ChatGPT helped me make a ChatGPT Vim plugin.

January 06, 2023 . 2 min readChatGPT helped me make a ChatGPT Vim plugin.

chatgpt-vim used to generate a working todo app out of html/js

ChatGPT helped me make a ChatGPT Vim plugin

Have you ever wished you could use GPT-3's language generation capabilities directly from your favorite text editor? Well, now you can! I'm excited to announce the release of the chatgpt-vim plugin.

This plugin allows you to access the ChatGPT API (a variant of GPT-3) directly from Vim, allowing you to generate text snippets, complete code blocks, and more. It's a great tool for writers, developers, and anyone looking to save time and increase productivity.

But the story of how this plugin came to be is just as interesting as the plugin itself. You see, I used ChatGPT to help me write the documentation and code for the plugin itself. That's right – ChatGPT helped me build a ChatGPT Vim plugin.

I started by asking ChatGPT to write the basic structure and documentation for the plugin. From there, I was able to use its suggestions and output to guide the development process. Along with some trial and error. It was a powerful way to use the tool, and it allowed me to move much more quickly than I would have been able to on my own.

Overall, the ChatGPT Vim plugin is a great example of the potential for AI-powered tools to augment and enhance our work. I hope you find it as useful as I do!


To install the ChatGPT Vim plugin, follow these steps:

  1. Download the plugin files from the chatgpt-vim.
  2. Copy the files to your ~/.vim directory.
  3. Add the following line to your ~/.vimrc file: source ~/.vim/chatgpt.vim
  4. Restart Vim and you're ready to go!


To use the chatgpt-vim plugin, simply type gpt in normal mode followed by your prompt. For example, to generate a code block, you might type:

gpt > Generate a Python function to reverse a string

The plugin will:

  1. Send your prompt to the ChatGPT API
  2. Display the result to you
  3. Ask if it should insert the generated text into your document at the current cursor.

I hope you enjoy using the chatgpt-vim plugin! Let me know if you have any feedback or questions.