When using Vim you can use
:Explore to browser through files and folders.
Is there a simple way to start Vim in "Explore mode" from the terminal? Can I do this by just giving Vim some argument?
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Alternatively (the passing of directory argument(s) as in @EvergreenTree's answer relies on the autocmds of the netrw plugin, and aren't a general solution), you can pass any Ex command to Vim on startup via the
$ vim -c Explore
You can also use
+, which is exactly the same as
-c, except slightly shorter:
$ vim +Explore
The "Explore Mode" you are talking about is netrw, a vim plugin which is provided by default. It should open in that "mode" if you just try to open a directory with vim, eg.
:Explore) on vim startup to explore the current directory.
Then the following will allow you to simply type gvim (by itself) and get a browser display showing:
augroup VimStartup au! au VimEnter * if expand("%") == "" && argc() == 0 && (v:servername =~ 'GVIM\d*' || v:servername == "") | e . | endif augroup END
(put this into your .vimrc)