I am newbie here, need some help.

After upgrade magit to v2.1.0 this morning, i found some short keys are different from the early version. What bothers me is this:

when I use some short key(for example 'b'), it shows the option windows, in early version, i just type another short key in the option window to do the action (like checkout branch). But now in v2.1.0 i find i can't do it anymore. As I use evil-mode for vim operation, the option windows is in evil-mode, and i only can use magit short key after i enter the insert mode of evil-mode.

Can anyone tells me how to disable evil-mode in the whole magit?

  • What I would recommend is to only enable evil-local-mode for the modes you actually need Evil in (e.g. writing text modes, programming modes). You can do this with hooks. And optionally you can have a handy key-binding to toggle evil-local-mode on demand. (e.g. john2x.com/emacs.html#sec-8-19). Alternatively, you can toggle Evil's "emacs mode" by pressing C-z.
    – john2x
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 3:59
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    Don't. Evil is intended to be used as global mode.
    – wasamasa
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 9:00
  • I did not know that. Yeah, that show-paren thing has been bugging me for a long time. I didn't realize it was because I was using evil-local-mode. I guess it's time to shave some yaks.
    – john2x
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 10:41

2 Answers 2


Evil has the concept of states (just like modes in Vim). Customize the initial state of Magit buffers to not be normal anymore:

(eval-after-load 'evil-core
  '(evil-set-initial-state 'magit-popup-mode 'emacs))

Alternatively, upgrade your Evil installation because this got added to their whitelist of initial states :)

  • Would it be possible to do the reverse? Make emacs as the default state, and only set to normal state on select modes?
    – john2x
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 10:42
  • Sure, but it would be even more tedious to do so unless you have a hack to make the lookup of the initial state somewhat automatic. An example of this can be found in my init.org.
    – wasamasa
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 10:46
  • I've got in contact with upstream, but there hasn't been much of a reaction yet.
    – wasamasa
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 10:47

You can do something like that:

(add-hook 'after-change-major-mode-hook
            '(lambda () 
               (evil-mode (if (or (equal major-mode 'magit-log-mode) (equal major-mode 'magit-popup-mode) (equal major-mode 'magit-status-mode)(equal major-mode 'magit-mode)) 0 1))))

But magit is a set of major mode and it will not work every where. For example the commit window is in text-mode so you need to add text-mode

(add-hook 'after-change-major-mode-hook
                '(lambda () 
                   (evil-mode (if (or (equal major-mode 'text-mode) (equal major-mode 'magit-log-mode) (equal major-mode 'magit-popup-mode) (equal major-mode 'magit-status-mode)(equal major-mode 'magit-mode)) 0 1))))

But now text-mode is not in evil-mode so... Maybe the good solution is https://github.com/tarleb/evil-rebellion


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