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Manage Vim Plugins with Vundle

Making more of your Vim editor

Gabriel G Baciu
1 min readDec 8, 2013


Being more of a visual developer, I’ve wanted to make my Vim look much like an IDE.

After setting my base vim using the dotfiles from, I’ve wanted to enhance my vim with a folder viewer (NerdTree). I’ve looked at what other people are using and I’ve come across Vundle (, a plugin manager for Vim.

Setting up Vundle is very straightforward, in just four easy steps:

  1. vim ~/.vimrc
  2. add the vundle configs:
set rtp+=~/.vim/bundle/vundle/
call vundle#rc()
" let Vundle manage Vundle
" required!
Bundle 'gmarik/vundle'
" Please note that that's how you add plugins
Bundle 'scrooloose/nerdtree'
filetype plugin indent on " required!

3. vim

4. :BundleInstall

And then, voilà! you have all your Bundle plugins installed. In my case, I then do :NERDTree and I get the nice folder viewer for vim.



Gabriel G Baciu

Software engineer, leader, entrepreneur, lately focusing on the science of leadership and success, healthy living, and low latency software systems.