Some time saving commands of vim

Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set.  Since the 1970’s, Vi and Vim are popular amongst developers and are present on most UNIX-based servers.

Vim Editor


I'm showing you some good shorthand codes of vim it will charge your coding speed.

Some Basics Vim:

:e filename Open filename for edition
:w Save file
:q Exit Vim
:q! Quit without saving
:x Write file (if changes has been made) and exit
:sav filename Saves file as filename
. Repeats the last change made in normal mode
5. Repeats 5 times the last change made in normal mode

Some Moving file operations:

k or Up Arrow move the cursor up one line
j or Down Arrow move the cursor down one line
e move the cursor to the end of the word
b move the cursor to the begining of the word
0 move the cursor to the begining of the line
G move the cursor to the end of the file
gg move the cursor to the begining of the file
L move the cursor to the bottom of the screen
:59 move cursor to line 59. Replace 59 by the desired line number.
20| move cursor to column 20.
% Move cursor to matching parenthesis
[[ Jump to function start
[{ Jump to block start

Some Cut Copy Commands:

dd Cut current line
yw Yank word
y Copy the selected text to clipboard
yy Copy current line
y$ Copy to end of line
p Paste clipboard contents
D Cut to end of line

Some Search cheat sheet:

/word Search word from top to bottom
?word Search word from bottom to top
* Search the word under cursor
/\< ¦.\> Search all words of 4 letters
/\cstring Search STRING or string, case insensitive
/jo[ha]n Search john or joan
/\< the Search the, theatre or then
/\< the\> Search the
/\<\d\d\d\d\> Search exactly 4 digits
/^\n\{3} Find 3 empty lines
/the\> Search the or breathe
/\/ Search fred but not alfred or frederick
/fred\|joe Search fred or joe
:bufdo /searchstr/ Search in all open files
bufdo %s/something/somethingelse/g Search something in all the open buffers and replace it with somethingelse

Replace Commands :

:%s/old/new/g Replace all occurences of old by new in file
:%s/onward/forward/gi Replace onward by forward, case unsensitive
:%s/old/new/gc Replace all occurences with confirmation
:%s/onward/forward/gi Replace onward by forward, case unsensitive
:%s/ *$//g Delete all white spaces
:2,35s/old/new/g Replace all occurences between lines 2 and 35
:5,$s/old/new/g Replace all occurences from line 5 to EOF
:%s/^/hello/g Replace the begining of each line by hello
:%s/$/Harry/g Replace the end of each line by Harry
:%s/\r/\r/g Transform DOS carriage returns in returns
:%s#<[^>]\+>##g Delete HTML tags but keeps text
:g/string/d Delete all lines containing string
:v/string/d Delete all lines containing which didn’t contain string
:s/Bill/Steve/ Replace the first occurence of Bill by Steve in current line
:s/Bill/Steve/g Replace Bill by Steve in current line
:%s/^\(.*\)\n\1$/\1/ Delete lines which appears twice
Ctrl+a Increment number under the cursor
:%s/Bill/Steve/g Replace Bill by Steve in all the file
:%s/^M//g Delete DOS carriage returns (^M)
Ctrl+x Decrement number under cursor
ggVGg? Change text to Rot13

Read Write cheat:

:r infile Insert the content of infile
:1,10 w outfile Saves lines 1 to 10 in outfile
:1,10 w >> outfile Appends lines 1 to 10 to outfile
:23r infile Insert the content of infile under line 23

Explorer file:

:browse e Graphical file explorer
:ls List buffers
:e . Open integrated file explorer
:cd .. Move to parent directory
:args List files
:Sex Split window and open integrated file explorer
:Sex! Same as :Sex but split window vertically
:args *.php Open file list
:grep expression *.php Returns a list of .php files contening expression
gf Open file name under cursor

Syntax highlighting :


:syntax off Turn off syntax highlighting
:syntax on Turn on syntax highlighting
:set syntax=perl Force syntax highlighting

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