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Powerline
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:Author: Kim Silkebækken (kim.silkebaekken+vim@gmail.com)
:Source: https://github.com/powerline/powerline
:Version: beta

**Powerline is a statusline plugin for vim, and provides statuslines and 
prompts for several other applications, including zsh, bash, fish, tmux,
IPython, Awesome, i3 and Qtile.**

* `Support forum`_ (powerline-support@googlegroups.com)
* `Development discussion`_ (powerline-dev@googlegroups.com)

.. image:: https://api.travis-ci.org/powerline/powerline.svg?branch=develop
   :target: `travis-build-status`_
   :alt: Build status

.. _travis-build-status: https://travis-ci.org/powerline/powerline
.. _`Support forum`: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/powerline-support
.. _`Development discussion`: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/powerline-dev

Features
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* **Extensible and feature rich, written in Python.** Powerline was 
  completely rewritten in Python to get rid of as much vimscript as 
  possible. This has allowed much better extensibility, leaner and better 
  config files, and a structured, object-oriented codebase with no mandatory
  third-party dependencies other than a Python interpreter.
* **Stable and testable code base.** Using Python has allowed unit testing 
  of all the project code. The code is tested to work in Python 2.6+ and 
  Python 3.
* **Support for prompts and statuslines in many applications.** Originally 
  created exclusively for vim statuslines, the project has evolved to 
  provide statuslines in tmux and several WMs, and prompts for shells like 
  bash/zsh and other applications. It’s simple to write renderers for any 
  other applications that Powerline doesn’t yet support.
* **Configuration and colorschemes written in JSON.** JSON is 
  a standardized, simple and easy to use file format that allows for easy 
  user configuration across all of Powerline’s supported applications.
* **Fast and lightweight, with daemon support for even better performance.**
  Although the code base spans a couple of thousand lines of code with no 
  goal of “less than X lines of code”, the main focus is on good performance 
  and as little code as possible while still providing a rich set of 
  features. The new daemon also ensures that only one Python instance is 
  launched for prompts and statuslines, which provides excellent 
  performance.

*But I hate Python / I don’t need shell prompts / this is just too much 
hassle for me / what happened to the original vim-powerline project / …*

You should check out some of the Powerline derivatives. The most lightweight
and feature-rich alternative is currently Bailey Ling’s `vim-airline 
<https://github.com/vim-airline/vim-airline>`_ project.

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* Consult the `documentation 
  <https://powerline.readthedocs.org/en/latest/>`_ for more information and 
  installation instructions.
* Check out `powerline-fonts <https://github.com/powerline/fonts>`_ for 
  pre-patched versions of popular, open source coding fonts.

Screenshots
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Vim statusline
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

**Mode-dependent highlighting**

* .. image:: https://raw.github.com/powerline/powerline/develop/docs/source/_static/img/pl-mode-normal.png
     :alt: Normal mode
* .. image:: https://raw.github.com/powerline/powerline/develop/docs/source/_static/img/pl-mode-insert.png
     :alt: Insert mode
* .. image:: https://raw.github.com/powerline/powerline/develop/docs/source/_static/img/pl-mode-visual.png
     :alt: Visual mode
* .. image:: https://raw.github.com/powerline/powerline/develop/docs/source/_static/img/pl-mode-replace.png
     :alt: Replace mode

**Automatic truncation of segments in small windows**

* .. image:: https://raw.github.com/powerline/powerline/develop/docs/source/_static/img/pl-truncate1.png
     :alt: Truncation illustration
* .. image:: https://raw.github.com/powerline/powerline/develop/docs/source/_static/img/pl-truncate2.png
     :alt: Truncation illustration
* .. image:: https://raw.github.com/powerline/powerline/develop/docs/source/_static/img/pl-truncate3.png
     :alt: Truncation illustration

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The font in the screenshots is `Pragmata Pro`_ by Fabrizio Schiavi.

.. _`Pragmata Pro`: http://www.fsd.it/shop/fonts/pragmatapro