Buffersaurus – A Vim Plugin for Searching and Indexing Across Buffers


Buffersaurus is a Vim plugin for searching and indexing the contents of buffers
for regular expression patterns or collections of regular expression patterns.
Results are displayed in separate buffer, and can be (optionally) viewed with
user-specifiable lines of context (i.e., a number of lines before and/or after
the line matching the search pattern) or filtered for specific patterns.

Global commands provided include (among others):

:Bsgrep[!] {pattern}
Search all buffers (or just current buffer if “!” given) for regular
expression pattern, {pattern}.
Construct a “table-of-contents” consisting of filetype-dependent
“important” patterns (e.g. class and method/function definitions).

Other commands include those for filtering results, jumping to next/previous
matching line without opening the catalog, searching for special user-defined
terms (“:Bsterm”) etc.

The results list can be browsed/navigated using all the usual Vim movement
commands. Selected lines can be opened in the previous window, a new window
split (vertical or horizontal), or a new tab page. Context can be toggled (i.e.
show a user-specified number of lines before or after the matching line).
Results are grouped and sorted by filename, and then by line number, but can
also be ungrouped and sorted lexically.

Search and replace as well as running arbitrary commands on the matched lines (or surrounding context lines) are also supported.

The primary distribution page for Buffersaurus is here:


Detailed usage description is given in the help file, which can be viewed
on-line here:


Source code repository can be found here:



If Pathogen is installed, you can install Buffersaurus by unpacking the source
(or cloning the Git repository) in “$VIMRUNTIME/bundle“. Otherwise, unpack the source archive and copy
buffersaurus.vim” to “$VIMRUNTIME/plugin” and “buffersaurus.txt” to

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