How can I disable all user mappings only for current buffer in vim? I've tried :mapclear but it removed mappings for all buffers.

  • if there is a global mapping xxx, do you also need to have xxx disabled for the current buffer?
    – doraemon
    Nov 1, 2018 at 9:53
  • @LiuSha Yep, all mappings if possible.
    – theJian
    Nov 1, 2018 at 15:33

2 Answers 2


You might be looking for <buffer> argument.

This argument ensures that the command or the mapping will be effective only in the local buffer rather than the global buffer.

To clear all the user-mapping in the local buffer, :mapclear <buffer> should be used.

For more information, look at :h :map-<buffer>

  • You might misunderstand my question. The <buffer> argument is for removing local buffer mappings, but what I want to do is remove all mappings temporarily for the current buffer.
    – theJian
    Jan 20, 2018 at 10:35
  • @theJian.. I'm looking up for this as well and ended up here. have you solved this? Oct 31, 2018 at 12:32
  • @JohnFredFadrigalan Unfortunately no, this snippet is the temporary solution I've used. gist.github.com/theJian/beb8519127b9209f644197a09620d939
    – theJian
    Nov 1, 2018 at 8:41

Here is the temporary solution I've found so far.

let lowercase = 'abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz'
let numbers = '0123456789'
let punctuation = "<>`@#~!\"$%^&/()=+*-_.,;:?\\\'{}[] " " and space
for str in [lowercase, uppercase, numbers, punctuation]
    for key in split(str, '\zs')
        execute printf("noremap <silent> <buffer> <nowait> %s :call DO_SOMETHING_OR_NOTHING<cr>", key)

Basically this snippet will remap all the normal mappings for local buffer.

  • how about the <f1>-<f12> mappings
    – doraemon
    Nov 1, 2018 at 9:55

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