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What Is Telescope?

telescope.nvim is a highly extendable fuzzy finder over lists. Built on the latest awesome features from neovim core. Telescope is centered around modularity, allowing for easy customization.

Community driven built-in pickers, sorters and previewers.

Built-in Support:

Preview For more showcases of Telescope, please visit the Showcase section in the Telescope Wiki

Telescope Table of Contents

Getting Started

This section should guide you to run your first built-in pickers 😄.

Neovim (v0.5) or newer is required for telescope.nvim to work.

Optional dependencies


Using vim-plug

Plug 'nvim-lua/popup.nvim'
Plug 'nvim-lua/plenary.nvim'
Plug 'nvim-telescope/telescope.nvim'

Using dein

call dein#add('nvim-lua/popup.nvim')
call dein#add('nvim-lua/plenary.nvim')
call dein#add('nvim-telescope/telescope.nvim')

Using packer.nvim

use {
  requires = {{'nvim-lua/popup.nvim'}, {'nvim-lua/plenary.nvim'}}


Try the command :Telescope find_files<cr> to see if telescope.nvim is installed correctly.

" Find files using Telescope command-line sugar.
nnoremap <leader>ff <cmd>Telescope find_files<cr>
nnoremap <leader>fg <cmd>Telescope live_grep<cr>
nnoremap <leader>fb <cmd>Telescope buffers<cr>
nnoremap <leader>fh <cmd>Telescope help_tags<cr>

" Using Lua functions
nnoremap <leader>ff <cmd>lua require('telescope.builtin').find_files()<cr>
nnoremap <leader>fg <cmd>lua require('telescope.builtin').live_grep()<cr>
nnoremap <leader>fb <cmd>lua require('telescope.builtin').buffers()<cr>
nnoremap <leader>fh <cmd>lua require('telescope.builtin').help_tags()<cr>

See built-in pickers for a list of all built-in functions.


This section should help you explore available options to configure and customize your telescope.nvim.

Unlike most vim plugins, telescope.nvim can be customized by either applying customizations globally, or individually per picker.

  • Global Customization affecting all pickers can be done through the main setup() method (see defaults below)
  • Individual Customization affecting a single picker by passing opts built-in pickers (e.g. builtin.fd(opts)) see Configuration recipes wiki page for ideas.

Telescope Defaults

As an example of using the setup() method, the following code configures telescope.nvim to its default settings:

  defaults = {
    vimgrep_arguments = {
    prompt_prefix = "> ",
    selection_caret = "> ",
    entry_prefix = "  ",
    initial_mode = "insert",
    selection_strategy = "reset",
    sorting_strategy = "descending",
    layout_strategy = "horizontal",
    layout_config = {
      horizontal = {
        mirror = false,
      vertical = {
        mirror = false,
    file_sorter =  require'telescope.sorters'.get_fuzzy_file,
    file_ignore_patterns = {},
    generic_sorter =  require'telescope.sorters'.get_generic_fuzzy_sorter,
    winblend = 0,
    border = {},
    borderchars = { '─', '│', '─', '│', '╭', '╮', '╯', '╰' },
    color_devicons = true,
    use_less = true,
    path_display = {},
    set_env = { ['COLORTERM'] = 'truecolor' }, -- default = nil,
    file_previewer = require'telescope.previewers',
    grep_previewer = require'telescope.previewers',
    qflist_previewer = require'telescope.previewers',

    -- Developer configurations: Not meant for general override
    buffer_previewer_maker = require'telescope.previewers'.buffer_previewer_maker

To embed the above code snippet in a .vim file (for example in after/plugin/telescope.nvim.vim), wrap it in lua << EOF code-snippet EOF:

lua << EOF
  -- ...

