Vifm is a ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings. If you use vi, vifm gives you complete keyboard control over your files without having to learn a new set of commands. Source: Vifm on sourceforge.
Vifm is in Community:
# pacman -S vifm
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.
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:
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
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.
You can also create custom commands in vifmrc, eg.
command df df -h %m 2> /dev/null command diff vim -d %f %F
COMMAND=ln=ln -s %d/%f %D
When you call :ln, 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).
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
Another text based filemanager with vi like keybinds is Ranger.