rsi.vim: Readline style insertion
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You know Readline key bindings? Of course you do, they're in your shell, your REPL, and perhaps even the GUI for your OS. They're similar to Emacs key bindings (C-a for home), but with several concessions for UNIX (C-w for delete word).

With rsi.vim, I've taken that same concession philosophy and extended it to Vim. Get the most useful of the ubiquitous key bindings without blindly overriding built-in Vim functionality.


  • Readline mappings are provided in insert mode and command line mode. Normal mode is deliberately omitted.
  • Important Vim key bindings (like insert mode's C-n and C-p completion) are not overridden.
  • Meta key bindings are provided in a way that works in the terminal without the perils of remapping escape.
  • C-d, C-e, and C-f are mapped such that they perform the Readline behavior in the middle of the line and the Vim behavior at the end. (Think about it.)


If you don't have a preferred installation method, I recommend installing pathogen.vim, and then simply copy and paste:

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

Once help tags have been generated, you can view the manual with :help rsi.


See the contribution guidelines for pathogen.vim.


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Copyright © Tim Pope. Distributed under the same terms as Vim itself. See :help license.