GBrowse selected lines and copy to clipboard

Posted on February 15, 2022 [development] [git] [vim]

When talking with colleagues over chat about certain parts of the code it’s very helpful to show and give context as quickly as possible.

Here’s a way to quickly copy a link to GitHub (or GitLab) of the current visual selection in Vim. You need vim-fugitive installed and an upstream provider.

vim-fugitive provides the :GBrowse command while vim-rhubarb or shumphrey/fugitive-gitlab.vim know how to handle the upstream provider.

After installing those plugins, using the :GBrowse command should open the current file in Github/Gitlab. In order to make it work for visual selection of lines, the following can be used.


Also to make things simpler and faster, I have it re-mapped to gb as follows:

vnoremap gb :'<,'>GBrowse!<CR>

That’s it!