Options affecting Presentation

Keys Description Options
prompt_prefix What should the prompt prefix be. string
selection_caret What should the selection caret be. string
entry_prefix What should be shown in front of every entry. (current selection excluded) string
initial_mode The initial mode when a prompt is opened. insert/normal
layout_strategy How the telescope is drawn. supported layouts
layout_config Extra settings for fine-tuning how your layout looks supported settings
sorting_strategy Where first selection should be located. descending/ascending
scroll_strategy How to behave when the when there are no more item next/prev cycle, nil
winblend How transparent is the telescope window should be. number
borderchars The border chars, it gives border telescope window dict
color_devicons Whether to color devicons or not boolean
use_less Whether to use less with bat or less/cat if bat not installed boolean
set_env Set environment variables for previewer dict
path_display How file paths are displayed supported settings
file_previewer What telescope previewer to use for files. Previewers
grep_previewer What telescope previewer to use for grep and similar Previewers
qflist_previewer What telescope previewer to use for qflist Previewers

Options for extension developers

Keys Description Options
buffer_previewer_maker How a file gets loaded and which highlighter will be used. Extensions will change it function

Options affecting Sorting

Keys Description Options
file_sorter The sorter for file lists. Sorters
generic_sorter The sorter for everything else. Sorters
vimgrep_arguments The command-line argument for grep search ... TODO. dict
selection_strategy What happens to the selection if the list changes. follow/reset/row/closest
file_ignore_patterns Pattern to be ignored { "scratch/.*", "%.env" } dict

Customize Default Builtin behavior

You can customize each default builtin behavior by adding the preferred options into the table that is passed into require("telescope").setup().


require("telescope").setup {
  defaults = {
    -- Your defaults config goes in here
  pickers = {
    -- Your special builtin config goes in here
    buffers = {
      sort_lastused = true,
      theme = "dropdown",
      previewer = false,
      mappings = {
        i = {
          ["<c-d>"] = require("telescope.actions").delete_buffer,
          -- Right hand side can also be the name of the action as a string
          ["<c-d>"] = "delete_buffer",
        n = {
          ["<c-d>"] = require("telescope.actions").delete_buffer,
    find_files = {
      theme = "dropdown"
  extensions = {
    -- Your extension config goes in here


Mappings are fully customizable. Many familiar mapping patterns are setup as defaults.

Mappings Action
<C-n>/<Down> Next item
<C-p>/<Up> Previous item
j/k Next/previous (in normal mode)
<cr> Confirm selection
<C-x> go to file selection as a split
<C-v> go to file selection as a vsplit
<C-t> go to a file in a new tab
<C-u> scroll up in preview window
<C-d> scroll down in preview window
<C-c> close telescope
<Esc> close telescope (in normal mode)

To see the full list of mappings, check out lua/telescope/mappings.lua and the default_mappings table.

Much like built-in pickers, there are a number of actions you can pick from to remap your telescope buffer mappings, or create a new custom action:

-- Built-in actions
local transform_mod = require('').transform_mod

-- or create your custom action
local my_cool_custom_action = transform_mod({
  x = function()
    print("This function ran after another action. Prompt_bufnr: " .. prompt_bufnr)
    -- Enter your function logic here. You can take inspiration from lua/telescope/actions.lua

To remap telescope mappings and make them apply to all pickers:

local actions = require('telescope.actions')
-- Global remapping
  defaults = {
    mappings = {
      i = {
        -- To disable a keymap, put [map] = false
        -- So, to not map "<C-n>", just put
        ["<C-n>"] = false,

        -- Otherwise, just set the mapping to the function that you want it to be.
        ["<C-i>"] = actions.select_horizontal,

        -- Add up multiple actions
        ["<cr>"] = actions.select_default +,

        -- You can perform as many actions in a row as you like
        ["<cr>"] = actions.select_default + + my_cool_custom_action,
      n = {
        ["<esc>"] = actions.close,
        ["<C-i>"] = my_cool_custom_action,

For a picker specific remapping, it can be done by setting its attach_mappings key to a function, like so:

local actions = require('telescope.actions')
local action_set = require('telescope.actions.set')
local action_state = require('telescope.actions.state')
-- Picker specific remapping
require('telescope.builtin').fd({ -- or new custom picker's attach_mappings field:
  attach_mappings = function(prompt_bufnr)
    -- This will replace select no matter on which key it is mapped by default, type)
      local entry = action_state.get_selected_entry()
      -- Code here

    -- You can also enhance an action with pre and post action, which will run before of after an action{
      pre = function()
          -- Will run before actions.select_default
      post = function()
          -- Will run after actions.select_default

