Vim Keybindings

Use Vim keybindings to edit commands in Warp's input editor.

About Vim keybindings

The Vi family of programs (including Vim and Neovim) are modal text editors that allow for keyboard-driven text editing. Several shells, including bash and zsh, implement vi-style keybindings. Warp's input editor was built natively to support more modern text editing experiences, which means it replaces the shell's editor capabilities. Warp has its implementation of Vim keybindings you can use.

How to enable Vim Keybindings

With bash and zsh, Warp attempts to detect the shell's keybinding settings. If a shell vi mode is detected, Warp may suggest enabling Vim keybindings.

To manually toggle Vim keybindings in Warp's input editor:

  • Through the Command Palette, search for "Vim Keybindings".

  • Through Settings > Features > Editor, toggle "Edit commands with Vim keybindings".

As in bash and zsh's vi mode implementations, the editor starts in insert mode. Pressing CTRL-C or ENTER clears any pending command state.

Customizing Keybindings

At the moment, Warp only supports default Vim keybindings.

One exception is the keyboard shortcut for exiting insert mode, which can be rebound under Settings > Keyboard Shortcuts > Exit Vim Insert Mode, or through the Command Palette search for "Exit Vim Insert Mode".

Supported Keybindings

Below is a list of the vim functionality implemented in Warp so far.


See Vim docs: motion for more information.



h, j, k, l

single-char movement

<space>, <backspace>

single-char movement with line wrap

w, W, b, B, e, E

word movement

ge, gE

end of previous word


end of line


beginning of line


first non-whitespace character of line


jump to matching bracket

[, ]

prev/next unmatched bracket


gg, G

jump to first/last line




replace character under cursor

d, D

delete a range or object

c, C

change a range or object (delete, then go to insert mode)

s, S

substitute (like change, but can only delete at the cursor)

x, X

delete under cursor

y, Y

yank (copy) into the clipboard

p, P

paste from the clipboard

u, ⌃r

undo, redo


toggle upper/lowercase under cursor


lowercase under cursor (u in visual mode)


uppercase under cursor (U in visual mode)


join current and following lines


repeat last edit

See Vim docs: editing for more information.

Text Objects



inner (exclude delimiters in text object)


around (include delimiters in text object)

w, W

whitespace-delimited string (word)

", ', ```

quote-delimited string

(, {, [

parenthesized/bracketed string

See Vim docs: text objects for more information.


t, T, f, F

find next/prev matching character on line


repeat last character search in the same direction


repeat last character search in the opposite direction

See Vim docs: left-right motions for more information.

Unlike Vim, general search commands don't search within the buffer. Instead, they open Warp's native command search.


/, ?, *, #

open Warp command search

Mode Switching



insert text before the cursor


insert text before the first non-whitespace character in the line


append text after the cursor


append text at the end of the line


begin new line below the cursor and insert text


begin new line above the cursor and insert text


visual character mode


visual line mode

See Vim docs: insert and Vim docs: visual mode for more information.




register prefix

Warp currently supports the following registers:

Register nameDescription

az, AZ

named registers


system clipboard


system clipboard


unnamed register, containing the text of the last delete or yank

See Vim docs: registers for more information.


The best way to report bugs and request features is through Warp's GitHub Issues page. Please note that the issue or request is for Vim Keybindings.

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