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A Personal Wiki For Vim Plugin

This is a mirror of

Screenshots are available on There are also zipped vimwiki files there in case you do not like vimball archives.


Make sure you have these settings in your vimrc file:

set nocompatible
filetype plugin on
syntax on

Without them Vimwiki will not work properly.


Vimwiki is a personal wiki for Vim -- a number of linked text files that have their own syntax highlighting.

With vimwiki you can:

  • organize notes and ideas;
  • manage todo-lists;
  • write documentation.

To do a quick start press ww (this is usually \ww) to go to your index wiki file. By default it is located in: ~/vimwiki/

Feed it with the following example:

= My knowledge base =
    * Tasks -- things to be done _yesterday_!!!
    * Project Gutenberg -- good books are power.
    * Scratchpad -- various temporary stuff.

Place your cursor on 'Tasks' and press Enter to create a link. Once pressed, 'Tasks' will become '[[Tasks]]' -- a vimwiki link. Press Enter again to open it. Edit the file, save it, and then press Backspace to jump back to your index.

A vimwiki link can be constructed from more than one word. Just visually select the words to be linked and press Enter. Try it with 'Project Gutenberg'. The result should look something like:

= My knowledge base =
    * [[Tasks]] -- things to be done _yesterday_!!!
    * [[Project Gutenberg]] -- good books are power.
    * Scratchpad -- various temporary stuff.

For the various options see :h vimwiki-options.

Basic Markup

see :h vimwiki-syntax

*bold* -- bold 
_italic_ -- italic 

[[wiki link]] -- link with spaces
[[wiki link|description]] -- link with description


* bullet list item 1
    - bullet list item 2
    - bullet list item 3
        * bullet list item 4
        * bullet list item 5
* bullet list item 6
* bullet list item 7
    - bullet list item 8
    - bullet list item 9

# numbered list item 1
# numbered list item 2
    # numbered list item 3
    # numbered list item 4

= Header1 =
== Header2 ==
=== Header3 ===

Key bindings

see :h vimwiki-mappings

normal mode:

  • <Leader>ww -- Open default wiki index file.
  • <Leader>wt -- Open default wiki index file in a new tab.
  • <Leader>ws -- Select and open wiki index file.
  • <Leader>wd -- Delete wiki file you are in.
  • <Leader>wr -- Rename wiki file you are in.
  • <Enter> -- Folow/Create wiki link
  • <Shift-Enter> -- Split and folow/create wiki link
  • <Ctrl-Enter> -- Vertical split and folow/create wiki link
  • <Backspace> -- Go back to parent(previous) wiki link
  • <Tab> -- Find next wiki link
  • <Shift-Tab> -- Find previous wiki link


  • :Vimwiki2HTML -- Convert current wiki link to HTML
  • :VimwikiAll2HTML -- Convert all your wiki links to HTML
  • :help vimwiki-commands -- list all commands

Install details

Using pathogen (

cd ~/.vim
mkdir bundle
cd bundle
git clone git://

Then launch vim and run :help vimwiki to verify it was installed.