How to jump between matching tags (such as
<span>, etc.) when editing HTML/XHTML/XML documents similarly as % is used to jump between matching parentheses?
Vim ships with a macro called matchit that does this for you; all you need to do is activate it with
runtime macros/matchit.vim in your vimrc. This will enable you to jump from, eg, a
<div> to its
</div>. Note that your cursor will have to be inside the angle brackets; if you're on the angle brackets, % will jump from one bracket to the other as normal.
You can jump between tags using visual operators, for example:
- Place the cursor on the tag.
- Enter visual mode by pressing v.
- Select the outer tag block by pressing a+t or i+t for inner tag block.
Your cursor should jump forward to the matching closing html/xml tag. To jump backwards from closing tag, press o or O to jump to opposite tag.
Now you can either exit visual by pressing Esc, change it by c or copy by y.
To record that action into register, press qq to start recording, perform tag jump as above (including Esc), press q to finish. Then to invoke jump, press @q.
See more help at
:help visual-operators or
<tag> </tag>block (with tags)
- Using % in languages without curly braces
- Jump to matching XML tags in Vim at stackoverflow SE
- How can I find the close html tag quickly in vim? at stackoverflow SE
- Navigating HTML tags in Vim at stackoverflow SE
- How to navigate between begin and end html tag? at superuser SE
- VIM jump from one xml tag to the closing one at Unix SE
- How can I select an html tag's content in Vim? at superuser SE
xmledit (http://vimawesome.com/plugin/xmledit) plugin allows to jump between open and close tags using
Often <localleader> will be \, so you can jump with
matchit, you don't have to put your cursor inside the tag. Placing it right on the
> is perfectly fine for the
xmledit plugin. :)
NOTE 2: A drawback here is, that you can't use it in the visual mode. But this isn't a big deal, since you can always select the entire tag with at.