    -- Or replace for all commands: default, horizontal, vertical, tab, type)
      print(cmd) -- Will print edit, new, vnew or tab depending on your keystroke

    return true
-- More practical example of adding a new mapping
require'telescope.builtin'.git_branches({ attach_mappings = function(_, map)
  map('i', '<c-d>', actions.git_delete_branch) -- this action already exist
  map('n', '<c-d>', actions.git_delete_branch) -- this action already exist
  -- For more actions look at lua/telescope/actions/init.lua
  return true

For more info, see ./


Built-in functions. Ready to be bound to any key you like. 😄

:lua require'telescope.builtin'.planets{}

:nnoremap <Leader>pp :lua require'telescope.builtin'.planets{}

File Pickers

Functions Description
builtin.find_files Lists files in your current working directory, respects .gitignore
builtin.git_files Fuzzy search through the output of git ls-files command, respects .gitignore, optionally ignores untracked files
builtin.grep_string Searches for the string under your cursor in your current working directory
builtin.live_grep Search for a string in your current working directory and get results live as you type (respecting .gitignore)
builtin.file_browser Lists files and folders in your current working directory, open files, navigate your filesystem, and create new files and folders

Options for builtin.live_grep

Keys Description Options
grep_open_files Restrict live_grep to currently open files, mutually exclusive with search_dirs boolean
search_dirs List of directories to search in, mutually exclusive with grep_open_files list

Vim Pickers

Functions Description
builtin.buffers Lists open buffers in current neovim instance
builtin.oldfiles Lists previously open files
builtin.commands Lists available plugin/user commands and runs them on <cr>
builtin.tags Lists tags in current directory with tag location file preview (users are required to run ctags -R to generate tags or update when introducing new changes)
builtin.command_history Lists commands that were executed recently, and reruns them on <cr>
builtin.search_history Lists searches that were executed recently, and reruns them on <cr>
builtin.help_tags Lists available help tags and opens a new window with the relevant help info on <cr>
builtin.man_pages Lists manpage entries, opens them in a help window on <cr>
builtin.marks Lists vim marks and their value
builtin.colorscheme Lists available colorschemes and applies them on <cr>
builtin.quickfix Lists items in the quickfix list
builtin.loclist Lists items from the current window's location list
builtin.vim_options Lists vim options, allows you to edit the current value on <cr>
builtin.registers Lists vim registers, pastes the contents of the register on <cr>
builtin.autocommands Lists vim autocommands and goes to their declaration on <cr>
builtin.spell_suggest Lists spelling suggestions for the current word under the cursor, replaces word with selected suggestion on <cr>
builtin.keymaps Lists normal mode keymappings
builtin.filetypes Lists all available filetypes
builtin.highlights Lists all available highlights
builtin.current_buffer_fuzzy_find Live fuzzy search inside of the currently open buffer
builtin.current_buffer_tags Lists all of the tags for the currently open buffer, with a preview

Neovim LSP Pickers

Functions Description
builtin.lsp_references Lists LSP references for word under the cursor
builtin.lsp_document_symbols Lists LSP document symbols in the current buffer
builtin.lsp_workspace_symbols Lists LSP document symbols in the current workspace
builtin.lsp_dynamic_workspace_symbols Dynamically Lists LSP for all workspace symbols
builtin.lsp_code_actions Lists any LSP actions for the word under the cursor, that can be triggered with <cr>
builtin.lsp_range_code_actions Lists any LSP actions for a given range, that can be triggered with <cr>
builtin.lsp_document_diagnostics Lists LSP diagnostics for the current buffer
builtin.lsp_workspace_diagnostics Lists LSP diagnostics for the current workspace if supported, otherwise searches in all open buffers
builtin.lsp_implementations Goto the implementation of the word under the cursor if there's only one, otherwise show all options in Telescope
builtin.lsp_definitions Goto the definition of the word under the cursor, if there's only one, otherwise show all options in Telescope

Pre-filtering option for LSP pickers

For the *_symbols and *_diagnostics LSP pickers, there is a special filtering that you can use to specify your search. When in insert mode while the picker is open, type : and then press <C-l> to get an autocomplete menu filled with all of the possible filters you can use.

I.e. while using the lsp_document_symbols picker, adding :methods: to your query filters out any document symbols not recognized as methods by treesitter.

