Finding files quickly

Finding files with fzf ripgrep and nnn

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Terminal workflow
Nice vim commands

Why? Because navigating through files in can take a lot of time, especially if you are faced with a big git repo. However, tools like ripgrep and fzf can assist you here.

Let's keep it simple and easy to remember!


nnn a full-featured terminal file manager. Here are some commands you will need:

Shortcut Description
! Open folder in terminal
e Open selected file in vim
q (or 2x esc Exit nnn

fzf and ripgrep

fzf is a tool that can help you deal with searching for files and then filter the results. Just typing fzf in a folder will display all files and folders, and then you can carry on typing to narrow the results.

ripgrep is a tool that recursively searches the current directory for a regex pattern. It is blazingly fast.

fzf and rg in vim

Wouldn't it be nice to edit the selected file immediately in vim? Yes it would. Install the fzf.vim plugin.

At this to your .zshrc or .bashrc:

1function vimrg() {
2  local file=$(rg --line-number --no-heading --color=always "$1" | fzf --ansi --delimiter=':' --preview 'rg --color=always --context 2 {1} {2}' --preview-window=hidden --no-height )
3  if [[ -n $file ]]; then
4    local file_path=$(echo "$file" | cut -d':' -f1)
5    local line_number=$(echo "$file" | cut -d':' -f2)
6    vim "+$line_number" "$file_path"
7  fi

When running vimrg "encryption" it will start fzf to all files with 'encryption' somewhere in the text. It will open the file in vim upon selecting the entry you want to edit.

fzf in vim

When installing fzf in vim, it will actually use ripgrep under the covers to search the folder. It allows you to type :Rg <searchterm> and then it will open a nice fzf preview window.

What is next

I think I should write more, but I really want to go for a run now and do some other work.