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Bundle of more than a dozen new text objects for Neovim.

List of Text Objects

textobj description inner / outer forward-seeking default keymaps filetypes (for default keymaps)
indentation lines with same amount of indentation see overview from vim-indent-object no ii, ai, (aI, iI) all
value value of key-value pair, or right side of a variable assignment (inside one line) outer includes trailing commas or semicolons yes iv, av all
key key of key-value pair, or left side of a variable assignment outer includes the = or : yes ik, ak all
number numbers, similar to <C-a> inner: only pure digits, outer: number including minus sign and decimal point yes in, an all
diagnostic LSP diagnostic (requires built-in LSP) - yes ! all
nearEoL from cursor position to end of line, minus one character - no n all
mdlink markdown link like [title](url) inner is only the link title (between the []) yes il, al markdown, toml
mdFencedCodeBlock markdown fenced code (enclosed by three backticks) outer includes the enclosing backticks yes iC, aC markdown
cssSelector class in CSS, like .my-class outer includes trailing comma and space yes ic, ac css, scss
jsRegex JavaScript regex pattern outer includes the slashes and any flags yes i/, a/ javascript, typescript
doubleSquareBrackets text enclosed by [[]] outer includes the four square brackets yes iD, aD lua, shell, neorg, markdown
column column down until indent or shorter line. Accepts {count} for multiple columns. - no | (pipe char) all
restOfParagraph like }, but linewise - no r all
subword like iw, but treating -, _ or . as word delimiters and only part of camelcase. outer includes trailing _ or - yes iS, aS all
entireBuffer entire buffer as one text object - - gG all
url link beginning with "http" - yes L all
shellPipe command stdout is piped to outer includes the front pipe character yes iP/aP bash, zsh, fish, sh


-- packer
use {
    config = function () 
        require("various-textobjs").setup({ useDefaultKeymaps = true })

-- lazy.nvim
    config = function () 
        require("various-textobjs").setup({ useDefaultKeymaps = true })


The .setup() call is optional if you are fine with the defaults below. (Note that the default is to not set any keymaps by this plugin.)

-- default config
require("various-textobjs").setup {
    lookForwardLines = 5, -- Set to 0 to only look in the current line.
    useDefaultKeymaps = false, -- Use suggested keymaps (see README).

If you want to set your own keybindings yourself, you can do so by calling the respective function:

  • The function names correspond to the textobj-names from the overview table.
  • The text objects that differentiate between outer and inner require a boolean parameter, true always meaning "inner," and false meaning "outer."
-- example: `?` for diagnostic textobj
vim.keymap.set({"o", "x"}, "?", function () require("various-textobjs").diagnostic() end)

-- example: `an` for outer number, `in` for inner number
vim.keymap.set({"o", "x"}, "an", function () require("various-textobjs").number(false) end)
vim.keymap.set({"o", "x"}, "in", function () require("various-textobjs").number(true) end)

-- exception: indentation textobj requires two parameters, first for exclusion of the 
-- starting border, second for the exclusion of ending border
vim.keymap.set({"o", "x"}, "ii", function () require("various-textobjs").indentation(true, true) end)
vim.keymap.set({"o", "x"}, "ai", function () require("various-textobjs").indentation(false, true) end)

Advanced Usage

Opening a regex at regex101

You can also use the text objects as input for small snippets by yanking them and using getreg(). The following example uses the outer regex text object to retrieve pattern, flags, and replacement value of the next regex, and opens regex101 prefilled with them:

vim.keymap.set("n", "gR", function()
    require("various-textobjs").jsRegex(false) -- set visual selection to outer regex
    vim.cmd.normal { '"zy', bang = true } -- retrieve regex with "z as intermediary
    local regex = vim.fn.getreg("z")

    local pattern = regex:match("/(.*)/")
    local flags = regex:match("/.*/(.*)")
    local replacement = fn.getline("."):match('replace ?%(/.*/.*, ?"(.-)"')

    local url = "" .. pattern .. "&flags=" .. flags
    if replacement then url = url .. "&subst=" .. replacement end

    local opener
    if vim.fn.has("macunix") then
        opener = "open"
    elseif vim.fn.has("unix") then
        opener = "xdg-open"
    elseif vim.fn.has("win64") or fn.has("win32") then
        opener = "start"
    os.execute(opener .. "'" .. url .. "'")
end, { desc = "Open next js regex in regex101" })

Smart Alternative to gx

Using the URL textobj, you can also write a small snippet for a smarter gx. The code below retrieves the next URL (within the amount of lines configured in the setup call), and opens it in your browser. While this is already an improvement to vim's built-in gx, which requires the cursor to be standing on a URL to work, you can even go one step further. If no URL has been found within the next few lines, the :UrlView command from urlview.nvim is triggered, searching the entire buffer for URLs from which you can choose which to open.

vim.keymap.set("n", "gx", function ()
    require("various-textobjs").url() -- select URL
    local foundURL = fn.mode():find("v") -- only switches to visual mode if found
    local url
    if foundURL then
        vim.cmd.normal { '"zy', bang = true } -- retrieve URL with "z as intermediary
        url = fn.getreg("z")

        local opener
        if vim.fn.has("macunix") then
            opener = "open"
        elseif vim.fn.has("unix") then
            opener = "xdg-open"
        elseif vim.fn.has("win64") or fn.has("win32") then
            opener = "start"
        os.execute(opener .. "'" .. url .. "'")
        -- if not found in proximity, search whole buffer via urlview.nvim instead
end, {desc = "Smart URL Opener"})

Other Text-Object Plugins


  • dot-repeatability. Any pointers or help on making text objects dot-repeatable are welcome. (All plugins/guides I could found implement dot-repeatability for normal mode mappings, and that method doesn't seem to work for operator-pending mode.) See also this issue.
  • use treesitter for some textobjs


Kudos to the Valuable Dev for their blog post on how to get started with creating custom text objects.

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