Is there a way to get the following in Vim: If I execute a command in Vim like !make c, I would like to have a frame/split that pops up like in syntastic instead of switching to terminal view. That way, I would be able to go on writing or doing stuff in vim during compilation/command execution.

If I remember right, they added some asynchronous feature to vim (how ever it is used) so there is probably a plugin can fulfill my wish.

It would be also important, that when I execute another command I don't want to have a second window that pops up. It shall all be in the same window.

  • Thank you for editing, but I think that fulfil is also right, just not american English. Also I think that there need to be an that between "plugin" and "can fulfil" but I am not sure.
    – baxbear
    Jul 7, 2017 at 16:46
  • are you aware of tmux?
    – laktak
    Jul 7, 2017 at 20:06
  • Yes, I am using it already
    – baxbear
    Jul 7, 2017 at 20:23
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    If I understand your question properly what you are looking for is being developped: Neovim already has a :terminal command which does what you want and Bram Moolenaar started to implement a similar feature in Vim 3 days ago. So you could have a look at neovim or wait to see how this feature will be implemented in Vim.
    – statox
    Jul 10, 2017 at 11:07
  • :term is now part of vim (even if it is still not finished) and it does what I was looking for
    – baxbear
    Sep 7, 2017 at 9:53

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You can use your shell in a split inside the vim session using this plugin : ConqueShell

Since this opens in a split view, it would not disturb your currently working area.

I have mapped it as such on my Windows machine :

map cc :ConqueTermSplit cmd.exe<CR><CR>

Note : <CR> has been written twice to avoid a warning message at startup that goes away after pressing Enter.


Since you already have tmux, why don't you just split the window and run the command in a new pane?

If you want to automate this with a Vim mapping take a look at vim-tmux-runner.

  • I tried to explain why - gone more and more into detail and noticed by explaining what exactly I am looking for it is nearly impossible to get - I am not opening a split because I have already splits and tabs and stuff open and max out splits with one vim instant pretty often
    – baxbear
    Jul 10, 2017 at 10:59
  • How about a tmux split on top of the currently split vim session? Jul 14, 2017 at 4:09

I use a normal command aliased to Sh and then place the command I want to run after it.

With this text in a sourced file (e.g. vimrc):

command! -nargs=* -complete=shellcmd ShellRead new | setlocal buftype=nofile bufhidden=hide noswapfile | read !<args>
cabbrev Sh ShellRead

I then type: Sh !make c instead of using the ! and the command runs and shows the output in a new window within vim.

It does consume the vim session, however, so mainly I use it for quick tasks.


Stub: depending on the command, you may want to filter the buffer with :[range]! or use the vim 8 :terminal. The new | 0read !command is good too.

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