This works, but it's pretty ugly, just wondering if there's a better way:

vim.cmd[[exec "g\<Tab>"]]

None of these work:

vim.cmd.exec("normal g<Tab>")
vim.cmd.exec("normal g\<Tab>")
vim.cmd.exec("normal g\\<Tab>")
  • I’m actually shocked the first one works; that should be doing the equivalent of :global<Tab><enter> which is kind of meaningless. In Vim I would expect execute 'normal!' "g\<Tab>" to work, but that depends on Vim’s string processing. What happens if you embed a literal tab in your commands (actually typing something like normal! g<C-v><tab>)?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Feb 27 at 21:29

1 Answer 1


Tab is simply a tab, so vim.cmd.normal"g\t" works.

Also, in general, you may want to make use of nvim_replace_termcodes() function.

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