Comment/uncomment lines efficiently. Like Nerd Commenter in Vim
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 Add an option to not define keybindings in Emacs mode
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evil-nerd-commenter (v3.2.3)

This program can be used WITHOUT evil-mode!

A Nerd Commenter emulation, help you comment code efficiently. For example, you can press key =,,99j= or 99,ci to comment out 99 lines.

I recommend using it with Evil though Evil is optional.

Tested on Emacs 24.4, 24.5, 25.3


A simple use case on the efficiency

If you want to comment out nine lines. Instead pressing C-space M-9 C-n M-;, now you can press M-9 M-; or =,,9j= or 9,ci.

The point is that you need NOT mark any text to comment line(s)!

So you strike less keys than the original M-x comment-dwim.


It fixes Emacs bug for you

I’ll provide long-term support for ANY language in the future. Here is an example how I work around a bug in autoconf.el.

Perfect integration with org-mode

The code snippet embedded in org file will automatically be detected and correct comment syntax will be used!


evil-nerd-commenter is already uploaded to The best way to install is Emacs package manager.


Please note NO key bindings are setup automatically. You need use following ways to setup key bindings.

Please note v3.2.1 is the last version supporting Emacs 24.3.

Use recommended key bindings

Insert (evilnc-default-hotkeys) into ~/.emacs to use key bindings preset for both evil and non-evil mode. This is recommended way.

Use (evilnc-default-hotkeys t) to use key binding only for non-evil mode if you want to define key bindings in evil-mode by yourself.

Use (evilnc-default-hotkeys nil t) to use key binding only for evil mode if you want to define key bindings in Emacs mode by yourself.

Use evil-leader instead

Install evil-leader according to its README.

Insert following code into you ~/.emacs,

;; Emacs key bindings
(global-set-key (kbd "M-;") 'evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-lines)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c l") 'evilnc-quick-comment-or-uncomment-to-the-line)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c c") 'evilnc-copy-and-comment-lines)
(global-set-key (kbd "C-c p") 'evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-paragraphs)

;; Vim key bindings
(require 'evil-leader)
  "ci" 'evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-lines
  "cl" 'evilnc-quick-comment-or-uncomment-to-the-line
  "ll" 'evilnc-quick-comment-or-uncomment-to-the-line
  "cc" 'evilnc-copy-and-comment-lines
  "cp" 'evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-paragraphs
  "cr" 'comment-or-uncomment-region
  "cv" 'evilnc-toggle-invert-comment-line-by-line
  "."  'evilnc-copy-and-comment-operator
  "\\" 'evilnc-comment-operator ; if you prefer backslash key

Assign key bindings manually

Manual setup is necessary for certain major modes (matlab-mode, for example)

Here is the minimum setup,

(defun matlab-mode-hook-config ()
  (local-set-key (kbd "M-;") 'evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-lines))
(add-hook 'matlab-mode-hook 'matlab-mode-hook-config)


Available commands and hotkeys

Here are available commands which are NOT dependent on evil-mode:

evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-lines (RECOMMENDED)

Comment/uncomment lines. This command supports negative arguments.

The hotkey is “,cl” in evil-mode and “M-;” in all modes. “M” means ALT key.

If a region selected, the region is expand to make sure the region contain whole lines. Then we comment/uncomment the expanded region. NUM is ignored.

If the region is inside of ONE line, we comment/uncomment that region. In this case, CORRECT comment syntax will be used for C++/Java/Javascript.

This may be the only command you need to learn!


comment/uncomment from current line to the user-specified line. You can input the rightest digit(s) to specify the line number if you want to type less.

For example, say current line number is 497. C-u 3 M-x evilnc-quick-comment-or-uncomment-to-the-line will comment to the line 503 because the rightest digit of “503” is 3.

The hotkey is “,cl” or “,ll” in evil-mode and C-c l (C means Ctrl key) in emacs normal mode.


comment/uncomment paragraphs which separated by empty lines


Copy and paste lines, then comment out original lines. This command supports negative arguments.

The hotkey is “,cc” in evil-mode and C-c c in emacs normal mode.


Comment lines and insert original lines into kill-ring.


Comment to the specified line.


Toggle the flag to comment/uncomment empty lines.

The hotkey is “,cv” in evil-mode.


Copy from the current line to the user-specified line.

It’s for non-evil user only.

You need assign hotkey for it.

For example:

(global-set-key (kbd "C-c C-t C-l") 'evilnc-copy-to-line)


Toggle flag evilnc-invert-comment-line-by-line.

When the flag is true, the command evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-lines, evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-to-the-line, and evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-paragraphs will be influenced. They will invert each line’s comment status instead comment the whole thing.

