vi Command Reference Cheat Sheet

by Apurva T. on March 8, 2014

in Quick Reference

This vi editor command reference cheat sheet presents the majority of vi commands and keys. We hope you find it useful. We also recommend two good books on vi (mentioned below).

vi Command Reference Cheat Sheet

Invoking vi: vi filename
Command mode versus input mode
vi starts in command mode. The positioning commands operate only while vi is in command mode. You switch vi to input mode by entering any one of several vi input commands. Once in input mode, any character you type is taken to be text and is added to the file. You cannot execute any commands until you exit input mode.
To exit input mode, press the escape (Esc) key.

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