I use Spacemacs, and I often use SPC b b to list buffers so that I can kill the buffers I no longer want. Unfortunately, this process takes a while because I have to repeatedly press SPC b b, navigate to a buffer I want to kill, open it, and then hit SPC b d.

I was looking for something that allows me to open up a list of buffers, in a new buffer, and quickly navigate through them and delete them easily. Kind of like Dired (in Evil mode), which allows you to use j and k to navigate through the list of files and D to delete a file.

Does something like this currently exist in Spacemacs, or in some well-known package?

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What you want is built-in to emacs. Put (require 'ibuffer) in your config file, then bind a key to 'ibuffer:

(global-set-key "\C-x\C-b" 'ibuffer)

Be sure to check out its help documentation. It has a lot of features.

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    list-buffers (bound to C-x C-b in vanilla emacs) also is a possible choice.
    – JeanPierre
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 21:08

As mentioned, Ibuffer (ibuffer) and Buffer Menu (buffer-menu) are the closest to a Dired-like interface. But you can also list and act on multiple buffers using just completion.

With Icicles, commands that show you buffer names for completion let you use S-<delete> on any number of them to kill those buffer.

Similarly, C-x k (icicle-kill-buffer, in Icicle mode) lets you kill any number of buffers during the same command.



From HELM Mini (SPC b b), you can do C-c d to kill a buffer without exiting HELM Mini.

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    You can also mark a buffer with C-SPC, so you can mark multiple buffers in the Helm Mini-buffer and then delete them all. This is all built into 'vanilla' spacemacs with helm.
    – mclear
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 4:22
  • @mclear after marking the buffers with C-SPC, how do I kill them?
    – sid-kap
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 22:44
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    I use Shift-option-D. If you're not on OS X it might be Shift-command-D
    – mclear
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 1:40

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