I have this in my .vimrc as global for gf: map gf :edit <cfile><cr> from the help on gf, but I want to remap gf in markdown files for a plugin command with the following:

autocmd FileType markdown nnoremap <buffer>gf <Plug>Markdown_EditUrlUnderCursor

When running :nmap I see the following output:

n  ge           @<Plug>Markdown_EditUrlUnderCursor
n  gx           @<Plug>Markdown_OpenUrlUnderCursor
n  gf          *@<Plug>Markdown_EditUrlUnderCursor

but gf doesn't do what it should. I see the little star there and I guess it has something to do with it, but I have no idea what that means. ge works as expected. How can I achieve what I want?

1 Answer 1


When you want to map a <Plug> mapping always use nmap not nnoremap.

Basically a <Plug>(Something) is a sequence of chars that are mapped to some functionality.

Imagine you have:

" you have some mapping
nnoremap a :echo "hello"<CR>
" and want remap that mapping
nmap b a

" same
nnoremap asdf :echo "world"<CR>
nmap b asdf

" same
nnoremap <Plug>(hello) :echo "hello world"<CR>
nmap gf <Plug>(hello)
  • I tried with nmap afterwards, but it seems vim has already saved the bad map and would not overwrite, so that's where my confusion came from.
    – fbence
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 14:04
  • Just as a note for other people: deleting ~/.vim/view removes these old configs.
    – fbence
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 14:05

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