Is there a way to expand a UltiSnips snippet while in vim command-line mode? I can only expand a snippet in insert mode.

I am using UltiSnips to help inserting unicode characters. And I need to write these characters in the command-line for searching. I do not want to insert them using <C-v>u. I also prefer not to use digraphs.

  • Digraphs are made exactly for this purpose (IMO using snippets is a bit overkill to insert a single character). Why don't you want to use them? – statox Sep 13 '15 at 16:39

While I didn't achieve to trigger the completion from the command-line mode you can work this like this :

Prepare your command inside insert mode (or at least the part you cannot create from command-line mode). Yank it and insert it inside your command using <C-r> and the " register like so :

Insert Mode


Commande-line Mode


In command-line mode, there are only a set of word you can expand, for example : Command names, Tags, File names, ...

See : http://vimdoc.sourceforge.net/htmldoc/cmdline.html#cmdline-completion

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  • I don't know how to use your answer, can you explain it further, please? E.g. I have a snippet ec that expands to ê and I use <Tab> key to expand snippets. In insert mode, I type tec<Tab> and get . In command-line mode to search, I type /tec<Tab> but get nothing. How do I use this :call UltiSnips#ExpandSnippetOrJump()? – Nasolo Andrianoelina Aug 14 '15 at 14:15
  • Oh ok I didn't understand your question, let me update my answer :) – nobe4 Aug 14 '15 at 14:20

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