vim-interestingwords allows you to highlight and navigate through (multiple) different words in a buffer
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What is it?

A plugin that highlights the occurrences of the word under your cursor. It can be used to highlight different words at the same time. It also lets you navigate through the highlighted words just like you would navigate through the results of a search.


Using vundle, add this to your .vimrc:

Plugin 'lfv89/vim-interestingwords'

Then run:



Highlight with <Leader>k

This key will act as a toggle, so you can use it to highlight and remove the highlight from a given word. Note that you can highlight different words at the same time.

Navigate with n and N

With a highlighted word under your cursor, you can navigate through the occurrences of this word with n and N, just as you would if you were using a traditional search.

Clear with <Leader>K

Finally, if you don't want to toggle every single highlighted word and want to clear all of them, just hit <Leader>K


The plugin comes with those default mapping, but you can change it as you like:

nnoremap <silent> <leader>k :call InterestingWords('n')<cr>
nnoremap <silent> <leader>K :call UncolorAllWords()<cr>

nnoremap <silent> n :call WordNavigation('forward')<cr>
nnoremap <silent> N :call WordNavigation('backward')<cr>

Thanks to @gelguy it is now possible to randomise and configure your own colors

To configure the colors for a GUI, add this to your .vimrc:

let g:interestingWordsGUIColors = ['#8CCBEA', '#A4E57E', '#FFDB72', '#FF7272', '#FFB3FF', '#9999FF']

And for a terminal:

let g:interestingWordsTermColors = ['154', '121', '211', '137', '214', '222']

Also, if you want to randomise the colors (applied to each new buffer), add this to your .vimrc:

let g:interestingWordsRandomiseColors = 1


The idea to build this plugin came from the @stevelosh video's where he shows some pretty cool configurations from his .vimrc. He named this configuration interesting words, and I choose to keep the name for this plugin. The video is on youtube:


Feel free to talk to me about anything related to this project.