In Vim, how to search and replace in visual selection?

Posted on

Search and replace in the whole text in Vim can be done by :%s/from/to/gc. But how to search and replace in visual selection only?

The %V atom in Vim restricts a pattern so that it matches only inside the visual selection.

So, your command for searching and replacing only in the visual selection can be

:%s/%Vfrom/to/gc

In addition, you can use marks for the beginning and end of the visual selection as the start,end range for the :s command:

'<  start line
`<  start character
'>  end line
`>  end character

Eric Ma

Eric is a systems guy. Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.

One comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *