Ivy-mode 0.4.0 is out02 May 2015
This is a feature-packed release with a lot of cool things like:
- Partial completion on TAB
- Resume the last completion session with
- Multi-tier regex matching
The detailed release notes follow.
Glob expansion in
While completing file names, ivy expands the file name to
read-file-name-internal and isn't
receptive to globs being expanded with the current directory. A
work-around this is to use the generic strategy when ivy is in
- enter the input text as if there was no completion.
- exit with C-u C-j (forwards to
ivy-immediate-done is currently unbound by default. If you want, you
can bind it in your config like this:
(define-key ivy-minibuffer-map (kbd "C-c C-d") 'ivy-immediate-done)
Exclude a couple more modes from font-lock
This time, they are
Fix a flag in
You can launch a query replace with M-q from swiper.
By default, ivy completion candidates are sorted with
string-lessp. The sorting can be customized with
ivy-sort-functions-alist. While refiling, the natural order is
actually best, so the sorting is turned off in that case.
Reset to the first candidate when switching directories
ivy-mode you can select a file anywhere on your file system by
switching directories repeatedly with C-j
ivy-alt-done). After moving to a new directory, the point should be
on the first candidate.
Fixup the face order
All this time there was an issue with the face order swapping between
1 and 2 groups. This is now fixed. Also, I've made
swiper-match-face-4 inherit from
isearch-fail. It's important to
have all 4 faces be different.
Don't error on bad regex
When the current input is a bad regex, just display no candidates and continue. Don't throw an error.
Use // instead of / to move to root
While completing file names, you can enter // to move to
the root directory. This change was necessary in order to make it
possible to enter e.g.
Host completion for
This feature is a bit flaky for now. But it works well on my
machine. It should get better after a few bug reports. You can start
the completion right after the method, e.g.
/ssh: RET, or
after method+user, e.g.
If you set
confirm-nonexistent-file-or-buffer to t (it's nil by
default), you'll have to confirm when you create a new file or buffer
Highlight remote buffers with
Just some extra polish to make things look nicer. The buffers to which
you're connected through TRAMP will be highlighted with the new
Change the prompt for
Sometimes, the Emacs functions that call completion specify to it that a match is required, i.e. you can't just type in some random stuff - you have to select one of the candidates given to you. In that case ivy will appropriately change the prompt like this:
Improve the candidate selection while using history
While completing, you press M-p to select the previous input. This update tries to select not just the first candidates that matches, but the actual previous candidate that you selected before.
Use alpha compositing to add
This is only relevant for when the completion candidates have custom face backgrounds. But in that case, the minibuffer looks a lot nicer.
Add partial completion
Press TAB to do call
ivy-partial-or-done to complete the
current thing to the largest possible prefix. When called twice in a
row, it's the same as C-j, i.e. it will finish the
Improve completion of hidden buffers
In Emacs, hidden buffer names start with a space. To see them all,
press a single space while completing buffers in
ivy-mode. You can
toggle between hidden and non-hidden buffers by editing the first
space in your input query. Remember that with
minibuffer is a proper editable area, so C-a works properly
Allow to quote spaces while matching
Spaces are wild while matching - they serve as group
boundaries. However, sometimes it would be useful to quote them. From
now on, you can quote
N consecutive spaces by inputting
Add multi-tier regex matching
This is actually a really cool feature, so if you're paying attention to any section, let it be this one.
For example, I cloned
counsel-git, which is like a
find-file for all files in
a git repository at once.
- Initially, it gives 45919 candidate files.
- With input "utility", there are 234 candidates.
- With input "utility hpp", there are 139 candidates.
Now, the interesting part. If I want to exclude anything with "hpp" in it, I change the input to "utility !hpp" (with M-b !) to get 95 candidates (95=234-139, it checks out). I could exclude some more:
- with input "utility !hpp cpp" there are 57 candidates.
- with input "utility !hpp cpp ipp" there are 46 candidates.
- I can unify the regex to "utility ![hic]pp" and also get 46 candidates.
- exclude htm with "utility ![hic]pp htm" to get only 17 candidates.
You can use this strategy anywhere, not just for git file. For example, in
You can customize
ivy-re-builders-alist to make
in the way that you like. The alist dispatches on the collection
type, so you can have one completion strategy for buffers, another for
files and still another for everything else.
Each function on the alist should turn the string input into a string
regex. So the simplest one would be
regexp-quote. If you want to use
multi-tier matching, the function should instead return a list of
regexps of two types:
- the ones that should match (will be joined by
- the ones that should not match (will be joined by
This feature is still a bit of a work-in-progress. But it allows you
to resume the last completion to the point before you entered
RET or C-g etc. It only works for features that
ivy-read. You could resume other
features, but nothing would be done when you select the candidate,
ivy-completing-read has no idea what the function that called
it was going to do with the result.
Currently, you can resume:
Here's how I've bound it in my config:
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c C-r") 'ivy-resume) (global-set-key [f6] 'ivy-resume)
ivy-resume feature adds
occur-like functionality to
ivy-resume is like switching to the
If you're considering to switch from
ivy-mode, now is
a good time, since the most glaring gaps have now been filled. You can
find some up-to-date info on the
swiper wiki. I switched the
page syntax from markdown to org-mode, but Github makes the headings
way to big. So it might be easier to clone the wiki and view the org
files in Emacs:
git clone https://github.com/abo-abo/swiper.wiki.git