To install this package, run in Emacs:
M-x package-install RET corfu RET
#+title: corfu.el - Completion Overlay Region FUnction #+author: Daniel Mendler #+language: en #+export_file_name: corfu.texi #+texinfo_dir_category: Emacs #+texinfo_dir_title: Corfu: (corfu). #+texinfo_dir_desc: Completion Overlay Region FUnction * Introduction Corfu enhances the default completion in region function with a completion overlay. The current candidates are shown in a popup below or above the point. Corfu can be considered the minimalistic ~completion-in-region~ counterpart of the [[https://github.com/minad/vertico][Vertico]] minibuffer UI. Icomplete implements both completion-in-region and minibuffer completion in a single package. While Corfu and Vertico are technically similar to Icomplete, Corfu and Vertico are two separate packages in order to optimize the UI for the two distinct use cases, also leading to code bases which are easier to understand. Corfu is a minimal package (~600 lines of code without whitespace and comments). In contrast to the featureful and complex Company package, Corfu concentrates on the completion UI and does not include custom completion backends. Completions are either provided by commands like ~dabbrev-completion~ or by pluggable backends (~completion-at-point-functions~, Capfs). Many programming language major modes implement a Capf. Furthermore the language server packages, [[https://github.com/joaotavora/eglot][Eglot]] and [[https://github.com/emacs-lsp/lsp-mode][Lsp-mode]], both use Capfs which talk to the LSP server to retrieve the completions. [[https://github.com/minad/corfu/blob/main/screenshot.png?raw=true]] * Features - Popup display with scrollbar indicator and arrow key navigation - The popup must be summoned explicitly by pressing =TAB= - The current candidate is inserted with =TAB= and selected with =RET= - Candidates sorting by prefix, string length and alphabetically - Completion is automatically terminated after candidate selection - Filter string can contain arbitrary characters and spaces (needed when filtering with the [[https://github.com/oantolin/orderless][Orderless]] completion style) - Deferred completion style highlighting for performance - Jumping to location/documentation of current candidate (Company extension) - Support for ~annotation-function~ and ~affixation-function~ Notable non-feature: Timer-based idle completions are not supported. * Configuration Corfu is available from [[http://elpa.gnu.org/packages/corfu.html][GNU ELPA]], such that it can be installed directly via ~package-install~. After installation, the local minor mode can be enabled with =M-x corfu-mode=. In order to configure Corfu and other packages in your init.el, you may want to use ~use-package~. I recommend to give Orderless completion a try, which is different from the familiar prefix TAB completion. However Corfu works well with the default completion styles, the use of Orderless is not a necessity. Here is an example configuration: #+begin_src emacs-lisp ;; Configure corfu (use-package corfu ;; Optionally use TAB for cycling, default is `corfu-complete'. ;; :bind (:map corfu-map ;; ("TAB" . corfu-next) ;; ("S-TAB" . corfu-previous)) ;; You may want to enable Corfu only for certain modes. ;; :hook ((prog-mode . corfu-mode) ;; (shell-mode . corfu-mode) ;; (eshell-mode . corfu-mode)) :config ;; Recommended: Enable Corfu globally. ;; This is recommended since dabbrev can be used globally (M-/). (corfu-global-mode) ;; Optionally enable cycling for `corfu-next' and `corfu-previous'. ;; (setq corfu-cycle t) ) ;; Optionally use the `orderless' completion style. ;; Enable `partial-completion' for files to allow path expansion. ;; You may prefer to use `initials' instead of `partial-completion'. (use-package orderless :init (setq completion-styles '(orderless) completion-category-defaults nil completion-category-overrides '((file (styles . (partial-completion)))))) ;; Dabbrev works with Corfu (use-package dabbrev ;; Swap M-/ and C-M-/ :bind (("M-/" . dabbrev-completion) ("C-M-/" . dabbrev-expand))) ;; A few more useful configurations... (use-package emacs :init ;; TAB cycle if there are only few candidates (setq completion-cycle-threshold 3) ;; Enable indentation+completion using the TAB key. ;; `completion-at-point' is often bound to M-TAB. (setq tab-always-indent 'complete)) #+end_src * Key bindings Corfu uses a transient keymap ~corfu-map~ which is active while the popup is shown. The keymap defines the following remappings and bindings: - ~beginning-of-buffer~ -> ~corfu-first~ - ~end-of-buffer~ -> ~corfu-last~ - ~scroll-down-command~ -> ~corfu-scroll-down~ - ~scroll-up-command~ -> ~corfu-scroll-up~ - ~next-line~, =down=, =M-n= -> ~corfu-next~ - ~previous-line~, =up=, =M-p= -> ~corfu-previous~ - ~completion-at-point~, =TAB= -> ~corfu-complete~ - =RET= -> ~corfu-insert~ - =M-g= -> ~corfu-show-location~ - =M-h= -> ~corfu-show-documentation~ - =C-g=, =ESC ESC ESC= -> ~corfu-abort~ * Complementary packages Corfu works well together with all packages providing code completion via the ~completion-at-point-functions~. Furthermore it supports various completion styles, including the advanced [[https://github.com/oantolin/orderless][Orderless]] completion style, where the filtering expressions are separated by spaces. You may also want to look into my [[https://github.com/minad/vertico][Vertico]] package. Vertico is the minibuffer counterpart of Corfu. * Caveats This package is experimental and new. There are a few known technical caveats. - The package does not work in text mode since it uses child frames. - The abort handling could be improved, for example the input could be undone. - The ~completion-in-region-mode-predicate~ is ignored in order to give the completion style full control. The predicate asks the backend if the starting point of the completion has changed. - Company kind icons and metadata are not supported (~company-kind~, ~company-docsig~) - No support for multi-backends like Company (Implement a multi-capf?). - No sorting by history, since ~completion-at-point~ does not maintain a history (See branch =history= for a possible solution). * Contributions Since this package is part of GNU ELPA, contributions require copyright assignment to the FSF.