I usually jump to next mark in file using ]' and [' commands. But I am not able to find a way to discover whether there are any marks set on current line.

  • You could use m'.
    – romainl
    Mar 13, 2015 at 8:11
  • Sorry if my question is not clear. I want to know which mark is set on the current line. Is there a command through which Vim will display mark set on the current line?
    – vimKoans44
    Mar 13, 2015 at 9:01

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There is no way to make marks visible in vim proper.

If it is however enough to just list them you can issue the :marks normal-mode command, which will give you a list of all marks in the current buffer and all global marks (the one with capitalized letters).

Additionally there is a plugin called showmarks that will do the job. It displays a column left to the linenumbers-column which will contain the names of the marks on a specific line. This includes global marks.

A few versions of this plugin exist, i've found that Jacques Bodin-Hullin's version is the only one that seems to work without problems in any current version of vim (greater or equal than 7.4). It is located on github: jacquesbh/vim-showmarks.

If you are using Vundle as your plugin manager you can register it with the following line in your .vimrc, after doing a :PluginInstall jacquesbh/vim-showmarks.

call vundle#begin()
" ... other plugins
Plugin 'jacquesbh/vim-showmarks'
call vundle#end()

After you've installed showmarks you can make the marks visible with :DoShowMarks and hide them again with :NoShowMarks - an ! at the end will execute the command for all buffers.

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    Why Vim out of the box do now show marks? Why we need a plugin for that? Jun 6, 2019 at 7:39

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