I'm using the :find command as my "fuzzy file searcher" in Vim. My setup:

set path=,,**
nnoremap <leader>f :find *

However, I'm having trouble ignoring folders. Huge folders that contain dependencies, like node_modules, slow down the search a lot and of course pollute the results with things I don't want.

I've tried the following, with no luck:

set wildignore+=node_modules/*
set wildignore+=node_modules/**
set wildignore+=node_modules/**/*

What do I need to do? Thanks

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    How is it possible there isn't a solution for this??
    – math2001
    Aug 22, 2017 at 6:08

1 Answer 1


The following enables fuzzy file search (i.e :find script.js) through every file in your project root while excluding the node_modules dir and its contents.

set path+=**                                                                    
set wildignore+=**/node_modules/** 

Tested on:

VIM - Vi IMproved 8.0 (2016 Sep 12, compiled Sep 11 2017 13:57:34) MacOS X (unix) version (Compiled by Homebrew)

  • set is missing in the second line.
    – elquimista
    Jun 1, 2018 at 13:17
  • it seems like this filters out matches in the node_modules directory during tab-completion, but doesn't prevent :find from searching in there, resulting in a slower :find
    – rampion
    Nov 29, 2021 at 16:46

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