vim search FAQ: How do I search for text in the vim editor?
There are a few commands you can use to search in the vi or vim editors. The main thing to remember is that the '
/' key lets you search forward in a file, and the '
?' key lets you search backwards in a file for whatever text you are looking for.
vim search/find examples
Here are two quick vim search examples. Assuming you have a file open in the vi editor, and you are in command mode (i.e., you have hit the [Esc] key, and can enter vim commands), you would enter the following slash command to search forward in the file for the string
Alternatively, to search backwards through the file for the string "fred", just use the vim ? operator to search backwards, like this:
For your basic vim search needs, that's all there is to it.Back to top
How to repeat a vim search
To repeat a vim search, you don't need to type the command over again. Just use the letter 'n', which stands for "next":
It will repeat your previous search, either forwards or backwards, depending on whether you used the '/' or '?' for your vim search command.Back to top
Case-insensitive vim search
To make vim search either forward or backward in a case-insensitive manner (i.e., matching "fred", "FRED", "Fred", etc.), issue this vim command before performing your search:
The leading ":" character takes you into vi's "last-line mode", at which point you type
set ignorecase (you'll see those words on the last line of the editor window), and then press the [Enter] key.