Notes mostly about software engineering and what I’m working on.

07 Feb 2020

Line Numbers In Vim

Vim doesn’t show line numbers by default, they can be turned on in your vim configuration. Vim has an absolute, relative and hybrid line numbering mode.

Absolute Line Numbers

Addding the number option to your vim config, Vim sets up absolute line numbers to show the line number for each line in the current buffer.

" set absolute numbers
set number " or
set nu

Relative Line Numbers

With the relativenumber option, each line in your file is numbered relative to the cursor’s current position.

" set relative numbers
set relativenumber " or
set rnu

" turn relative numbers off
:set norelativenumber
:set nornu

Hybrid Line Numbers

Setting number and relativenumber at the same time produces activates the hybrid line number mode. All lines will show their relative number, except for current line, which will show its absolute line number.

" turn hybrid numbers on
set relativenumber
set number " or
set rnu
set nu
" toggle hybrid line numbers
:set number! relativenumber!
:set nu! rnu!

That’s it. That’s the post. Got any questions, corrections? Leave a comment below!