If you’re editing it, you can reload it with:
% stands for current file name (see
:h current-file) and
:so is short for
:source, which reads the content of the specified file and treats it as Vim code.
In general, to re-load the currently active .vimrc, use the following (see Daily Vim):
Even better, you configure Vim to watch for changes in your
.vimrc and automatically reload the config.
augroup myvimrc au! au BufWritePost .vimrc,_vimrc,vimrc,.gvimrc,_gvimrc,gvimrc so $MYVIMRC | if has('gui_running') | so $MYGVIMRC | endif augroup END
Source: this answer on SO
Note: this particular method watches for the many variations of Vim config filenames so that it’s compatible with GUI Vim, Windows Vim, etc.
" Quickly edit/reload this configuration file nnoremap gev :e $MYVIMRC<CR> nnoremap gsv :so $MYVIMRC<CR>
Completely automated solution
To automatically reload upon save, add the following to your
if has ('autocmd') " Remain compatible with earlier versions augroup vimrc " Source vim configuration upon save autocmd! BufWritePost $MYVIMRC source % | echom "Reloaded " . $MYVIMRC | redraw autocmd! BufWritePost $MYGVIMRC if has('gui_running') | so % | echom "Reloaded " . $MYGVIMRC | endif | redraw augroup END endif " has autocmd
and then for the last time, type:
The next time you save your
vimrc, it will be automatically reloaded.
- Tells the user what has happened (also logging to
- Handles various names for the configuration files
- Ensures that it wil only match the actual configuration file (ignores copies in other directories, or a
- Won’t generate an error if using
Of course, the automatic reload will only happen if you edit your
vimrc in vim.