Sometimes I mis-spell the name of a file. So let's say I have a file called ThisIsAFileName and I start typing ThisS... The moment I misspell the filename (and there are no hits whatsoever), CTRL-P becomes incredibly slow. It displays each next letter at a speed of about 1 character every 5 seconds. So if I accidentally type 6 extra characters I am waiting half a minute for CTRL-P to finish displaying these characters before I can undo this.

Is this something that happens regularly? Any idea how to fix this?

  • I'm facing same issue...
    – Ejaz
    Aug 31, 2017 at 18:50
  • I'm still stuck in the same situation. I try not to mis-spell, which is my current "fix", but if there's a better fix out there, I'm all ears.
    – user32421
    Sep 1, 2017 at 10:03
  • 2
    I found this article by Doug very useful. It has a section on CtrlP. Quoting from the article > However, we can tell CtrlP to run an external command to find matching > files. Now that we have ag installed, we can use it with CtrlP to make > CtrlP wicked fast. Although I haven't tried using ag myself, it seems to be something worth trying.
    – RIQ
    Oct 10, 2017 at 11:33
  • Ctrl P is old, let try fzf, the performance is significantly faster.
    – Finn
    Dec 6, 2018 at 11:12
  • I'm using it with ag on windows (which is considerable slower than Linux on file discovery and listing) with good results. It's not immediate, but good enough for seamlessly finding files.
    – Spidey
    Feb 23, 2019 at 23:22

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You can enable caching, if it is not enabled already:

let g:ctrlp_use_caching = 1

It significantly reduces lag and is ideal if there aren't a lot of changes inside the directory, ie not a lot of new or deleted files. However, as files are added or removed or renamed, the file index will become stale, and it needs to be refreshed (ie re-indexed) by pressing ctrl+p and then F5 (or alternatively, enter :CtrlPClearCache in command mode).

I prefer to use faster file search external app, and not have to deal with caching at all. I recommend either Ag (The Silver Searcher) or ripgrep. They are significantly faster than the ctrl-p's built-in search engine, and switching the engine is very easy.

Ag or Ripgrep needs to be installed first. And then in .vimrc, I add the following.

If using ripgrep:

if executable('rg')
    let g:ctrlp_user_command = 'rg %s --files --color=never --glob ""'
    let g:ctrlp_use_caching = 0

If using ag:

if executable('ag')
  let g:ctrlp_user_command = 'ag -l --nocolor -g "" %s'
  let g:ctrlp_use_caching = 0
  • On Windows, Ag seems to be slower and I recommend Ripgrep instead of Ag.

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