I am relatively new to vim and have started using the vim-slime plugin. One thing I use it for is to run python scripts, for example

:SlimeSend1 python ~/myPythonFile.py

I now would like to automate the command above. More specifically, I would like to map the command above to a keystroke, but for whatever python file I happen to be working with. Using F5 as my example keystroke, I am looking for something like

:map <F5> SlimeSend1 python expand('%:p')<CR>

The command above doesn't work because it sends the literal string "python expand('%:p')". As a note, I have gone through vim-slime's documentation, but still can't figure this out.


2 Answers 2


As a general rule of thumb, you can always get around this kind of problem by using :execute and building the command you want to run as a string:

:nnoremap <F5> :execute 'SlimeSend1 python' expand('%:p')<CR>

See :help :execute for more details.

  • Note the first suggestion in the answer from @Mass would also work. The command would be :nnoremap <F5> :SlimeSend1 python <c-r>%<CR>
    – Trevor
    Mar 6, 2018 at 22:44

As you found out, :SlimeSend1 sends its arguments literally, as a single string. You could type CTRL+R to insert the % register, which is the current filename:

:SlimeSend1 python <c-r>%

You could use SlimeSend0 instead which accepts an expression.

:SlimeSend0 'python '.expand('%:p')

This command is a bit unwieldy. You can use a wrapper command;

let s:flags = '<\=\%(:[p8~.htre]\|:g\=s\(.\).\{-\}\1.\{-\}\1\)*'
let s:expandable = '\\*\%(<\w\+>\|%\|#\d*\)' . s:flags
function! s:expand(string) abort
  let slashes = len(matchstr(a:string, '^\%(\\\\\)*'))
  sandbox let v = repeat('\', slashes/2) . expand(a:string[slashes : -1])
  return v
function! TExpand(string) abort
  return substitute(a:string, s:expandable,
          \ '\=s:expand(submatch(0))', 'g')

command! -complete=shellcmd -bang -nargs=+ Send
      \ SlimeSend0 TExpand(<q-args>)

I stole the TExpand function from Dispatch. If you have Dispatch installed you can simply use:

command! -complete=shellcmd -bang -nargs=+ Send
      \ SlimeSend0 dispatch#expand(<q-args>)

Then :Send python % will work as you expect.

  • Did you mean to write s:expand instead of dispatch#expand? Mar 6, 2018 at 7:10
  • @Mass My original question may not have been clear enough, so I updated it. Your first suggestion would work. Your next suggestion (:SlimeSend0) will send but not evaluate the command (unlike :SlimeSend1 which will both send and evaluate the command). Your last suggestion also seems to send but not evaluate the command.
    – Trevor
    Mar 6, 2018 at 7:32
  • @KarlYngveLervåg no actually, TExpand is the same as dispatch#expand (I just copy and pasted it). s:expand() expands a single "%" while dispatch#expand expands an entire string e.g. "python %", emulating the expansion of the :! command.
    – Mass
    Mar 6, 2018 at 16:01
  • @user447986 Ah, yes my second suggestion will not work within a mapping (see @Rich's answer), only interactively. But my last suggestion would work I think; nnoremap <f5> :Send python %<cr> .
    – Mass
    Mar 6, 2018 at 16:04

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