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It's annoying to delete and paste parts of a text just to move it up/down or left/right a bit. There is the :m[ove] command but it is quite awkward to use by todays standards. vim-move is a Vim plugin that moves lines and selections in a more visual manner. Out of the box, the following keys are mapped in visual and normal mode:

<A-k>   Move current line/selection up
<A-j>   Move current line/selection down
<A-h>   Move current character/selection left
<A-l>   Move current character/selection right

The mappings can be prefixed with a count, e.g. 5<A-k> will move the selection up by 5 lines.


  • vertical motions
  • horizontal motions
  • automatic indentation
  • undo multiple moves with single :undo

See this short demo for a first impression:

vim-vertical-move demo



vim-move is compatible with all major plugin managers. To install it using Vundle, add

Bundle 'matze/vim-move'

to your .vimrc.


Use g:move_key_modifier to set a custom modifier for key bindings in normal mode. For example,

let g:move_key_modifier = 'C'

which will create the following key bindings:

<C-k>   Move current line/selections up
<C-j>   Move current line/selections down

Use g:move_key_modifier_visualmode to set a custom modifier for key bindings in visual mode. For example,

let g:move_key_modifier_visualmode = 'S'

which will create the following key bindings:

<S-k>   Move currently selected block up
<S-j>   Move currently selected block down

And so on...


Both g:move_key_modifier and g:move_key_modifier_visualmode default to 'A' for backwards compatibility with previous versions of vim-move.

If the default mappings do not work, see the move_normal_option option in the help doc.


This plugin is licensed under MIT license.

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