Configuration

Amp uses a YAML file to define preferences that sit in a platform-dependent configuration folder. The easiest way to edit these is to use the built-in preferences::edit command, which can be run in command mode. There's a corresponding reload command, too, if you persist any changes.

Tip

If you want to version this file, the aforementioned edit command will display the full path at the bottom of the screen once the preferences have been loaded into a new buffer for editing.

General Options

Theme

theme: solarized_dark

Used to specify the default theme. Values can be located through Amp's theme mode.

Tip

You can configure the current theme without making a permanent configuration change. Hit t to pick a theme that'll only last until you close the editor. It's handy for temporarily changing to a lighter theme when working outdoors, or vice-versa.

Tab Width

tab_width: 2

Determines the visual width of tab characters, and when soft_tabs is true, determines the number of spaces to insert when a soft tab is inserted.

Soft Tabs

soft_tabs: true

This setting configures the type of tabs used in insert mode. See: the infamous tabs vs. spaces debate.

Line Length Guide

line_length_guide: 80

When set to a positive integer, this renders a background vertical line at the specified offset, to guide line length. When set to false, the guide is hidden.

Line Wrapping

line_wrapping: true

When set to true, lines extending beyond the visible region are wrapped to the line below.

File Format-Specific Options

The tab_width and soft_tabs options can be configured on a per-extension basis:

types:
  rs:
    tab_width: 4
    soft_tabs: true
  go:
    tab_width: 8
    soft_tabs: false

For setting options for common files without extensions, use a file name:

types:
  Makefile:
    tab_width: 4
    soft_tabs: false

Key Bindings

In Amp, key bindings are simple key/command associations, scoped to a specific mode. You can define custom key bindings by defining a keymap in your preferences file:

keymap:
  normal:
    j: "cursor::move_down"

Tip

Wondering where to find command names? You can view the full list in a new buffer by running application::display_available_commands using command mode. You can also view Amp's default key bindings by running application::display_default_keymap.

Modifiers

Amp supports qualifying key bindings with a ctrl modifier:

keymap:
  normal:
    ctrl-s: "buffer::save"

Wildcards

You can also use wildcards in key bindings:

keymap:
  normal:
    _: "buffer::insert_char"

More specific key bindings will override wildcard values, making them useful as a fallback value:

   ...
    _: "buffer::insert_char"
    s: "buffer::save"

Multiple Commands

You can also pass a collection of commands to run. Amp will run all of the commands in order, stopping if/when any errors occur:

keymap:
  normal:
    v:
      - "application::switch_to_select_mode"
      - "application::switch_to_jump_mode"

Tip

It may not be readily apparent, but chaining commands like this is powerful. A significant portion of Amp's functionality is built by composing multiple commands into larger, more complex ones.

Format/Language Support

Most popular formats/languages have syntax highlighting and symbol support out of the box. If you're editing a file that doesn't, you can extend the built-in set with a custom syntax definition. Amp uses Sublime Text's .sublime-syntax files, which can be placed in Amp's syntaxes configuration subdirectory.

Tip

If you're not sure where to look, run the preferences::edit command. The preferences will load into a new buffer for editing, and its path will be shown at the bottom of the screen; the syntaxes subdirectory is in the same directory as that file.

Themes

Amp includes Solarized dark and light themes by default. You can extend the built-in set with custom themes of your own. Amp uses Text Mate's .tmTheme format, many of which can be found here. They should be placed in Amp's themes configuration subdirectory.

Tip

If you're not sure where to look, run the preferences::edit command. The preferences will load into a new buffer for editing, and its path will be shown at the bottom of the screen; the themes subdirectory is in the same directory as that file.

Open Mode

Excluding Files/Directories

Using Unix shell-style glob patterns, Amp's file finder can be configured to exclude files and directories:

open_mode:
  exclusions:
    - "**/.git"
    - "**/.svn"

You can also opt out of exclusions altogether by setting the value to false:

open_mode:
  exclusions: false

Miscellaneous

Search/Select Results

The UI component used in open mode (and command mode, symbol jump mode, etc.) is referred to as search/select, internally. You can configure the number of results shown for any mode that uses this component:

search_select:
  max_results: 5