ctags 0,2,-2

A maintained ctags implementation

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universal-ctags has the objective of continuing the development from what existed in the Sourceforge area. Github exuberant-ctags repository was started by Reza Jelveh and was later moved to the universal-ctags organization.

The goal of the project is preparing and maintaining common/unified working space where people interested in making ctags better can work together.

The latest build and package

If you want to try the latest universal-ctags without building it yourself…


  • Go to https://ci.appveyor.com/project/masatake/ctags/branch/master
    • Click the compiler=msvc_msys2, ARCH=x64, ... (or compiler=msvc_msys2, ARCH=x86, ...) build.
    • View the Artifacts tab and download ctags-XXXXXX-x64.zip (or ctags-XXXXXX-x86.zip). (XXXXXX is a version number or a commit ID.)
    • Add the binary folder to your PATH.
    • If you need PDB files for debugging, download ctags-XXXXXX-x64.pdb.zip (or ctags-XXXXXX-x86.pdb.zip).


See Homebrew Tap for Universal Ctags

How to build and install

To build with Autotools, see docs/autotools.rst for more information. (To build on GNU/Linux, Autotools is your choice.) To build on Windows, see docs/windows.rst for more information. To build on OSX, see docs/osx.rst for more information.


Man page (ctags.1) is generated only in Autotools based building process. In addition rst2man command is needed.

rst2man is part of the python-docutils package on Ubuntu.


You may be interested in how universal-ctags is different from exuberant-ctags. The critical and attractive changes are explained in docs/*.rst. The preformatted version is available on line, http://docs.ctags.io/.

Pull-requests are welcome!

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