When I create a fold with zfap, vim displays something like:

+--  15 lines: myFunctionPrototype :: Test -> Test -> Bool 

However, I would like vim not to display this number of lines. I find this distracting, and not adding sufficient information in my case.

I'd prefer:

+-- : myFunctionPrototype :: Test -> Test -> Bool

or even better:

+-- myFunctionPrototype :: Test -> Test -> Bool

Is there a way to suppress the line count, or a way to modify what vim displays when there's a fold that I could put in my vimrc ?

2 Answers 2


to put in .vimrc:

set foldtext=MyFoldText()
function MyFoldText()
  let line = getline(v:foldstart)
  let sub = substitute(line, '/\*\|\*/\|{{{\d\=', '', 'g')
  return v:folddashes . sub

MyFoldText is now the function that is responsible for displaying some text, when some lines have been folded.

  • '/\*\|\*/\|{{{\d\=' .... er, excuse me? I didn't quite catch that. The line is terrible. I think you must be speaking over VOIP.
    – markling
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 9:20
  • Thank you for the comment, it made me laugh. Well, let's try to filter out noise on your phone line. Commented Dec 26, 2022 at 18:19
  • First, some characters has to be escaped, as you probably know it from other languages than VIMScript, which I plan to learn soon, but I have pushback that idea until the last possible moment :-) Commented Dec 26, 2022 at 18:21
  • "/*" is short for the C++ begin comment /* the start is * ; and similarily "*/" is for end comment Commented Dec 26, 2022 at 18:22
  • "{{{" is used by vim as a marker so as to fold text Commented Dec 26, 2022 at 18:26

The text that is displayed for a closed fold is determined by the 'foldtext' option. See

:help 'foldtext'
:help fold-foldtext

The latter topic has a few examples of ways to get different text. As another, simple example,

:set foldtext=v:folddashes

will result in a line of only dashes (actually hyphens) across the full width of the window.

  • not accros the full width of the window. I only have one dash at the start. but thanks, that's where I have to look at. Commented Sep 5, 2015 at 18:25
  • Yes, across the full width of the window. Example: vim -N -u NONE -c "set foldtext=v:folddashes" -c "put=''" -c "normal ggzfG"
    – garyjohn
    Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 5:34

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