Any way to copy folds to a copied file?

Example: file1 has several folds, now I create a new file cp file2 newfile. newfile doesn't have folds that I had created in vim, of course it won't as cp and vim are different commands.

Any way to copy folds of file1 to newfile?

  • 2
    You might be interested in :help mkview and :help loadview
    – Zorzi
    Apr 20, 2020 at 21:13
  • mkview and loadview are for saving and loading folds of one file. Here, my question is to copy fold of one file to other file.
    – mtk
    Apr 20, 2020 at 21:38
  • mkview creates a file in viewdir which identifies the folds (among other things) of a specific view. What you can do is load this file from another view
    – Zorzi
    Apr 20, 2020 at 21:52
  • I just recorded a quick demo: zorzi.wistia.com/medias/lyoa0jo8h4
    – Zorzi
    Apr 20, 2020 at 22:05
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    cool. Thanks. Convert to answer :)
    – mtk
    Apr 20, 2020 at 22:12

1 Answer 1


You can use :saveas (less manipulations then with :mkview/loadview)

It will make a copy of your file and its view into a new file with its own view.
You original file and view will be left untouched.

:edit original.md
:saveas copy.md

The only downside is that if you have file marks (A-Z), they will be moved (not copied, moved) to your new file.

Also answered here: https://stackoverflow.com/a/71349298/6356206

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