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Adds a new evil state to navigate lisp code and edit sexp trees using mnemonic key bindings.

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You can either install evil-lisp-state from MELPA:

 M-x package-install evil-lisp-state

Or add it to your Cask file:

(source melpa)

(depends-on "evil-lisp-state")


Add evil-lisp-state.el to your load path. evil-lisp-state requires both evil, bind-map and smartparens to be installed.


To execute a command while in normal state, a leader key is used. The leader has to be defined with the function evil-lisp-state-leader. By default any command when executed sets the current state to lisp state.


  • to slurp three times while in normal state:

    3 s

  • to wrap a symbol in parenthesis then slurping two times:

    w 2 s

Key Bindings

Key Binding Function
<leader> . switch to lisp state
<leader> % evil jump item
<leader> : ex command
<leader> ( insert expression before (same level as current one)
<leader> ) insert expression after (same level as current one)
<leader> $ go to the end of current sexp
<leader> ` k hybrid version of kill sexp (can be used in non lisp dialects)
<leader> ` p hybrid version of push sexp (can be used in non lisp dialects)
<leader> ` s hybrid version of slurp sexp (can be used in non lisp dialects)
<leader> ` t hybrid version of transpose sexp (can be used in non lisp dialects)
<leader> 0 go to the beginning of current sexp
<leader> a absorb expression
<leader> b forward barf expression
<leader> B backward barf expression
<leader> c convolute expression
<leader> ds delete symbol
<leader> Ds backward delete symbol
<leader> dw delete word
<leader> Dw backward delete word
<leader> dx delete expression
<leader> Dx backward delete expression
<leader> e unwrap current expression and kill all symbols after point
<leader> E unwrap current expression and kill all symbols before point
<leader> h previous symbol
<leader> H go to previous sexp
<leader> i switch to insert state
<leader> I go to beginning of current expression and switch to insert state
<leader> j next closing parenthesis
<leader> J join expression
<leader> k previous opening parenthesis
<leader> l next symbol
<leader> L go to next sexp
<leader> p paste after
<leader> P paste before
<leader> r raise expression (replace parent expression by current one)
<leader> s forwared slurp expression
<leader> S backward slurp expression
<leader> t transpose expression
<leader> u undo
<leader> U got to parent sexp backward
<leader> C-r redo
<leader> v switch to visual state
<leader> V switch to visual line state
<leader> C-v switch to visual block state
<leader> w wrap expression with parenthesis
<leader> W unwrap expression
<leader> y copy expression


No default binding comes with the package, you have to explicitly bind the lisp state to a key with the function evil-lisp-state-leader For instance:

(evil-lisp-state-leader ", l")

Key bindings are set only for emacs-lisp-mode by default. It is possible to add major modes with the variable `evil-lisp-state-major-modes'.

It is also possible to define the key bindings globally by setting evil-lisp-state-global to t. In this case `evil-lisp-state-major-modes' has no effect.

If you don't want commands to enter in lisp state by default set the variable evil-lisp-state-enter-lisp-state-on-command to nil. Then use the . to enter manually in lisp state


An evil state to navigate Lisp code and modify it with smartparens




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