Vimperator is a Firefox browser extension with strong inspiration from the Vim text editor, with a mind towards faster and more efficient browsing. It has similar key bindings and you could call it a modal web browser, as key bindings differ according to which mode you are in. For example, it has a special Hint mode, where you can follow links easily with the keyboard only. Also most functionality is available as commands, typing
However, Vimperator does not try to be a 100% Vim clone, it rather brings Vim's ideas to the 21st century. This means making use of new graphical capabilities but also of faster computers. Furthermore, great care is taken into making its command line interface more consistent and easier to use, while still being a powerful extension for advanced users.
Vimperator was initially written by Martin Stubenschrott and has found many invaluable contributers who helped out fixing bugs and adding new features.If you appreciate the work on Vimperator and want to encourage us working on it more, you can send us greetings, patches, or donations:
If you rather prefer getting some nice products for your money, you can also support us by buying some cool merchandise like t-shirts or mugs. Of course, as we believe in free, open source software, only support us financially if you really like Vimperator and the money doesn't hurt — otherwise just use it, recommend it and like it :)
Downloads are hosted on the official Firefox Add-ons repository at addons.mozilla.org, where you can always find the latest version:
Note: Firefox 51 requires Vimperator 3.16 which is being reviewed by Mozilla and coming soon. For now, you can get the release on GitHub. However, in order to install unsigned add-ons (like releases on GitHub), you must use the Developer Edition of Firefox and after that open about:config and change the
While Vimperator offers already lots of cool features, we cannot and don't want
to include every feature directly in the core. Therefore a motivated group of hackers called vimpr provides many enhancements for the
Vimperator experience. You can add plugins which add new commands or mappings. Install these plugins by copying them to
the ~/.vimperator/plugin/ directory (or
%HOME%\vimperator\plugin on Windows) unless noted differently. If you don't care about features but just use Vimperator for the sexy
looks, you can also theme that by using
You can install them by copying them to the ~/.vimperator/colors/
directory (%HOME%\vimperator\colors on
Windows) and use it with
Unexpected features - sometimes also called bugs - are listed in our issue tracker. You can also file feature requests there.