I want to make toggleable window with terminal buffer similar to every IDE terminal feature.

Currently i have mapped:

noremap <F4> :botright 8split term://bash<CR>
tnoremap <F4> <C-\><C-n>:q<CR>
autocmd BufEnter term://* startinsert | set wfh

but buffer is lost whenever is not active on any window (ex. on :q)

EDIT And how to reopen the same buffer whenever it already eixsts instead of creating new one every time?

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    duplicate of my own question here vi.stackexchange.com/questions/19276/…
    – 3N4N
    Commented Mar 23, 2019 at 10:22
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    And thanks for :h wfh, I didn't think there was something like that built in. Nice one!
    – 3N4N
    Commented Mar 23, 2019 at 10:23
  • And try to wrap autocmd's in augroup. Check here for why.
    – 3N4N
    Commented Mar 23, 2019 at 10:26
  • thanks! But :h terminal says: 'bufhidden' defaults to "hide", so I didin't try myself
    – Mesco
    Commented Mar 23, 2019 at 10:32
  • Oh, it does, doesn't it? But check, after launching nvim with nvim -u NORC and opening terminal with :term and then check :set bufhidden?. I see bufhidden=, so not defaults to hide. Must be a bug. What do you see? We might need to notify neovim community to edit their help documents!
    – 3N4N
    Commented Mar 23, 2019 at 10:39

2 Answers 2


Now vim has :term built in, not just in neo vim. So you can use that and then to hide it use CTRL-W :hide

I got this from :help terminal (as suggested in the comments above):

You can use CTRL-W :hide to close the terminal window and make the buffer   
hidden, the job keeps running.  The :buffer command can be used to turn the 
current window into a terminal window.  If there are unsaved changes this   
fails, use ! to force, as usual.                                            

There's lots of buffer commands (see :help buffer-list) but :unhide seems to work nicely for this to bring it back.


Check this post Or use this gist directly.

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