When searching for text in evil mode using / key, then entering text. The value searched for isn't saved as it is in vim, where the up/down arrow keys can cycle search history.

Is it possible for emacs/evil mode to store each search as it does with : commands?

Update, isearch keys aren't configured for vim-like behavior.

I looked into this and the isearch keymap can be modified, will add own answer.


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You will find things more Vim like with the Evil search module rather than isearch search module with Evil :

(evil-select-search-module 'evil-search-module 'evil-search)

To have up/down arrow keys cycle history as with vim, you can define isearch keymap.

(define-key isearch-mode-map (kbd "<down>") 'isearch-ring-advance)
(define-key isearch-mode-map (kbd "<up>") 'isearch-ring-retreat)

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