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Using IdeaVim with IntelliJ

I’ve been a VIM user for a few years and I’m also using the IdeaVim plugin in IntelliJ. The following configuration and features helped me a lot.

  • You can configure the same keymappings that you have in your regular VIM in the ~/.ideavimrc file.
  • Setting idearefactormode to keep makes the behavior of refactorings such as renamings more deterministic.
  • In a dialog hitting <Esc> won’t work since it closes the dialog, but if your cursor is caught in selection mode, pressing Ctrl+] works without moving your hands off the home row.
  • The GitHub repository provides helpful guidance on configuration and which features are supported.
  • The ideajoin mode is a nice feature that can “smart-join” strings, control structures, and others.

This is how ideajoin works, when joining with Shift+J:

You can find my .ideavimrc config file in my Dotfiles on GitHub.

Published on Java Code Geeks with permission by Sebastian Daschner, partner at our JCG program. See the original article here: Using IdeaVim with IntelliJ

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Sebastian Daschner

Sebastian Daschner is a self-employed Java consultant and trainer. He is the author of the book 'Architecting Modern Java EE Applications'. Sebastian is a Java Champion, Oracle Developer Champion and JavaOne Rockstar.
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