Plugin installation

Installing plugins is pretty easy. Just place them inside this folder (create it if it doesn't exist yet):


Vem will load all plugins present in this directory at startup.

For example, to install vim-eunuch you can do:

# only required if the start folder doesn't exist
mkdir -p ~/.config/vem/pack/plugins/start

cd ~/.config/vem/pack/plugins/start/
git clone

Take the following into account when managing your plugins:

  • Plugins are loaded at startup time, that means that you need to restart Vem any time you add or remove plugins for the changes to make effect.

  • If you add plugins to the start directory by directly cloning them from their repositories. That way you can pull changes every time that you want to update one.

  • To delete plugins, it is only necessary to delete their directories and restart Vem.

  • Plugin configuration options in Vem can be set in your vemrc file, instead of vimrc file, which is the one used in Vim.

  • Inside pack/ you can have multiple directories to group plugins. For example, you could have pack/foo/start/ and pack/bar/start simultaneously and the plugins of both directories will be loaded when you start Vem. Using pack/plugin/start/ is just a suggestion.

Help tags

If you want to be able to browse the documentation of the installed plugins using the :help command, you have to instruct Vim/Vem to parse the plugin help files first. To do that, execute:


It can be a good idea to execute this command every time that you add or remove plugins.

Plugin Managers

A popular option to manage plugins is to use a plugin manager. Plugin managers such as Vim Plug ( allow you to define a list of plugins you want to use and then they provide commands to clone (or upgrade) all them automatically. They also take care of updating your help tags without you having to do it manually.