The Abbreviations function lets you quickly insert code snippets by entering their name in the editor buffer followed by Ctrl+T. Several useful default snippets are included in Komodo. Additional ones can be added easily.

Komodo looks for abbreviations in a special folder in projects and toolboxes called Abbreviations. Within the Abbreviations folder are language specific sub-folders, and a General sub-folder for global snippets.

Abbreviations Folder

Inserting Snippets

To insert a snippet using Abbreviations, enter the name of the snippet in the editor buffer, then enter Ctrl+T (Meta+T on OS X). Komodo searches for a snippet matching the word to the left of the cursor in Abbreviations folders, and replaces the word with the contents of the snippet if it finds one.

For example, to insert the divblock snippet in an HTML file, type:


Enter Ctrl+T to insert the snippet:

    <div id="default">

Many of the default snippets in Komodo use Tab Stops (highlighted above) to make populating the snippet with your content even quicker. After inserting the snippet, the first tab stop is selected, just start typing to insert text in place of the marker. Use the Tab key to cycle through subsequent markers.

Language-Specific Search Order

When Ctrl+T is entered, Komodo searches for relevant snippets in the current project, the toolbox, and the shared toolbox (in that order).

Komodo checks the language-specific sub-directory and the General sub-directory in each of these places. For example, if you are editing a Python module, these snippet directories will be checked in this order:

  1. Abbreviations/Python folders in:
  2. Abbreviations/General folders in:

In a multi-language buffer, both the language type of the file and the language type at the current cursor position are included. For example, in a JavaScript block inside a PHP file, the following search order would be used:

  1. Abbreviations/JavaScript folders in:
  2. Abbreviations/PHP folders in:
  3. Abbreviations/General folders in:

This allows you to have snippets with the same names for multiple languages. For example an abbreviation called 'class' abbreviation would insert a different snippet in a Perl file than in a PHP file.

Adding New Abbreviations

To add a new abbreviation to the Toolbox, right-click on the appropriate sub-folder under Samples/Abbreviations and select Add|New Snippet....

To add a new abbreviation to a project, use the steps above after adding the necessary folders (i.e. at least Abbreviations/General) to the project.

As with all project and toolbox items, snippets can be copied, cut and pasted between toolboxes and projects.