

nmap ; :

Non-vim Users

vifm assumes that you are using vim and will throw errors if it doesn't find it. If you are using vi or nvim (Neovim), you need to edit your ~/.vifm/vifmrc file. Comment out the line set vicmd=vim and replace it with set vicmd=vi or set vicmd=nvim. Note that, just like .exrc, comment lines are introduced by double quotes.

Total size of selected files

To get the total size of selected files change %s to %E in ~/.vifm/vifmrc, like so:

set statusline="  %t%= %A %10u:%-7g %15E %20d  "