Is there a way edit command line or search history? I have read Is there search and replace history in vim? and tried using q: to open the history and do changes there, but all it seems to be able to do is take an edited line, execute it and append it to the history.

What I want to do is just replace a line in history (in-place) without necessarily executing it.

Use case: I try to create a plugin, that appends words under the cursor to the search (when the user presses a button). The most part is done by changing the @/ register. But I also want to update the original search command so that a user can actually find the command that would issue the modified search. I could simply re-execute the search, but then the history would get flooded.


Buffer: This is some fine text in the buffer.

User enters: "/some", the cursor goes to "some" and the last line in search history will contain "/some". Then, the user moves the cursor to "text", presses a certain key and text is added to the search term. So now, the search term would be "/some\|text".

I would like to change/overwrite the last line in search history to be "/some\|text".

  • I imagine you could use histadd(), histget(), and histdel() function to create such a behavior. See :h histadd() Mar 15, 2018 at 15:03
  • @PeterRincker: Hey, this is exactly what I was looking for. Thank your! And it seems to be available in NeoVim as well. NICE! If you make that an answer, I'll accept it.
    – mox
    Mar 15, 2018 at 16:49

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You can edit the search history with the following,: histadd(), histget(), and histdel().

See :h histadd() for more help.


Vim stores both the command history and the search history and many other things like registers and jumplists in ~/.viminfo. You can remove/edit entries from the history by deleting/changing the corresponing lines in the file.

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