Git Pickers

Functions Description
builtin.git_commits Lists git commits with diff preview and checks them out on <cr>
builtin.git_bcommits Lists buffer's git commits with diff preview and checks them out on <cr>
builtin.git_branches Lists all branches with log preview, checkout action <cr>, track action <C-t> and rebase action<C-r>
builtin.git_status Lists current changes per file with diff preview and add action. (Multi-selection still WIP)
builtin.git_stash Lists stash items in current repository with ability to apply them on <cr>

Treesitter Picker

Functions Description
builtin.treesitter Lists Function names, variables, from Treesitter!

Lists Picker

Functions Description
builtin.planets Use the telescope...
builtin.builtin Lists Built-in pickers and run them on <cr>.
builtin.reloader Lists Lua modules and reload them on <cr>.
builtin.symbols Lists symbols inside a file data/telescope-sources/*.json found in your rtp. More info and symbol sources can be found here


Previewers Description Default previewer for files. Uses vim buffers Default previewer for grep and similar. Uses vim buffers Default previewer for qflist. Uses vim buffers Deprecated previewer for files. Uses cat/bat Deprecated previewer for grep and similar. Uses cat/bat Deprecated previewer for qflist. Uses cat/bat

The default previewers are from now on vim_buffer_ previewers. They use vim buffers for displaying files and use tree-sitter or regex for file highlighting. These previewers are guessing the filetype of the selected file, so there might be cases where they miss, leading to wrong highlights. This is because we can't determine the filetype in the traditional way: We don't do bufload and instead read the file asynchronously with vim.loop.fs_ and attach only a highlighter; otherwise the speed of the previewer would slow down considerably. If you want to configure more filetypes, take a look at plenary wiki.

If you want to configure the vim_buffer_ previewer (e.g. you want the line to wrap), do this:

autocmd User TelescopePreviewerLoaded setlocal wrap


Sorters Description
sorters.get_fuzzy_file Telescope's default sorter for files
sorters.get_generic_fuzzy_sorter Telescope's default sorter for everything else
sorters.get_levenshtein_sorter Using Levenshtein distance algorithm (don't use :D)
sorters.get_fzy_sorter Using fzy algorithm
sorters.fuzzy_with_index_bias Used to list stuff with consideration to when the item is added

A Sorter is called by the Picker on each item returned by the Finder. It returns a number, which is equivalent to the "distance" between the current prompt and the entry returned by a finder.


Common groups of settings can be set up to allow for themes. We have some built in themes but are looking for more cool options.


Themes Description
themes.get_dropdown A list like centered list. dropdown
themes.get_cursor A cursor relative list.
themes.get_ivy Bottom panel overlay. Ivy #771

To use a theme, simply append it to a built-in function:

nnoremap <Leader>f :lua require'telescope.builtin'.find_files(require('telescope.themes').get_dropdown({}))<cr>
" Change an option
nnoremap <Leader>f :lua require'telescope.builtin'.find_files(require('telescope.themes').get_dropdown({ winblend = 10 }))<cr>

Or use with a command:

Telescope find_files theme=get_dropdown

Themes should work with every telescope.builtin function. If you wish to make a theme, check out lua/telescope/themes.lua.


Telescope user autocmds:

Event Description
User TelescopeFindPre Do it before Telescope creates all the floating windows
User TelescopePreviewerLoaded Do it after Telescope previewer window is created


Telescope provides the capabilities to create & register extensions, which improve telescope in a variety of ways.

Some extensions provide integration with external tools, outside of the scope of builtins. Others provide performance enhancements by using compiled C and interfacing directly with Lua.

Loading extensions

To load an extension, use the load_extension function as shown in the example below:

-- This will load fzy_native and have it override the default file sorter

You may skip explicitly loading extensions (they will then be lazy-loaded), but tab completions will not be available right away.

Accessing pickers from extensions

Pickers from extensions are added to the :Telescope command under their respective name. For example:

" Run the `configurations` picker from nvim-dap
:Telescope dap configurations

They can also be called directly from Lua:

-- Run the `configurations` picker from nvim-dap

Community Extensions

For a list of community extensions, please consult the Wiki: Extensions



-- lua/telescope/finders.lua
  entry_maker     = function(line) end,
  fn_command      = function() { command = "", args  = { "ls-files" } } end,
  static          = false,
  maximum_results = false


This section is an overview of how custom pickers can be created and configured.

