I have a *.txt file with 10,000 lines. The lines are E-Mail and password divided by a ":", so like


I want to delete the E-Mail addresses on every single line at once, so I end up with the passwords only. How can I do that?

Thanks in advance.

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    If this is for later processing, awk may be a better tool for automation. – D. Ben Knoble Jan 20 '19 at 21:53



Matches from the start of the line all not-: until the first : and replaces them with nothing.

  • I am using GVIM. When i open the text file and do what you said, it just starts editing the text file. Would you be so kind and could give me like a step by step explation? I'm kinda overwhelmed by this software and don't want to spend 5 hours reading tutorials. Might as well go ahead then and do it by hand, would be faster probably! :D – Marcel Jan 20 '19 at 21:30
  • @Marcel This particular command should start with a colon : so that it runs a command rather than "normal" keys. I would recommend starting with vimtutor to get a basic idea of the different modes, and how to exit and whatnot. – James Jan 20 '19 at 21:40
  • @Marcel Added leading colon. – Ralf Jan 21 '19 at 5:14

Ralf's answer is great. Here's another way you could do it as well:

:%norm df:

:%norm means type the following keys on every line. df: means delete until your find the next ':'.

  • That worked, but now i have all those : at the beginning. I have to get rid of them as well, but the following character is different in every line. – Marcel Jan 20 '19 at 21:40
  • @Marcel Sorry, my bad. See my edit. – James Jan 20 '19 at 21:41
  • Wow, thanks a lot! Been sitting here since 2 hours scratching my head. Thank you very much! – Marcel Jan 20 '19 at 21:44

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