vgrep: A pager for grep

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vgrep is a pager for navigating through grep output.


grep -rn foo | vgrep
vgrep foo /some/path
vgrep foo /some/path | vgrep bar

Use hjkl or arrow keys to navigate, Enter to view file, q to quit.

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Dependencies aeson (==0.9.* || >=0.11 && <1.3), async (>=2.0.2), attoparsec (>=, base (>=4.7 && <5), cabal-file-th (>=0.2.3), containers (>=, directory (>=1.2.2), fingertree (>=0.1.1), generic-deriving (>=1.5.0), lens (>=4.13), lifted-base (>=, mmorph (>=1.0.4), mtl (>=2.2.1), pipes (>=4.1.6), pipes-concurrency (>=2.0.3), process (>=1.2.3), stm (>=2.4.4), template-haskell (>=2.10), text (>=, transformers, unix (>=2.7.1), vgrep, vty (>=5.4.0), yaml (>=0.8.12) [details]
License BSD-3-Clause
Copyright 2016 Franz Thoma
Author Franz Thoma
Category Web
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Source repo head: git clone
Uploaded by fmthoma at Thu Mar 8 20:43:17 UTC 2018
Distributions NixOS:
Executables vgrep
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Last success reported on 2018-03-08 [all 1 reports]
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vgrep -- A pager for grep



  • As a pager:

    grep -rn data /some/path | vgrep  # -n for line numbers
  • As a drop-in replacement for grep:

    vgrep data /some/path                  # recursive by default
    vgrep data /some/path | vgrep default  # works with pipes, too
  • With a git alias defined in your ~/.gitconfig:

    git config --global alias.vgrep '!__git_vgrep () { git grep --color=always "$@" | vgrep; }; __git_vgrep'
    git vgrep data
  • Using ack/ag instead of grep? No problem:

    ack data | vgrep           # Output of `ack` is compatible
    ack --color data | vgrep   # Even coloring works
    ag --color data | vgrep    # Same for `ag`


  • Use hjkl or the arrow keys to navigate
  • Enter opens a pager with the selected file
  • e opens the selected file in $EDITOR
  • Tab switches between results list and pager
  • q closes the pager and then the entire application.



Debian/Ubuntu: .deb files are available for the latest release.

sudo dpkg -i vgrep_0.2.0.0-1_amd64.deb

From Hackage

Installation from Hackage via stack is recommended:

stack update
stack install vgrep

This will install vgrep to your ~/.local/bin directory.

From source

git clone
cd vgrep
stack setup
stack install