Vimium is an extension for Google Chrome that enables a number of keyboard shortcuts that make interacting with chrome more like interacting with vim.

Documentation From Chrome’s Store

The Hacker’s Browser. Vimium provides keyboard shortcuts for navigation and control in the spirit of Vim.


Google does not allow Vimium to run on this gallery page and the Chrome New Tab page, by design.


Chrome has some alarmist messaging around the permissions that Vimium needs to run. Really all it’s asking for is that its javascript be loaded into every page. Don’t be alarmed. Vimium never talks to any servers and does absolutely nothing with your data. Read the open source code if you’re paranoid.

For more information on rebinding your keys, see the README at

Modifier keys are specified as <c-x>, <m-x>, <a-x> for ctrl+x, meta+x, and alt+x respectively. See the next section for instructions on modifying these bindings.

Navigating the current page:

?       show the help dialog for a list of all available keys
h       scroll left
j       scroll down
k       scroll up
l       scroll right
gg      scroll to top of the page
G       scroll to bottom of the page
d       scroll down half a page
u       scroll up half a page
f       open a link in the current tab
F       open a link in a new tab
r       reload
gs      view source
i       enter insert mode -- all commands will be ignored until you hit esc to exit
yy      copy the current url to the clipboard
yf      copy a link url to the clipboard
gf      cycle forward to the next frame

Using find:

/       enter find mode -- type your search query and hit enter to search or esc to cancel
n       cycle forward to the next find match
N       cycle backward to the previous find match

Navigating your history:

H       go back in history
L       go forward in history

Manipulating tabs:

J, gT      go one tab left
K, gt      go one tab right
g0         go to the first tab
g$         go to the last tab
t          create tab
x          close current tab
X          restore closed tab (i.e. unwind the 'x' command)

Additional advanced browsing commands:

]]      Follow the link labeled 'next' or '>'. Helpful for browsing paginated sites.
[[      Follow the link labeled 'previous' or '<'. Helpful for browsing paginated sites.
<a-f>   open multiple links in a new tab
gi      focus the first (or n-th) text input box on the page
gu      go up one level in the URL hierarchy
zH      scroll all the way left
zL      scroll all the way right

Vimium supports command repetition so, for example, hitting ‘5t’ will open 5 tabs in rapid succession. ESC (or <c-[>) will clear any partial commands in the queue and will also exit insert and find modes.

1.32 (03/05/2011)

  • More tweaks to the next / previous link-detection algorithm
  • Minor bug fixes.

1.31 (02/28/2012)

  • Improve style of link hints, and use fewer characters for hints.
  • Add an option to hide the heads up display (HUD). Notably, the HUD obscures Facebook Chat’s textbox.
  • Detection and following of next / previous links has been improved.
  • Addition of g0 and g$ commands, for switching tabs.
  • Addition of p/P commands for URL pasting.
  • A new find mode which optionally supports case sensitivity and regular expressions. See here:
  • Bug fixes.

To see older release notes, go to

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