-- lua/telescope/pickers.lua
  prompt_title            = "", -- REQUIRED
  finder                  = FUNCTION, -- see lua/telescope/finder.lua
  sorter                  = FUNCTION, -- see lua/telescope/sorter.lua
  previewer               = FUNCTION, -- see lua/telescope/previewer.lua
  selection_strategy      = "reset", -- follow, reset, row
  border                  = {},
  borderchars             = {"─", "│", "─", "│", "┌", "┐", "┘", "└"},
  default_selection_index = 1, -- Change the index of the initial selection row

To override only some of the default mappings, you can use the attach_mappings key in the setup table. For example:

function my_custom_picker(results), {
    prompt_title = 'Custom Picker',
    finder = finders.new_table(results),
    sorter = sorters.fuzzy_with_index_bias(),
    attach_mappings = function(_, map)
      -- Map "<cr>" in insert mode to the function, actions.set_command_line
      map('i', '<cr>', actions.set_command_line)

      -- If the return value of `attach_mappings` is true, then the other
      -- default mappings are still applies.
      -- Return false if you don't want any other mappings applied.
      -- A return value _must_ be returned. It is an error to not return anything.
      return true

Layout (display)

Layout can be configured by choosing a specific layout_strategy and specifying a particular layout_config for that strategy. For more details on available strategies and configuration options, see :help telescope.layout.

Some options for configuring sizes in layouts are "resolvable". This means that they can take different forms, and will be interpreted differently according to which form they take. For example, if we wanted to set the width of a picker using the vertical layout strategy to 50% of the screen width, we would specify that width as 0.5, but if we wanted to specify the width to be exactly 80 characters wide, we would specify it as 80. For more details on resolving sizes, see :help telescope.resolve.

As an example, if we wanted to specify the layout strategy and width, but only for this instance, we could do something like:

:lua require('telescope.builtin').find_files({layout_strategy='vertical',layout_config={width=0.5}})

If we wanted to change the width for every time we use the vertical layout strategy, we could add the following to our setup() call:

  defaults = {
    layout_config = {
      vertical = { width = 0.5 }
      -- other layout configuration here
    -- other defaults configuration here
  -- other configuration values here

Vim Commands

All telescope.nvim functions are wrapped in vim commands for easy access, tab completions and setting options.

" Show all builtin pickers

" Tab completion
:Telescope |<tab>
:Telescope find_files

" Setting options
:Telescope find_files prompt_prefix=🔍

" If option is table type in Lua code, you can use `,` to connect each command string, e.g.:
" find_command,vimgrep_arguments are both table type. So configure it on command-line like so:
:Telescope find_files find_command=rg,--ignore,--hidden,--files prompt_prefix=🔍



How to change some defaults in built-in functions?

All options available from the setup function (see Configuration options and some other functions can be easily changed in custom pickers or built-in functions.

-- Disable preview for find_files
nnoremap <leader>ff :lua require('telescope.builtin').find_files({previewer = false})<cr>

-- Change prompt prefix for find_files builtin function:
nnoremap <leader>fg :lua require('telescope.builtin').live_grep({ prompt_prefix=🔍 })<cr>
nnoremap <leader>fg :Telescope live_grep prompt_prefix=🔍<cr>

How to change Telescope Highlights group?

There are 10 highlight groups you can play around with in order to meet your needs:

highlight TelescopeSelection      guifg=#D79921 gui=bold " Selected item
highlight TelescopeSelectionCaret guifg=#CC241D          " Selection caret
highlight TelescopeMultiSelection guifg=#928374          " Multisections
highlight TelescopeNormal         guibg=#00000           " Floating windows created by telescope

" Border highlight groups
highlight TelescopeBorder         guifg=#ffffff
highlight TelescopePromptBorder   guifg=#ffffff
highlight TelescopeResultsBorder  guifg=#ffffff
highlight TelescopePreviewBorder  guifg=#ffffff

" Highlight characters your input matches
highlight TelescopeMatching       guifg=blue

" Color the prompt prefix
highlight TelescopePromptPrefix   guifg=red

To checkout the default values of the highlight groups, check out plugin/telescope.vim

How to add autocmds to telescope prompt ?

TelescopePrompt is the prompt Filetype. You can customize the Filetype as you would normally.


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