Since I have a terminal inside vim I can't do :wq or I get 'job' running.

I got around this using:

vim --clean "+term" "+qa!"

Then I'd have to do :w then :qa!

In my ~/.vimrc I then done this map:

command Q qa!

So now I do :w then :Q

I'd like to do: :wq or at least have a map for it.

I tried mapping: command Q wqa! but got 'job running'; I couldn't exit because of the terminal.

It's not possible to do vim --clean "+term" "+wqa!


Is there a way I can exit vim with terminal inside using :wq or a map of it?

It's a minor inconvenience to do :w then :Q, help is appreciated.

  • Some helpful ideas: :help E947, :help :term and look at ++kill and the last few paragraphs between :help :term and :help terminal-close, :help terminal-typing and use C-w C-\ (which usually sends sigquit)
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Jun 28, 2023 at 15:07
  • thank you, could you write an answer so I cam give credit? I'll try this.
    – Nickotine
    Commented Jun 28, 2023 at 15:31
  • Tried to do :term_setkill={SIGKILL} but I get 'executing job failed: no such file or directory'
    – Nickotine
    Commented Jun 28, 2023 at 15:52
  • :term_setkill()={SIGKILL}
    – Nickotine
    Commented Jun 28, 2023 at 16:14

2 Answers 2


I got what I wanted by doing:


For context Q is a command in my ~/.vimrc:

command Q qa!

All the steps to write and exit vim with terminal inside:

On terminal:

vim --clean "+term" "+qa!"

In ~/.vimrc:

command Wq w|qa!

Then you can write and exit vim with terminal running inside:



I would do:

function! CorrectCmd()
  if getcmdtype() != ':'
    echo 'foo'
    return "\<CR>"

  if matchstr(getcmdline(), '^wq\%[all]!\?\>') == ''
    return "\<CR>"

  return "\<C-u>" . 'w|qa' . "\<CR>"
cnoremap <expr> <CR> CorrectCmd()

The command mapping map Enter in command mode.

If the command match wq or something equivalent (e.g.: wqall) it translate it into w|qa otherwise it keep it as it is before executing it.

  • echo 'foo': debugging?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Jun 28, 2023 at 15:17

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