What is the command (or shortcut) to move a line up or down in vim? My current workflow is to yank (copy) the line and than delete that line and than to put (paste) that line.


First, you do not need to yank and delete; the latter will also put the deleted contents into the (default or specified) register. Therefore, ddp / ddkP are common commands to move a line one down / up.

Alternatively, you can use the :move command, i.e. :move +1 / :move -2; this doesn't clobber the register, and you can also move entire ranges. You can easily define key mappings to shorten this.

If you don't mind plugins (and the additional comfort that often comes with them), both Tim Pope's unimpaired plugin and my LineJuggler plugin provide ]e / [e mappings to move lines (and several more; Tim's for a variety of uses, mine focused on handling line(s)).


The easiest is: :m+ or :m-2 which is abbreviation for :move as Ingo suggested.

Or using visual mode (V) by cutting the line (d/x) then paste it (p - below cursor, P above cursor) after you moved your cursor to the right place before pasting (so in summary it's Vxp/Vdp).

When moving multiple lines in visual mode, then you've to use :m '>+1 (to move one line down) or :m '<-2 (to move one line up).

Here is sample useful mapping (Shift+ ↑/Shift+↓):

nnoremap <S-Up> :m-2<CR>
nnoremap <S-Down> :m+<CR>
inoremap <S-Up> <Esc>:m-2<CR>
inoremap <S-Down> <Esc>:m+<CR>

which is similar to Sublime Text (Win / OSX).

Here are some suggested at vim wikia:

nnoremap <A-j> :m .+1<CR>==
nnoremap <A-k> :m .-2<CR>==
inoremap <A-j> <Esc>:m .+1<CR>==gi
inoremap <A-k> <Esc>:m .-2<CR>==gi
vnoremap <A-j> :m '>+1<CR>gv=gv
vnoremap <A-k> :m '<-2<CR>gv=gv

In normal mode or in insert mode, press Alt-j to move the current line down, or press Alt-k to move the current line up.

After visually selecting a block of lines (for example, by pressing V then moving the cursor down), press Alt-j to move the whole block down, or press Alt-k to move the block up.

See also:

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    Don't know why, but they work very well in Gvim, but don't work as expected in terminal vim.(It seems it is the problem of tmux) – CodyChan Jul 10 '19 at 6:26
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    note: in the wikia examples "==" and "gv=" are used to "fix" identation. I am a lot more pleasant to be around when vim doesn't "fix" the identation, maybe you are too. – Erik Lievaart Aug 14 '20 at 13:02

If I want to swap one line with the line above I usually do the following



  • dd will delete the line and add it to the default register.
  • k will move up a line (j would move down a line)
  • P will paste above the current line
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    To move current line down, use ddp – Qinjie Jan 12 '18 at 8:02

FWIW, here is what I've used for years. It moves the current line up and down in normal mode or the selection in visual mode, while adjusting the indentation automatically.

nnoremap ,<Up>   :<C-u>silent! move-2<CR>==
nnoremap ,<Down> :<C-u>silent! move+<CR>==
xnoremap ,<Up>   :<C-u>silent! '<,'>move-2<CR>gv=gv
xnoremap ,<Down> :<C-u>silent! '<,'>move'>+<CR>gv=gv

The other answers using :move haven't considered the edge case where you are on the first line or last line of the buffer and press the shortcut, you will see error messages saying the address is invalid. To avoid this error message, I have written a simple function to deal with the edge cases:

fun SwitchLine(src_line_idx, direction)
    if a:direction ==# 'up'
        if a:src_line_idx == 1
    elseif a:direction ==# 'down'
        if a:src_line_idx == line('$')

The mapping to use this function:

nnoremap <silent> <A-k> :call SwitchLine(line('.'), 'up')<CR>
nnoremap <silent> <A-j> :call SwitchLine(line('.'), 'down')<CR>

If you use the above mapping, you won't see unpleasant error messages when you are on the first or last line of the buffer.


This works for me if you want something simple:

" Move selection up
xmap <kMinus> :move '<-2<CR>gv
" Move selection down
xmap <kPlus> :move '>+1<CR>gv

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