Normal mode


NOTE: f, F, t and T are not confined to the current line.

h, LeftMove left
j, DownMove down
k, UpMove up
l, RightMove right
wMove next word start
bMove previous word start
eMove next word end
tFind 'till next char
fFind next char
TFind 'till previous char
FFind previous char
HomeMove to the start of the line
EndMove to the end of the line
mJump to matching bracket
PageUpMove page up
PageDownMove page down
Ctrl-uMove half page up
Ctrl-dMove half page down
Ctrl-iJump forward on the jumplist TODO: conflicts tab
Ctrl-oJump backward on the jumplist
vEnter select (extend) mode
gEnter goto mode
:Enter command mode
zEnter view mode
Ctrl-wEnter window mode (maybe will be remove for spc w w later)
SpaceEnter space mode
KShow documentation for the item under the cursor


rReplace with a character
RReplace with yanked text
iInsert before selection
aInsert after selection (append)
IInsert at the start of the line
AInsert at the end of the line
oOpen new line below selection
oOpen new line above selection
uUndo change
URedo change
yYank selection
pPaste after selection
PPaste before selection
>Indent selection
<Unindent selection
=Format selection
dDelete selection
cChange selection (delete and enter insert mode)

Selection manipulation

sSelect all regex matches inside selections
SSplit selection into subselections on regex matches
Alt-sSplit selection on newlines
;Collapse selection onto a single cursor
Alt-;Flip selection cursor and anchor
%Select entire file
xSelect current line
XExtend to next line
[Expand selection to parent syntax node TODO: pick a key
Jjoin lines inside selection
Kkeep selections matching the regex TODO: overlapped by hover help
Spacekeep only the primary selection TODO: overlapped by space mode
Ctrl-cComment/uncomment the selections

TODO: The search implementation isn't ideal yet -- we don't support searching in reverse, or searching via smartcase.

/Search for regex pattern
nSelect next search match
NAdd next search match to selection
*Use current selection as the search pattern


NOTE: [ and ] will likely contain more pair mappings in the style of vim-unimpaired

[dGo to previous diagnostic
]dGo to next diagnostic
[DGo to first diagnostic in document
]DGo to last diagnostic in document

Select / extend mode

I'm still pondering whether to keep this mode or not. It changes movement commands to extend the existing selection instead of replacing it.

NOTE: It's a bit confusing at the moment because extend hasn't been implemented for all movement commands yet.

View mode

View mode is intended for scrolling and manipulating the view without changing the selection.

z , cVertically center the line
tAlign the line to the top of the screen
bAlign the line to the bottom of the screen
mAlign the line to the middle of the screen (horizontally)
jScroll the view downwards
kScroll the view upwards

Goto mode

Jumps to various locations.

NOTE: Some of these features are only available with the LSP present.

gGo to the start of the file
eGo to the end of the file
hGo to the start of the line
lGo to the end of the line
sGo to first non-whitespace character of the line
tGo to the top of the screen
mGo to the middle of the screen
bGo to the bottom of the screen
dGo to definition
yGo to type definition
rGo to references
iGo to implementation
aGo to the last accessed/alternate file

Object mode

TODO: Mappings for selecting syntax nodes (a superset of [).

Window mode

This layer is similar to vim keybindings as kakoune does not support window.

w, ctrl-wSwitch to next window
v, ctrl-vVertical right split
h, ctrl-hHorizontal bottom split
q, ctrl-qClose current window

Space mode

This layer is a kludge of mappings I had under leader key in neovim.

fOpen file picker
bOpen buffer picker
sOpen symbol picker (current document)
wEnter window mode
spaceKeep primary selection TODO: it's here because space mode replaced it


Keys to use within picker.

Up, Ctrl-pPrevious entry
Down, Ctrl-nNext entry
Ctrl-spaceFilter options
EnterOpen selected
Ctrl-hOpen horizontally
Ctrl-vOpen vertically
Escape, ctrl-cClose picker