HyperSnips is a snippet engine for vscode heavily inspired by vim's
To use HyperSnips you create
.hsnips files on a directory which depends on your platform:
Or alternatively, you can open this directory by running the command
HyperSnips: Open snippets directory.
Additionally, you can create an
all.hsnips file for snippets that should be available on all languages.
A snippets file is a file with the
.hsnips extension, the file is composed of two types of blocks:
global blocks and snippet blocks.
in the current file. They are defined with the
global keyword, as follows:
Snippet blocks are snippet definitions. They are defined with the
snippet keyword, as follows:
snippet trigger "description" flags
trigger field is required and the fields
flags are optional.
A trigger can be any sequence of characters which does not contain a space, or a regular expression
surrounded by backticks (
The flags field is a sequence of characters which modify the behavior of the snippet, the available
flags are the following:
A: Automatic snippet expansion - Usually snippets are activated when the
tab key is pressed,
A flag snippets will activate as soon as their trigger matches, it is specially useful
for regex snippets.
i: In-word expansion* - By default, a snippet trigger will only match when the trigger is
preceded by whitespace characters. A snippet with this option is triggered regardless of the
preceding character, for example, a snippet can be triggered in the middle of a word.
w: Word boundary* - With this option the snippet trigger will match when the trigger is a word
boundary character. Use this option, for example, to permit expansion where the trigger follows
punctuation without expanding suffixes of larger words.
b: Beginning of line expansion* - A snippet with this option is expanded only if the
tab trigger is the first word on the line. In other words, if only whitespace precedes the tab
M: Multi-line mode - By default, regex matches will only match content on the current line, when
this option is enabled the last
hsnips.multiLineContext lines will be available for matching.
*: This flag will only affect snippets which have non-regex triggers.
The body is the text that will replace the trigger when the snippet is expanded, as in usual
snippets, the tab stops
$2, etc. are available.
inside your snippet delimited by two backticks (
``) that will run when the snippet is expanded,
and every time the text in one of the tab stops is changed.
Inside the code interpolation, you have access to a few special variables:
rv: The return value of your code block, the value of this variable will replace the code block
when the snippet is expanded.
t: An array containing the text within the tab stops, in the same order as the tab stops are
defined in the snippet block. You can use it to dynamically change the snippet content.
m: An array containing the match groups of your regular expression trigger, or an empty array if
the trigger is not a regular expression.
w: A URI string of the currently opened workspace, or an empty string if no workspace is open.
path: A URI string of the current document. (untitled documents have the scheme
Additionally, every variable defined in one code block will be available in all the subsequent code
blocks in the snippet.
require function can also be used to import NodeJS modules.
- Simple snippet which greets you with the current date and time
snippet dategreeting "Gives you the current date!"
Hello from your hsnip at ``rv = new Date().toDateString()``!
- Box snippet as shown in the gif above
snippet box "Box" A
``rv = '┌' + '─'.repeat(t.length + 2) + '┐'``
│ $1 │
``rv = '└' + '─'.repeat(t.length + 2) + '┘'``
- Snippet to insert the current filename
snippet filename "Current Filename"
``rv = require('path').basename(path)``