MacVim Nerdtree where to put it?

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  1. RandomMacBob macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2010
    Hi, I am new to OSX

    I have downloaded MacVim and it works perfectly. Now I want to install the plugin NerdTree. The documentation says I just need to unzip to my .vim directory. Where do I find this folder?

    I have tried to show content of application and inserted the files there but that didnt work.
  2. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    My guess is that it's a (hidden) folder in your Home directory. Here's one approach:

    1) Open Terminal (in Utilities) and enter

    defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/ AppleShowAllFiles true
    2) Then in Terminal enter

    killall Finder
    3) Now you've told Finder to show all files, including hidden files, and you've killed (and automatically restarted) Finder so that the change will take effect. So look in your Home folder for a .vim folder. If it's there

    4) Double-click on the .zip file you downloaded to unzip it, and then drag the unzipped item into that .vim folder

    5) Then in Terminal enter

    defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/ AppleShowAllFiles false
    6) Then in Terminal enter

    killall Finder
  3. tag macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2005
    Hey that is a neat plugin, I use vim but hadn't seen that plugin before.

    As for your dilemma, I'm not sure how comfortable you are with terminal but this should work for you without having to do too many commands...

    Open up Terminal and do the following...

    1. Type "open ~/.vim"

    2. if you get a message saying "The file /Users/username/.vim doesn't exist" then type "mkdir ~/.vim" If it does exist and it opens a finder window then just skip to step 4.

    3. then again type "open ~/.vim" This will open a finder window for .vim

    4. Then just drag the "doc" "nerdtree_plugin" and "plugin" folders into the .vim finder window and you will be all set.
  4. RandomMacBob thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2010
    Thanks guys! Really good help! I did not know about hidden files/folders in osx.

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