FakeVim Modes and Commands

In the FakeVim mode, most keystrokes in the main editor are intercepted and interpreted in a way that resembles Vim. Most of the supported commands can be followed by a motion command or executed in visual mode, or they work with registers, or can be prefixed with a number of repetitions.

The following sections describe the commands emulated in the supported modes and how they diverge from Vim in functionality:

  • Normal
  • Visual
  • Command line (:)
  • Insert and replace

For more information about using Vim, see Documentation on the Vim web site.

Normal and Visual Modes

  • Basic movement, such as h/j/k/l, <C-U>, <C-D>, <C-F>, <C-B>, gg, G, 0, ^, $
  • Word movement, such as w, e, b
  • Inner/a movement, such as ciw, 3daw, ya{
  • f and t movement
  • [ and \c ] movement
  • { and } paragraph movement
  • Delete/change/yank/paste with register
  • Undo and redo
  • <C-A> and <C-X> increase or decrease a number in decimal, octal, or hexadecimal format (for example 128<C-A> on or before "0x0ff" changes it to "0x17f")
  • . repeats the last change
  • /search, ?search, *, #, n, N - most of regular expression syntax is used in Vim except that \< and \> are the same as \b in QRegExp
  • @ and q (macro recording and execution) special keys are saved as <S-Left>
  • Marks
  • gv goes to last visual selection; can differ if text is edited around it
  • Indentation using =, <<, >>, with movement, count, and in visual mode
  • to upper/lower, such as ~, gU, gu
  • i, a, o, I, A, and O enter insert mode
  • Scroll window, such as zt, zb, zz
  • Wrap line movement, such as gj, gk, g0, g^, g$

Command-Line Mode

  • :map, :unmap, :inoremap, and so on
  • :source sources vimrc files line-by-line
  • :substitute substitutes an expression in a range
  • :'<,'>!cmd filters through an external command (for example, sorts the lines in a file with :%!sort)
  • :<range>sor[t][!]
  • :.!cmd inserts the standard output of an external command
  • :read
  • :yank, :delete, :change
  • :move, :join
  • :20 goes to an address
  • :history
  • :registers, :display
  • :nohlsearch
  • :undo, :redo
  • :normal
  • :<, :>
  • set formatoptions=, see :h fo-table in the Vim documentation. Currently supported letters: fo-j

Insert Mode

  • <C-O> executes a single command and returns to insert mode
  • <C-V> inserts a raw character
  • <insert> toggles replace mode


Use :set ... to set the options listed in the following table:

Long NameShort NameArguments
backspacebsindent, eol, start
iskeywordiskA combination of the following characters: @, 48-57, _, 192-255, a-z, A-Z

Vimrc Example

" highlight matched
set hlsearch
" case insensitive search
set ignorecase
set smartcase
" search while typing
set incsearch
" wrap-around when searching
set wrapscan
" show pressed keys in lower right corner
set showcmd
" tab -> spaces
set expandtab
set tabstop=4
set shiftwidth=4
" keep a 5 line buffer for the cursor from top/bottom of window
set scrolloff=5
" X11 clipboard
set clipboard=unnamed
" use ~ with movement
set tildeop

" mappings
nnoremap ; :
inoremap jj <Esc>

" clear highlighted search term on space
noremap <silent> <Space> :nohls<CR>

" reselect visual block after indent
vnoremap < <gv
vnoremap > >gv

nnoremap <C-S-J> :m+<CR>==
nnoremap <C-S-K> :m-2<CR>==
inoremap <C-S-J> <Esc>:m+<CR>==gi
inoremap <C-S-K> <Esc>:m-2<CR>==gi
vnoremap <C-S-J> :m'>+<CR>gv=gv
vnoremap <C-S-K> :m-2<CR>gv=gv

See also Edit like in Vim and FakeVim.

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