I am looking for a complete list of the key descriptions commonly used for remapping keys.

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    PROTIP: :help key followed by Ctrl+D
    – romainl
    Nov 19, 2015 at 17:15
  • You can refer nathangrigg.net for the vim pdf. That has the entire list of key descriptions. This PDF is extracted from all help contents of vim editor.
    – SibiCoder
    May 14, 2016 at 5:32

2 Answers 2

:help key-notation

They are described in the help.

notation    meaning         equivalent  decimal value(s)    ~
<Nul>       zero            CTRL-@    0 (stored as 10) *<Nul>*
<BS>        backspace       CTRL-H    8 *backspace*
<Tab>       tab         CTRL-I    9 *tab* *Tab*
<NL>        linefeed        CTRL-J   10 (used for <Nul>)
<FF>        formfeed        CTRL-L   12 *formfeed*
<CR>        carriage return     CTRL-M   13 *carriage-return*
<Return>    same as <CR>                *<Return>*
<Enter>     same as <CR>                *<Enter>*
<Esc>       escape          CTRL-[   27 *escape* *<Esc>*
<Space>     space                32 *space*
<lt>        less-than       <    60 *<lt>*
<Bslash>    backslash       \    92 *backslash* *<Bslash>*
<Bar>       vertical bar        |   124 *<Bar>*
<Del>       delete              127
<CSI>       command sequence intro  ALT-Esc 155 *<CSI>*
<xCSI>      CSI when typed in the GUI       *<xCSI>*

<EOL>       end-of-line (can be <CR>, <LF> or <CR><LF>,
        depends on system and 'fileformat') *<EOL>*

<Up>        cursor-up           *cursor-up* *cursor_up*
<Down>      cursor-down         *cursor-down* *cursor_down*
<Left>      cursor-left         *cursor-left* *cursor_left*
<Right>     cursor-right            *cursor-right* *cursor_right*
<S-Up>      shift-cursor-up
<S-Down>    shift-cursor-down
<S-Left>    shift-cursor-left
<S-Right>   shift-cursor-right
<C-Left>    control-cursor-left
<C-Right>   control-cursor-right
<F1> - <F12>    function keys 1 to 12       *function_key* *function-key*
<S-F1> - <S-F12> shift-function keys 1 to 12    *<S-F1>*
<Help>      help key
<Undo>      undo key
<Insert>    insert key
<Home>      home                *home*
<End>       end             *end*
<PageUp>    page-up             *page_up* *page-up*
<PageDown>  page-down           *page_down* *page-down*
<kHome>     keypad home (upper left)    *keypad-home*
<kEnd>      keypad end (lower left)     *keypad-end*
<kPageUp>   keypad page-up (upper right)    *keypad-page-up*
<kPageDown> keypad page-down (lower right)  *keypad-page-down*
<kPlus>     keypad +            *keypad-plus*
<kMinus>    keypad -            *keypad-minus*
<kMultiply> keypad *            *keypad-multiply*
<kDivide>   keypad /            *keypad-divide*
<kEnter>    keypad Enter            *keypad-enter*
<kPoint>    keypad Decimal point        *keypad-point*
<k0> - <k9> keypad 0 to 9           *keypad-0* *keypad-9*
<S-...>     shift-key           *shift* *<S-*
<C-...>     control-key         *control* *ctrl* *<C-*
<M-...>     alt-key or meta-key     *meta* *alt* *<M-*
<A-...>     same as <M-...>         *<A-*
<D-...>     command-key (Macintosh only)    *<D-*
<t_xx>      key with "xx" entry in termcap

The Num Keys are different (for normale mode):

nmap <Esc>Oq 1
nmap <Esc>Or 2
nmap <Esc>Os 3
nmap <Esc>Ot 4
nmap <Esc>Ou 5
nmap <Esc>Ov 6
nmap <Esc>Ow 7
nmap <Esc>Ox 8
nmap <Esc>Oy 9
nmap <Esc>Op 0
nmap <Esc>On .
nmap <Esc>OQ /
nmap <Esc>OR *
nmap <Esc>Ol +
nmap <Esc>OS -
nmap <Esc>OM <Enter>

Use inoremap for insert mode.

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