I was hoping that I could just type "job.php" and be directed to the job.php in my /lib/model/ folder, but I've mostly just get many other files returned:

[No name]

> batch/dataFixes/jobProspectsSubscriptionId.php
> batch/dataFixes/jobProspectsRankDistance.php
> batch/dataFixes/hiredJobDistanceRankFeedback.php
> batch/sendWeeklyJobOwnersUpdateEmail.php
> batch/dataFixes/backdateJobClosureDailyStats.php
> batch/dataFixes/jobExpectedRevenue.php
> batch/dataFixes/updateJobStats.php
> batch/updateEndedJobState.php
> batch/findUnresponsiveJobPosters.php
> batch/_job_criteria.php

 prt  file  <mru>={ files }=<buf> <->      /Users/shane/Documents/sites/zinc 
>d> job.php_

Switching to 'find in path' mode, and typing lib/model/job.php brings up tonnes of other classes in that folder which have 'job' in the filename, but not job.php.

Job is a pretty common word in our project, but I was hoping that an exact match for the filename would get ranked pretty highly in the results.

Am I using CtrlP wrong, or is the project not really suited to it?

  • Maybe cache? Try to type F5 in CtrlP window.
    – mattn
    Commented Jan 10, 2013 at 2:57

3 Answers 3


Easiest way is to toggle to file name only mode and regex mode, from docs:

Once inside the prompt:

Toggle between full-path search and filename only search.
Note: in filename mode, the prompt's base is >d> instead of >>>

Toggle between the string mode and full regexp mode.
Note: in full regexp mode, the prompt's base is r>> instead of >>>

  • 4
    To set filename-search as your default search mode, add this to your vimrc: let g:ctrlp_by_filename = 1
    – jonS90
    Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 20:14

Add the following to your ~/.vimrc (you may need to create if it does not exist):

let g:ctrlp_regexp = 1

I actually use CtrlP C matching extension ctrlp-cmatcher

Its quite a bit faster, and results are what one would expect (without having to use regex).

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