Vim Cheat Sheet

A useful collection of Vim 8.2 quick reference cheat sheets to help you learn vim editor faster.

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Remove duplicate lines

:sort | %!uniq -u

To number the lines in the file

:%!cat -n

Copy whole doc to clipboard

:%w !pbcopy            # Mac OS X
:%w !xclip -i -sel c   # GNU/Linux
:%w !xsel -i -b        # GNU/Linux

Command line

Shortcut Description
<C-r><C-w> Insert current word into the command line
<C-r>" Paste from " register
<C-x><C-f> Auto-completion of path in insert mode


- -
:!<shell> Interpret Shell Command
:r!<shell> Read in output of shell
:r!date Insert date
:!!date Replace current line with date


Shortcut Description
<C-r> = 7*7 Shows the result
<C-r> = 10/2 Shows the result
Do this in INSERT mode


Shortcut Description
`^ Last position of cursor in insert mode
`. Last change in current buffer
`" Last exited current buffer
`0 In last file edited
'' Back to line in current buffer where jumped from
```` Back to position in current buffer where jumped from
`[ To beginning of previously changed or yanked text
`] To end of previously changed or yanked text
`< To beginning of last visual selection
`> To end of last visual selection
ma Mark this cursor position as a
`a Jump to the cursor position a
'a Jump to the beginning of the line with position a
d'a Delete from current line to line of mark a
da| Delete from current position to position of marka`
c'a Change text from current line to line of a
ya| Yank text from current position to position ofa`
:marks List all current marks
:delm a Delete mark a
:delm a-d Delete marks a, b, c, d
:delm abc Delete marks a, b, c


- -
:ce 8 Center lines between 8 columns
:ri 4 Right-align lines at 4 columns
:le Left-align lines
See :help formatting


Shortcut Description
:tag Classname Jump to first definition of Classname
<C-]> Jump to definition
g] See all definitions
<C-t> Go back to last tag
<C-o> <C-i> Back/forward
:tselect Classname Find definitions of Classname
:tjump Classname Find definitions of Classname (auto-select 1st)


Shortcut Description
<C-a> Increase number
<C-x> Decrease number


Shortcut Description
% Nearest/matching {[()]}
[( * * [{
]) * * ]{
[m Previous method start
[M Previous method end

Misc command-lines

- -
:h Help open help view
:edit! Reload current file
:2,8m0 Move lines 2-8 to 0
:noh Clear search highlights
:sort Sort lines
:ter Open a terminal window
:set paste Enable Insert Paste sub-mode
:set nopaste disable Insert Paste sub-mode
:cq Exiting with an error(aborting Git)


Shortcut Description
vU Uppercase character
vu Lowercase character
~ Toggle case character
viw U Uppercase word
viw u Lowercase word
viw ~ Toggle case word
VU / gUU Uppercase line
Vu / guu Lowercase line
V~ / g~~ Toggle case line
gggUG Uppercase all text
ggguG Lowercase all text
ggg~G Toggle case all text



Shortcut Description
]c Next difference
[c Previous difference


Shortcut Description
zo / zO Open
zc / zC Close
za / zA Toggle
zv Open folds for this line
zM Close all
zR Open all
zm Fold more (foldlevel += 1)
zr Fold less (foldlevel -= 1)
zx Update folds


:[range]diffget [bufspec]
:[range]diffput [bufspec]

Shortcut Description
do / :diffget Obtain (get) difference
dp / :diffput Put difference
:dif Re-scan differences
:diffo Switch off diff mode
:1,$+1diffget Get all differences
ZQ Quit without changes
See: Ranges

Vim Search and Replace

Substitute expression (magic)

- -
& * * \0
\1\9 Replace with the group 0-9
\u Uppercase next letter
\U Uppercase following characters
\l Lowercase next letter
