Powerline is a statusline plugin for vim, and provides statuslines and prompts for several other applications, including zsh, bash, tmux, IPython, Awesome and Qtile. https://powerline.readthedocs.org/en/…


:Author: Kim Silkebækken (kim.silkebaekken+vim@gmail.com)
:Source: https://github.com/powerline/powerline
:Version: beta

Powerline is a statusline plugin for vim, and provides statuslines and
prompts for several other applications, including zsh, bash, tmux, IPython,
Awesome, i3 and Qtile.

  • Support forum_ (powerline-support@googlegroups.com)
  • Development discussion_ (powerline-dev@googlegroups.com)

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.. travis-build-status: https://travis-ci.org/powerline/powerline
Support forum: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/powerline-support
.. _Development discussion: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/powerline-dev


  • Extensible and feature rich, written in Python. Powerline was
    completely rewritten in Python to get rid of as much vimscript as
    possible. This has allowed much better extensibility, leaner and better
    config files, and a structured, object-oriented codebase with no mandatory
    third-party dependencies other than a Python interpreter.
  • Stable and testable code base. Using Python has allowed unit testing
    of all the project code. The code is tested to work in Python 2.6+ and
    Python 3.
  • Support for prompts and statuslines in many applications. Originally
    created exclusively for vim statuslines, the project has evolved to
    provide statuslines in tmux and several WMs, and prompts for shells like
    bash/zsh and other applications. It’s simple to write renderers for any
    other applications that Powerline doesn’t yet support.
  • Configuration and colorschemes written in JSON. JSON is
    a standardized, simple and easy to use file format that allows for easy
    user configuration across all of Powerline’s supported applications.
  • Fast and lightweight, with daemon support for even better performance.
    Although the code base spans a couple of thousand lines of code with no
    goal of “less than X lines of code”, the main focus is on good performance
    and as little code as possible while still providing a rich set of
    features. The new daemon also ensures that only one Python instance is
    launched for prompts and statuslines, which provides excellent

But I hate Python / I don’t need shell prompts / this is just too much
hassle for me / what happened to the original vim-powerline project / …

You should check out some of the Powerline derivatives. The most lightweight
and feature-rich alternative is currently Bailey Ling’s vim-airline <https://github.com/vim-airline/vim-airline>_ project.

  • Consult the documentation <https://powerline.readthedocs.org/en/latest/>_ for more information and
    installation instructions.
  • Check out powerline-fonts <https://github.com/powerline/fonts>_ for
    pre-patched versions of popular, open source coding fonts.


Vim statusline

Mode-dependent highlighting

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    :alt: Normal mode
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    :alt: Insert mode
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    :alt: Visual mode
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    :alt: Replace mode

Automatic truncation of segments in small windows

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    :alt: Truncation illustration
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    :alt: Truncation illustration
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    :alt: Truncation illustration

The font in the screenshots is Pragmata Pro_ by Fabrizio Schiavi.

.. _Pragmata Pro: http://www.fsd.it/shop/fonts/pragmatapro