I am looking for a way to be able to open a side pane listing the files in the current directories where the listing is sorted by modification dates. I want to be able to open the files from the listing as well.

I have the NERDTREE plugin, but I can't find a way to sort by dates. Perhaps I am missing some tricks?

Or is there some other plugin that can achieve this?

Thanks in advance.

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If you use the netrw plugin (which is included by default in recent versions), you can sort by date. Start netrw with the command :Ex (or :Vex to make it open as vertical split or "side pane" as you call it) then change the sorting order with s. You may also want to see the change dates. You can see this by pressing i.


You could use netrw's :Lexplore command (usually shortened to :Lex) to get a side pane. As Tumbler41 said, you can change the sorting order with s; you can also have netrw start up with that sorting method by putting let g:netrw_sort_by= "time" in your .vimrc.

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