Setting up Clang_complete plugin into Linux Mint/Vim

Setting up the Clang_complete plugin everytime I create a fresh Linux installation is a pain in the back, even do I’ve written an instructables for my self. So this is the newest instructables right away I’ve made it work and before I forget the steps I followed.

1 Install the Clang compiler and friends.

sudo apt-get install clang libclang-dev

2 Make a soft link from to libclang-x.y-so.1, where x.y is the library’s release.

In my case, as in august 2016, it’s 3.8, so:

cd /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/

sudo ln -s libclang-3.8-so.1

3 Install the clang_complete plugin.

I’m using pathogen to manage my plugins, so inside the bundle directory download the plugin:

git clone

Then enter into the newest directory and type (doesn’t need to be the root user):

make install

4 Finally, show to VIM where the Clang library is.

In your .vimrc file add these lines:

let g:clang_library_path = '/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu'
let g:clang_c_options = '-std=gnu11'
let g:clang_cpp_options = '-std=c++11 -stdlib=libc++'
let g:clang_complete = 1 "automatically selects the first entry in the popup menu
let g:clang_snippets = 1 "do some snippets magic on code placehorlders like funcion argument, template parameters, etc.
let g:clang_close_preview = 1

Among all those lines the most important one is:

let g:clang_library_path = '/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu'

5 Cross your fingers and test it!




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