Please note this command may NOT work on complex evil text object.


Kill from the current line to the user-specified line.

It’s for non-evil user only.

You need assign hotkey for it.

For example:

(global-set-key (kbd "C-c C-t C-l") 'evilnc-kill-to-line)


If a line is snippet wrapped HTML tags in HTML template, only the HTML syntax is used to comment out the line by default.

But if you (setq evilnc-comment-both-snippet-html t), snippet will be commented out with its own syntax at first. Then the wrapped html tag will be comment out using HTML syntax. This flag has effect on all above commands. Web-mode should be enabled to use this flag.

Use imenu to list and jump to comments in current file

Please setup `imenu-create-index-function’ to `evilnc-imenu-create-index-function’.

Setup on using counsel-imenu to list comments in current buffer,

(defun counsel-imenu-comments ()
  (let* ((imenu-create-index-function 'evilnc-imenu-create-index-function))
    (unless (featurep 'counsel) (require 'counsel))


Comment lines

C-u NUM M-x evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-lines, comment/uncomment next NUM lines.

Comment region

Select a region and M-x evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-lines. The region will be automatically expanded to contain whole lines. Then we comment/uncomment the region.

Comment to the line number

C-u 56 M-x evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-to-the-line, comment/uncomment from current line to line 56.

Copy and comment

C-u 2 M-x evilnc-copy-and-comment-lines, copy 2 lines and paste them below the original line. Then comment out original lines. The focus will be moved to the new lines.

Comment paragraph

C-u 2 M-x evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-paragraphs, comment out two paragraphs. This is useful if you have large hunk of data to be commented out as below:

var myJson={

Invert comment

Say there are two lines of javascript code,

if(flag==true){ doSomething(); }
//if(flag==false){ doSomething(); }

The first line is production code. The second line is your debug code. You want to invert the comment status of these two lines (for example, comment out first line and uncomment the second line) for debug purpose.

All you need to is M-x evilnc-toggle-invert-comment-line-by-line then C-u 2 evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-lines. The first command turn on some flag, so the behavior of (un)commenting is different.

Evil usage

If you use Evil, you can use text objects and motions. But if you only deals with lines, I suggest using evilnc-comment-or-uncomment-lines instead.

commenter text object “c”

We defined commenter text object “c” which can have multi-lines.

Press vac to select outer object (comment with limiters).

Press vic to select inner object (comment without limiter).

You can assign other key instead of “c” to the text object by customizing evilnc-comment-text-object.


evilnc-comment-operator acts much like the delete/change operator. Takes a motion or text object and comments it out, yanking its content in the process.

Example 1: “,,,” to comment out the current line.

Example 2: “,,9j” to comment out the next 9 lines.

Example 3: “,,99G” to comment from the current line to line 99.

Example 4: “,,a(” to comment out the current s-expression, or “,,i(” to only comment out the s-expression’s content. Similarly for blocks “,,a{“, etc.

Example 5: “,,ao” to comment out the current symbol, or “,,aW” to comment out the current WORD. Could be useful when commenting out function parameters, for instance.

Example 6: “,,w” comment to the beginning of the next word, “,,e” to the end of the next word, “,,b” to the beginning of the previous word.

Example 7: “,,it”, comment the region inside html tags (all html major modes are supported , including web-mode)


evilnc-copy-and-comment-operator is another evil-mode operator. Instead of commenting out the text in the operator-range, it inserts an copy of the text in the range and comments out that copy. Its hot key is “,.”. For example, “,.,” to comment out the current line.


Yank in evil-mode

You can yank to line 99 using hotkey y99G or y99gg. That’s the feature from evil-mode.

Please read vim manual on “text objects and motions”.

Change comment style

For example, if you prefer double slashes // instead of slash-stars /* ... */ in c-mode, insert below code into your ~/.emacs:

(add-hook 'c-mode-common-hook
  (lambda ()
    ;; Preferred comment style
    (setq comment-start "// "
          comment-end "")))

Thanks for Andrew Pennebaker (aka mcandre) providing this tip.

Comment code snippet

Please install evil-matchit. You can press vi=% to select a region between tags and press M-; to comment the region.

Most popular programming languages are supported.

Comment and uncomment Lisp code

  • Make sure Evil installed
  • Press “,,a(”

Choose the style of copy and comment

You can setup evilnc-original-above-comment-when-copy-and-comment to decide which style to use when evilnc-copy-and-comment-lines or evilnc-copy-and-comment-operator,

  • Place the commented out text above original text
  • Or place the original text above commented out text


Contact me

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