Ctags is first run on its own to generate a “tags” file, then it is invoked from within These commands were tested with Vim (), but will likely work with Vi or. I absolutely love Vim, and I use Vim for all my coding and writing from Depending on command line arguments and the language ctags is run. Ctags lets you navigate code fast, and is perhaps the single most useful productivity Coupled with some integration with your editor (shown: Vim’s that’s got multiple definitions, use these commands to sift through them all.

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Please use this site responsibly. The second command can vjm used to search for any tag, regardless of the file that is currently opened. These steps assume you want to use Ctags on the Linux kernel, but should generalize to other projects.

There are two ways to avoid this problem:. You might also consider setting your working directory to the current file.

Ctags Tutorial

If you have questions or remarks about this site, visit the cgags development pages. TagsGenerate This command generates one or more tags files.

The command I am using most is C-] which jumps to the definition of the function under the cursor.

So if you C-] to a function then page down, C-t will go back immediately while C-o will go back to the start of the function, then back to the call. Similarly, after splitting the window with Ctrl-w C-] you can do C-w T aka Shift-t to change that split into a new tab.


CtrlPTag will let you search through your tags file and jump to where tags are defined. Ex commands are not “mappings” so you can’t “remap” them. It shouldn’t take too long, and it’s worth your time. The default escape characters for telnet in Unix systems is Ctrl-].

Sign up using Facebook. The second command can be command to search for any tag in the TAGS file, regardless of the file you are currently viewing. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. Ctags with Vim Note These commands were tested with Vim 7.

Ctags will walk through the directory recursively, tagging all source files it encounters. You can use the following keys to tag into and tag out of functions:.

With this setting, the tags file is in the directory of the current file no matter what the current directory is. Its main problem is that when you want to jump to function calls fyou often need to jump to anywhere that symbol is used s instead and filter the results mentally If there are multiple tag matches, you can browse through all of them using several of the Vim ex commands. You can use this to establish basic options, define regular expressions for additional languages, and set options for specific languages.

Each wanted word is known as a “tag”, for example, each function name or global variable may be a tag. Vim needs to be told where to look for your tags files, using the ‘ tags ‘ option.


Navigate code like a pro with Ctags

Mapping ctags keys Ask Question. It lists all tags that it knows about files that you have opened in a seperate window and makes it very easy to navigate larger files. Often Exuberant Ctags or other ctags program is used to create the required tags file.

These commands were tested with Vim 7. You have “commands”, “mappings”, “abbreviations”… but no “hotkeys”. C-t goes back one level in the C-] stack, while C-o goes back to a previous cursor position after a movement. These commands will also accept regular expressions, so, for example,: It’s easy and straightforward.

ctats Tagbar is another useful vim plugin for working with a tags file. I suppose it depends on your tolerance for speed, but the time to lookup 1 directory isn’t noticeably different from 8 on my machine. You can also check out the online tour. The main hotkeys are Ctrl-] to jump to a definition, Ctrl-t to go back, then there are also commands, for example: