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The ultimate statusline/prompt utility.





:Author: Kim Silkebækken (
:Version: beta

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

* `Support forum`_ (
* `Development discussion`_ (

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   :alt: Build status

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.. _`Support forum`:!forum/powerline-support
.. _`Development discussion`:!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 
<>`_ project.


* Consult the `documentation 
  <>`_ for more information and 
  installation instructions.
* Check out `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`:


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