\L Lowercase following characters
\e End of \u, \U, \l and \L
\E End of \u, \U, \l and \L


- -
g Replace all occurrences
i Ignore case
I Don't ignore case
c Confirm each substitution

Inverse :g


:v/foo/d Delete lines not containing foo(also :g!/foo/d)

Global command


:g/foo/d Delete lines containing foo
:g!/foo/d Delete lines not containing foo
:g/^\s*$/d Delete all blank lines
:g/foo/t$ Copy lines containing foo to EOF
:g/foo/m$ Move lines containing foo to EOF
:g/^/m0 Reverse a file
:g/^/t. Duplicate every line


- -
% Entire file
’<,’> Current selection
5 Line 5
5,10 Lines 5 to 10
$ Last line
2,$ Lines 2 to Last
. Current line
,3 Next 3 lines
-3, Forward 3 lines

Replace FILE


:%s/old/new Replace first
:%s/old/new/g Replace all
:%s/old/new/gc Replace all (Confirm)
:%s/old/new/gi Replace all (ignore case)
:%s/\vold/new/g Replace all with regex

Replace LINE


:s/old/new Replace first
:s/old/new/g Replace all
:s/\vold/new/g Replace all with regex
:s/old/new/gc replace all (Confirm)
:s/old/new/i Ignore case replace first
:2,6s/old/new/g Replace between lines 2-6


- -
/foo Search forward
/foo\c Search forward (case insensitive)
?foo Search backward
/\v\d+ Search with regex
n Next matching search pattern
N Previous match
* Search for current word forward
# Search for current word backward

Vim Multiple files


Shortcut Description
:tabe [file] Edit file in a new tab
:tabf [file] Open if exists in new tab
:tabc Close current tab
:tabo Close other tabs
:tabs List all tabs
:tabr Go to first tab
:tabl Go to last tab
:tabm 0 Move to position 0
:tabn Go to next tab
:tabp Go to previous tab

#Normal mode

Shortcut Description
gt Go to next tab
gT Go to previous tab
2gt Go to tab number 2


- -
<C-w> s Split window
<C-w> v Split window vertically
<C-w> w Switch windows
<C-w> q Quit a window
<C-w> T Break out into a new tab
<C-w> x Swap current with next
<C-w> - / + Decrease/Increase height
<C-w> < / > Decrease/Increase width
<C-w> | Max out the width
<C-w> = Equally high and wide
<C-w> h / l Go to the left/right window
<C-w> j / k Go to the up/down window


- -
:e file Edit a file in a new buffer
:bn Go to the next buffer
:bp Go to the previous buffer
:bd Remove file from buffer list
:b 5 Open buffer #5
:b file Go to a buffer by file
:ls List all open buffers
:sp file Open and split window
:vs file Open and vertically split window
:hid Hide this buffer
:wn Write file and move to next
:tab ba Edit all buffers as tabs

Vim Text objects


Shortcut Description
ciw Change inner word
ci" Change inner quotes
cit Change inner tags (HTML)
cip Change inner paragraph
yip Yank inner paragraph
yap Yank paragraph (including newline)


Shortcut Description
vi" Select inner quotes "..."
va" Select quotes "..."
vi[ Select inner brackets [...]
va[ Select brackets [...]
viw Select inner word
vip Select inner paragraph
vipip Select more paragraph


Shortcut Description
diw Delete inner word
dis Delete inner sentence
di" Delete in quotes
da" Delete in quotes (including quotes)
dip Delete a paragraph

Text objects

Shortcut Description
p Paragraph
w Word
W WORD (surrounded by whitespace)
s Sentence
[ ( { < A [], (), or {} block
] ) } > A [], (), or {} block
' " ` A quoted string
b A block [(
B A block in [{
t A HTML tag block
See :help text-objects

Vim Operators


[count] <operator> <motion>
<operator> [count] <motion>

Combination Description
2dd Delete 2 lines
6yy Copy 6 lines
d3w Delete 3 words
d5j Delete 5 lines downwards
>4k Indent 4 lines upwards


Combination Description
dd Delete current line
dj Delete two lines
