Maybe it's a stupid question, but I can't figure it out. I have installed the UltiSnips plugin. I followed all the instructions on setting it up. I added this into my .vimrc file but it's not working:

" Track the engine.
Plugin 'SirVer/ultisnips'

" Snippets are separated from the engine. Add this if you want them:
Plugin 'honza/vim-snippets'

" Trigger configuration. Do not use <tab> if you use https://github.com/Valloric/YouCompleteMe.
let g:UltiSnipsExpandTrigger="<tab>"
let g:UltiSnipsJumpForwardTrigger="<c-b>"
let g:UltiSnipsJumpBackwardTrigger="<c-z>"

I checked that Tab is not used anywhere in the rest of my .vimrc file. When I type cl and press Tab nothing happens. However, I am expecting it to offer me insert snippet for the python class.

This is the list of plugin I am using:


What am I missing here? Can anyone help me?

1 Answer 1


This is because of this line in UtliSnips documentation:

UltiSnips comes without snippets. The default snippets can be found here: https://github.com/honza/vim-snippets

UltiSnips is just an engine, you need to install/create own snippets. I use those recommended vim-snippets and they work like a charm.

  • thanks for the answer. I thought it would work out of the box ))).
    – Nurjan
    Apr 20, 2017 at 7:03
  • Do you know how to add snippets from vim-snippets into UltiSnips? There is no clear information about that. I also assumed according to the installation instructions that UltiSnips will use the snippets from vim-snippets directory in ~/.vim/bundle.
    – Nurjan
    Apr 20, 2017 at 8:46
  • It should use them. I use pathogen and only thing I did was to clone vim-snippets to ~/.vim/bundle. According to UltiSnips documentation: UltiSnips will search each 'runtimepath' directory for the subdirectory names defined in g:UltiSnipsSnippetDirectories in the order they are defined. So check if vim-snippets and UltiSnips are in the output of :scriptnames and/or :set rtp?
    – grodzik
    Apr 20, 2017 at 8:55
  • 1
    I added this line from the documentation of UltiSnips let g:UltiSnipsSnippetDirectories=["UltiSnips"] to the .vimrc file and it's working fine now. It wasn't obvious in my case, though.
    – Nurjan
    Apr 20, 2017 at 9:11

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