I can use getqflist() to get the whole list. But how can I know which is the currently selected item in the list? It is used if :cc [nr] without specifying nr. It is also used for cnext and cprev. But I have no way to extract this info.

  • You can use getline(‘.’) in the quickfix window to get the current line no which essentially is the index.
    – Ankit Jain
    Sep 4 '18 at 18:03

If your Vim version is greater than 8.0.1112, then you could ask the value of the 'idx' property of the quickfix list:

:echo get(getqflist({'idx': 0}), 'idx', 0)

See :h getqflist():

If the optional {what} dictionary argument is supplied, then
returns only the items listed in {what} as a dictionary. The
following string items are supported in {what}:

idx     index of the current entry in the list

Note that 'idx' seems to be missing from Neovim at the moment, along with a few other properties.

  • thanks. I do use neovim only. Do you know any plan of neovim to include this feature?
    – doraemon
    Sep 3 '18 at 2:44
  • Unfortunately, I don't know when this feature will be implemented. I opened the issue #8363 4 months ago, for a similar issue (a new quickfix property not correctly supported). If you know C, you could try to port the Vim patch 8.0.1112 using this tutorial.
    – user938271
    Sep 3 '18 at 10:21
  • Otherwise, you could try this command: :echo matchstr(execute('cc'), '\d\+'), but it may not work in some contexts (e.g. in a code evaluated for a statusline (:h E523)). Also, your cursor position may change; you could move back in the jumplist, or save & restore your position with winsaveview() and winrestview().
    – user938271
    Sep 3 '18 at 10:22

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