dw Delete to next word
db Delete to beginning of word
dfa Delete until a char
d/hello Delete until hello
cc Change current line, synonym with S
yy Copy current line
>j Indent 2 lines
ggdG Delete a complete document
gg=G Indent a complete document
ggyG Copy a whole document

Available Operators

Shortcut Description
d Delete
y Yank (copy)
c Change (delete then insert)
p Paste
= Formats code
g~ Toggle case
gU Uppercase
gu Lowercase
> Indent right
< Indent left
! Filter through external program


Shortcut Description
d w
Operator Motion
Combine operators with motions to use them

Getting Started


- -
qi Record macro i
q Stop recording macro
@i Run macro i
7@i Run macro i 7 times
@@ Repeat last macro
You can save macro for any letters not just i

Visual mode

Shortcut Description
v Enter visual mode
V Enter visual line mode
<C-v> Enter visual block mode
ggVG Select all text
> / < Shift text right/left


Shortcut Description
. Repeat last command
; Repeat latest f, t, F or T
, Repeat latest f, t, F or T reversed
& Repeat last :s
@: Repeat a command-line command

Cut and paste

Shortcut Description
x Delete character (Cut)
p / P Paste after/before
xp Swap two characters
D Delete to end of line (Cut)
dw Delete word (Cut)
dd Delete line (Cut)
ddp Swap two lines
yy Yank line (Copy)
"*p * * "+p
"*y * * "+y

#In visual mode

Shortcut Description
d * * x
s Replace selection
y Yank selection (Copy)

Normal Mode

Shortcut Description
r Replace one character
R Enter Replace mode
u / 3u Undo changes 1 / 3 times
U Undo changes on one line
J Join with next line
<C-r> / 5 <C-r> Redo changes 1 / 5 times

Saving and Exiting

Shortcut Description
:w Save
:q Close file
:wq * * :x *
:wqa Save and quit all files
:q! * * ZQ
:qa Close all files
:qa! Force quit all files
:w now.txt Write to now.txt
:sav new.txt Save and edit new.txt
:w !sudo tee % Write to readonly file

Insert Mode

Shortcut Description
i / a Insert before/after cursor
I / A Insert start/end of line
o / O (letter) Insert new line below/above
s / S Delete char/line and insert
C / cc Change to end of/current line
gi Insert at last insert point
Esc * * <C-[>


Shortcut Description
h * * j *
<C-u> / <C-d> Half-page up/down
<C-b> / <C-f> Page up/down


Shortcut Description
b / w Previous/Next word
ge / e Previous/Next end of word


Shortcut Description
0 (zero) / $ Start/End of line
^ Start of line (non-blank)


Shortcut Description
Fe / fe Move to previous/next e
To / to Move before/after previous/next o
| / n| Go to first/nth column


Shortcut Description
gg / G First/Last line
:n * * nG
} / { Next/Previous empty line


Shortcut Description
H / M / L Top/Middle/Bottom screen
zt / zz / zb Top/Center/Bottom this line

Motion Diagrams

▼/▶ Cursor   ▽/▷ Target

#Left-right motions

┌───────────── |      
├───────────── 0      $ ──────────────┐ 
│  ┌────────── ^      fe ────────┐    │
│  │  ┌─────── Fo     te ───────┐│    │
│  │  │┌────── To     30| ───┐  ││    │
│  │  ││ ┌──── ge     w ───┐ │  ││    │
│  │  ││ │ ┌── b      e ─┐ │ │  ││    │
│  │  ││ │ │  ┌h      l┐ │ │ │  ││    │
▽  ▽  ▽▽ ▽ ▽  ▽▼      ▼▽ ▽ ▽ ▽  ▽▽    ▽
   echo "A cheatsheet from"

#Up-down motions

                 - SCREEN 1 START
   ┌─┬─────────▷ #!/usr/bin/python
   │ │     ┌───▷     
   │ │     │     print("Hello")
   │ │     { } ▶ print("Vim")
   │ │       │   print("!")
   │ │       └─▷    
   │ │ ┌───┬───▷ print("Welcome")
G gg H M L k j ▶ print("to")
│        │   └─▷ print("")
│        │       print("/vim")
│        │     
│        └─────▷ 
│                - SCREEN 1 END
└──────────────▷ print("SCREEN 2")