Created: 2012-11-15 01:51
Updated: 2019-03-04 06:04
License: other

A Personal Wiki For Vim


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Vimwiki is a personal wiki for Vim -- a number of linked text files that have their own syntax highlighting.

With Vimwiki you can:

  • organize notes and ideas
  • manage todo-lists
  • write documentation
  • maintain a diary
  • export everything to HTML

To do a quick start press <Leader>ww (this is usually \ww) to go to your index wiki file. By default it is located in ~/vimwiki/

Feed it with the following example:

= My knowledge base =
    * Tasks -- things to be done _yesterday_!!!
    * Project Gutenberg -- good books are power.
    * Scratchpad -- various temporary stuff.

Place your cursor on Tasks and press Enter to create a link. Once pressed, Tasks will become [[Tasks]] -- a Vimwiki link. Press Enter again to open it. Edit the file, save it, and then press Backspace to jump back to your index.

A Vimwiki link can be constructed from more than one word. Just visually select the words to be linked and press Enter. Try it with Project Gutenberg. The result should look something like:

= My knowledge base =
    * [[Tasks]] -- things to be done _yesterday_!!!
    * [[Project Gutenberg]] -- good books are power.
    * Scratchpad -- various temporary stuff.

Basic Markup

= Header1 =
== Header2 ==
=== Header3 ===

*bold* -- bold text
_italic_ -- italic text

[[wiki link]] -- wiki link
[[wiki link|description]] -- wiki link with description


* bullet list item 1
    - bullet list item 2
    - bullet list item 3
        * bullet list item 4
        * bullet list item 5
* bullet list item 6
* bullet list item 7
    - bullet list item 8
    - bullet list item 9

1. numbered list item 1
2. numbered list item 2
    a) numbered list item 3
    b) numbered list item 4

For other syntax elements, see :h vimwiki-syntax

Key bindings

normal mode:

  • <Leader>ww -- Open default wiki index file.
  • <Leader>wt -- Open default wiki index file in a new tab.
  • <Leader>ws -- Select and open wiki index file.
  • <Leader>wd -- Delete wiki file you are in.
  • <Leader>wr -- Rename wiki file you are in.
  • <Enter> -- Follow/Create wiki link
  • <Shift-Enter> -- Split and follow/create wiki link
  • <Ctrl-Enter> -- Vertical split and follow/create wiki link
  • <Backspace> -- Go back to parent(previous) wiki link
  • <Tab> -- Find next wiki link
  • <Shift-Tab> -- Find previous wiki link

For more keys, see :h vimwiki-mappings


  • :Vimwiki2HTML -- Convert current wiki link to HTML
  • :VimwikiAll2HTML -- Convert all your wiki links to HTML
  • :help vimwiki-commands -- list all commands



Make sure you have these settings in your vimrc file:

set nocompatible
filetype plugin on
syntax on

Without them Vimwiki will not work properly.

Installation using Vim packages (since Vim 7.4.1528)

git clone ~/.vim/pack/plugins/start/vimwiki

Installation using Pathogen

cd ~/.vim
mkdir bundle
cd bundle
git clone

Installation using Vim-Plug

Add the following to the plugin-configuration in your vimrc:

Plug 'vimwiki/vimwiki'

Then run :PlugInstall.

Installation using Vundle

Add Plugin 'vimwiki/vimwiki' to your vimrc file and run

vim +PluginInstall +qall

Or download the zip archive and extract it in ~/.vim/bundle/

Then launch Vim, run :Helptags and then :help vimwiki to verify it was installed.

Getting help

Have a question? Visit the IRC channel #vimwiki on Freenode (webchat, also synced to Matrix/Riot: or post to the mailing list.

Helping Vimwiki

Vimwiki has a lot of users but only very few recurring developers or people helping the community. Your help is therefore appreciated. Everyone can help! See #625 for information on how you can help.

* Screenshots made with the solarized colorscheme and lightline

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