I am trying to figure out how to open a specific vimwiki diary on opening vim. With one wiki I use an alias like alias todo='vim -c VimwikiDiaryIndex' which works perfectly.

But now I want an additional diary wiki for another set of notes. I already added the path and can change the diary inside of vim with 2<Leader>wi.

But I don't know how to combine it with my alias commands. (Something like -c 2VimwikiDiaryIndex does not work.

Does someone know how I could get it done?

2 Answers 2


I'm guessing here but it seems you are trying to run normal mode mappings in batch mode (IOW, vim -c <cmd>). Your 2wi ... I'm assuming that refers to [count]<Leader>wi, a VimWiki mapped command in the docs...?

To run such mappings you need to use the norm command (:h :norm).

For example, vim -c 'norm 2\wi' if your Leader key is the default \ (backslash).

BTW, if you want to run multiple commands using this method just use a separate -c for each. Example:

vim -c 'norm 2\wi' -c 'wq'
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    You need to.use :normal and not :normal! here, since :normal! doesn't expand mappings. From :help :normal: "If the [!] is given, mappings will not be used." Otherwise, answer looks good.
    – filbranden
    Aug 9, 2019 at 13:53
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    Yeah, I know and that's how I tested it: vim -c 'e /tmp/b' -c 'norm G /1' -c 'wq'. Lord knows why in between there and here I decided subconsciously to add some bangs :P
    – B Layer
    Aug 9, 2019 at 14:00
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    @filbranden Thanks for the heads up, btw.
    – B Layer
    Aug 9, 2019 at 14:10
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    Working as hoped. Thanks. @fillbranden: also thanks for highlighting the code parts of my answer. Could not find the option while writing on my smartphone .
    – Abayo
    Aug 9, 2019 at 14:26

Add a function like this to you ~/.bashrc:

function vimwikidiary() {
  vim -c "VimwikiIndex $1" -c VimwikiDiaryIndex

If you run with no arguments of with argument 1, this will open the diary index of the first wiki:

$ vimwikidiary
$ vimwikidiary 1

If you run with argument 2, this will open the diary index of your second wiki:

$ vimwikidiary 2

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