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zsh anything.el-like widget.

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zaw - zsh anything.el-like widget


  1. Trigger zaw by pressing Ctrl-x ; (^x;).

  2. select source and press enter.

  3. filter items with zsh patterns separated by spaces, use ^N, ^P and select one.

  4. execute action by pressing enter key or press Meta-enter for alternative action.

    instead, press tab key and select action you want to execute.


currently these sources are available:

  • aliases
  • applications
  • bookmark
  • cdr (needs cdr enabled. Google it or use this packaged version <>_)
  • commands
  • command-output
  • fasd
  • fasd-directories
  • fasd-files
  • functions
  • git-branches
  • git-recent-all-branches
  • git-recent-branches
  • git-files
  • git-files-legacy
  • git-log
  • git-reflog
  • git-status
  • history
  • locate
  • open-file
  • perldoc
  • process
  • programs
  • screens
  • searcher (ag/ack)
  • ssh-hosts
  • tmux
  • widgets

(Note: git-files-legacy is an alternative for git-files. git-files classifies modified files, git-files-legacy doesn't do it for performance reason.)

Additional sources can be installed as third-party plugins. Here is a list of all the ones we know about. Please let us know about any more you find or make! Installation is easiest with a plugin manager such as zgen <>_. Otherwise you can just source the .zsh file that contains the source.

  • calibre source:
  • MPD source:
  • pass <>_ source:
  • systemd source:
  • todoman <>_ source:

shortcut widgets

zaw automaticaly create shortcut widgets for each sources that directly access to the source.

for example, execute bindkey '^R' zaw-history and press ^R to access history source.

you can get all available shortcut widgets' name using zaw-print-src::

$ zaw-print-src

source name shortcut widget name
ack zaw-ack
applications zaw-applications
bookmark zaw-bookmark
git-branches zaw-git-branches
git-recent-all-branches zaw-git-recent-all-branches
git-recent-branches zaw-git-recent-branches
git-files zaw-git-files
git-files-legacy zaw-git-files-legacy
git-status zaw-git-status
history zaw-history
open-file zaw-open-file
perldoc zaw-perldoc
process zaw-process
screens zaw-screens
ssh-hosts zaw-ssh-hosts
tmux zaw-tmux
fasd zaw-fasd
fasd-directories zaw-directories
fasd-files zaw-files

key binds and styles

zaw use filter-select to filter and select items.

you can use these key binds::

key bind action
enter: accept-line (execute default action)
meta + enter: accept-search (execute alternative action)
Tab: select-action
^G: send-break
^H, backspace: backward-delete-char
^F, right key: forward-char
^B, left key: backward-char
^A: beginning-of-line
^E: end-of-line
^W: backward-kill-word
^K: kill-line
^U: kill-whole-line
^N, down key: down-line-or-history (select next item)
^P, up key: up-line-or-history (select previous item)
^V, page up key: forward-word (page down)
^[V, page down key: backward-word (page up)
^[<, home key: beginning-of-history (select first item)
^[>, end key: end-of-history (select last item)

and these zstyles to customize styles::

command zstyle
':filter-select:highlight' selected
':filter-select:highlight' matched
':filter-select:highlight' marked
':filter-select:highlight' title
':filter-select:highlight' error
':filter-select' max-lines
':filter-select' rotate-list
':filter-select' case-insensitive
':filter-select' extended-search
':filter-select' hist-find-no-dups
':filter-select' escape-descriptions
':zaw:' default
':zaw:' alt


zstyle ':filter-select:highlight' matched fg=yellow,standout
zstyle ':filter-select' max-lines 10 # use 10 lines for filter-select
zstyle ':filter-select' max-lines -10 # use $LINES - 10 for filter-select
zstyle ':filter-select' rotate-list yes # enable rotation for filter-select
zstyle ':filter-select' case-insensitive yes # enable case-insensitive search
zstyle ':filter-select' extended-search yes # see below
zstyle ':filter-select' hist-find-no-dups yes # ignore duplicates in history source
zstyle ':filter-select' escape-descriptions no # display literal newlines, not \n, etc
zstyle ':zaw:git-files' default zaw-callback-append-to-buffer # set default action for git-files
zstyle ':zaw:git-files' alt zaw-callback-edit-file # set the alt action for git-files

extended-search: If this style set to be true value, the searching bahavior will be extended as follows:

  ^ Match the beginning of the line if the word begins with ^
  $ Match the end of the line if the word ends with $
  ! Match anything except the word following it if the word begins with !
  so-called smartcase searching

  If you want to search these metacharacters, please doubly escape them.

environment variable

ZAWEDITOR editor command. If this variable is not set, use EDITOR value. ZAWEDITORJUMPPARAM open editor command with line params. %LINE% is replaced by line number. %FILE% is replaced by file path. default +%LINE% %FILE%

making sources

If you want to make another source, please do! Look at as an example of how to make a source repo. Note that it uses the .plugin.zsh convention that plugin managers like zgen and antigen expect for its main file. The sources directory contains the files for the actual sources. All the sources in this repository's sources directory are good references as well for what the source files should look like. They tend to be quite simple. If your source requires any additional configuration or dependencies, be sure to list all of that in your project's README file.

Let us know when you make new plugins so we can add them to our list!