I am using Vim version 7.4 from 2012-Dez-06 of Ubuntu 16.04, and I use PuTTY 0.67 on W10. I want to map the keys of the NUM pad in .vimrc. This doesn't work:

map <k1> COMMAND
map k1 COMMAND
map <C-k1> COMMAND
map <S-k1> COMMAND
map *keypad-1* COMMAND
map keypad-1 COMMAND

If I do for example:

map 1 dd

it works and the line is deleted if I hit 1.

If I hit in vi the NUM buttons I get q, r, s, t ... If I map q to a command only the normal q button will execute the command but not 1 on the NUM pad. My .vimrc is:

# cat ~/.vimrc
syntax on
set t_Co=256
colorscheme elflord
if &diff
    colorscheme apprentice

The h keycodes (Thanks to Ashok) is:

Notation        Bedeutung                   Äquivalent  Dezimale/r Wert/e   ~
<Nul>           Null                    CTRL-@    0 (gespeichert als 10) *<Nul>*
<BS>            Zeichenrückschritt      CTRL-H    8     *backspace*
<Tab>           Tabulator               CTRL-I    9     *tab* *Tab*
<NL>            Zeilenvorschub          CTRL-J   10 (benutzt für <Nul>)
<FF>            Seitenvorschub          CTRL-L   12     *formfeed*
<CR>            Wagenrücklauf           CTRL-M   13     *carriage-return*
<Return>        dasselbe wie <CR>                               *<Return>*
<Enter>         dasselbe wie <CR>                               *<Enter>*
<Esc>           Fluchttaste             CTRL-[   27     *escape* *<Esc>*
<Space>         Leertaste                        32     *space*
<lt>            weniger-als             <        60     *<lt>*
<Bslash>        Backslash               \        92     *backslash* *<Bslash>*
<Bar>           vertikaler Strich       |       124     *<Bar>*
<Del>           Löschen                         127
<CSI>           Befehlsfolgeneinleiter  ALT-Esc 155     *<CSI>*
<xCSI>          CSI in der GUI getippt                  *<xCSI>*

<EOL>           Zeilenende (kann <CR>, <LF> oder <CR><LF> sein, hängt ab vom
                System und 'fileformat')        *<EOL>*

<Up>            Cursor rauf                     *cursor-up* *cursor_up*
<Down>          Cursor runter                   *cursor-down* *cursor_down*
<Left>          Cursor links                    *cursor-left* *cursor_left*
<Right>         Cursor rechts                   *cursor-right* *cursor_right*
<S-Up>          Umschalttaste Cursor rauf
<S-Down>        Umschalttaste Cursor runter
<S-Left>        Umschalttaste Cursor links
<S-Right>       Umschalttaste Cursor rechts
<C-Left>        Steuerung Cursor links
<C-Right>       Steuerung Cursor rechts
<F1> - <F12>    Funktionstaste 1 bis 12         *function_key* *function-key*
<S-F1> - <S-F12> Umschalttaste Funktionstaste 1 bis 12  *<S-F1>*
<Help>          Hilfetaste
<Undo>          Undo-Taste
<Insert>        Einfügetaste
<Home>          Anfang                          *home*
<End>           Ende                            *end*
<PageUp>        Bild rauf                               *page_up* *page-up*
<PageDown>      Bild runter                             *page_down* *page-down*
<kHome>         Anfang auf dem Ziffernblock (oben links)*keypad-home*
<kEnd>          Ende auf dem Ziffernblock (unten links) *keypad-end*
<kPageUp>       Bild rauf auf dem Ziffernblock (oben rechts)
<kPageDown>     Bild runter auf dem Ziffernblock (unten rechts)
<kPlus>         + auf dem Ziffernblock                  *keypad-plus*
<kMinus>        - auf dem Ziffernblock                  *keypad-minus*
<kMultiply>     * auf dem Ziffernblock                  *keypad-multiply*
<kDivide>       / auf dem Ziffernblock                  *keypad-divide*
<kEnter>        Enter auf dem Ziffernblock              *keypad-enter*
<kPoint>        Dezimalzeichen auf dem Ziffernblock     *keypad-point*
<k0> - <k9>     0 bis 9 auf dem Ziffernblock            *keypad-0* *keypad-9*
<S-...>         Umschalttaste                   *shift* *<S-*
<C-...>         Steuerungstaste                 *control* *ctrl* *<C-*
<M-...>         Alt-Taste oder Meta-Taste       *meta* *alt* *<M-*
<A-...>         dasselbe wie <M-...>            *<A-*
<D-...>         Befehlstaste (nur Macintosh)    *<D-*
<t_xx>          Taste mit dem Eintrag »xx« in der TermCap

I am using Putty with ssh and the following keyboard setting: . . .

enter image description here How can I map the keys of the numeric key pad?

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    click on the tick if my answer helps !! Means a lot !! :D Nov 6, 2016 at 17:23
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    You should use imap for the insert mode.
    – orbit
    Nov 11, 2016 at 21:24
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    Nov 11, 2016 at 21:37

2 Answers 2


The keypad identifiers have a k* prefix. Like mapping control + numkey 1 to :NerdTree would be

Map <C-k1> :NerdTree<CR>

AFAIK these mappings wont work when the NumLock is off.

also :h keycodes in vim shows a lot more of these keybindings.

EDIT : OP uses PuTTY for ssh-ing into vim. PuTTY has numkeys disabled by default which is the reason why it shows alphabets instead of numericals.

to solve this : PuTTY settings -> Terminal -> Features->put a check mark on "Disable application keypad mode". -> sessions -> save !!

  • Thank for the hint: :h keycodes tells me that I have to use <k1> (without C-) but is doesn't work. It seems that k1 is already mapped and I cannot remap the button.
    – musbach
    Nov 4, 2016 at 22:38
  • What do u mean 'k1 is already mapped '?? And any combination (like ctrl, shift, alt) can be used with k* to invoke a command. Nov 4, 2016 at 22:40
  • The NUM 1 is already mapped by a command which duplicates the lines. If I want to map k1 to e.g. dd it doesn't work and the former command is executed.
    – musbach
    Nov 4, 2016 at 22:45
  • Then use k2 😉 or try S-k1 or C-k1 Nov 4, 2016 at 22:47
  • No way. Always th same.
    – musbach
    Nov 4, 2016 at 22:51

The default settings of PuTTY are just fine. Do not change anything in PuTTY-> Terminal -> Keyboard (see above) or disable in PuTTY-> Terminal -> Features anything:

enter image description here

You can map in vi the NUM keys in the following way:

inoremap <Esc>Oq 1
inoremap <Esc>Or 2
inoremap <Esc>Os 3
inoremap <Esc>Ot 4
inoremap <Esc>Ou 5
inoremap <Esc>Ov 6
inoremap <Esc>Ow 7
inoremap <Esc>Ox 8
inoremap <Esc>Oy 9
inoremap <Esc>Op 0
inoremap <Esc>On .
inoremap <Esc>OQ /
inoremap <Esc>OR *
inoremap <Esc>Ol +
inoremap <Esc>OS -
inoremap <Esc>OM <Enter>

This setting is an example for using the NUM key as they should be. Of course you can change the mappings as usual.

  • I am glad that you could solve your problem. Nice job @musbach. Sorry my help couldnt solve, but it taught me a lot about that topic. Applause to your persistence ! Nov 12, 2016 at 6:48

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