When I copy line three below in evil-mode

function foo() {
var bar; #copy

and paste it at line two, I get

function foo() {
var bar; #paste

instead of the correctly indented

function foo() {
  var bar; #paste

I'd like to automatically indent my newly-pasted lines of code, and in vim, the fix for this is to remap the p key to "nnoremap gp p`[v`]=".

I figured that I could use the following in my init.el file to replicate the behaviour:

(fset 'paste-and-indent
(define-key evil-normal-state-map (kbd "p") 'paste-and-indent)

But when I try to use the code, upon pressing p I get "After 0 kbd macro iterations: Lisp nesting exceeds 'max-lisp-eval-depth'." I'm confused by this, as max-lisp-eval-depth is set to 800!

Can anyone offer advice on how to implement this behaviour in evil-mode emacs?

4 Answers 4


This is possible using evil-indent and evil-get-marker.

This uses emacs-29's with-undo-amagamate macro so the operation doesn't create multiple undo entries.

(defun paste-and-indent-after ()
    (evil-paste-after 1)
    (evil-indent (evil-get-marker ?\[) (evil-get-marker ?\]))))
(defun paste-and-indent-before ()
    (evil-paste-before 1)
    (evil-indent (evil-get-marker ?\[) (evil-get-marker ?\]))))

;; Bindings for evil leader
(evil-leader/set-key "p" 'paste-and-indent-after)
(evil-leader/set-key "P" 'paste-and-indent-before)

Note that I couldn't get other answers here working.


This isn't a perfect solution, but it's the best I've found so far:

(fset 'indent-pasted-text
  "p" 'indent-pasted-text

This setup means that after pasting, I can hit <leader>p to correctly indent the text. I'm sure there's a better solution, and if you have one feel free to share it—I'll accept your answer instead.


You could define a text object based on the fact that (point) and (mark) are set after a past.

(define-key evil-inner-text-objects-map (kbd "P") 'my-evil-pasted-region)

(evil-define-text-object my-evil-pasted-region (count &optional beg end type)
  "Select region that was pasted"
  (evil-range (point) (mark)))

Then >iP will indent the last pasted region.


Your solution failed because it has unbounded recursion; the first thing it does is call whatever is bound to the "p" key, which is itself. Try something like this instead:

(defun paste-and-indent ()
  (evil-paste-after 0)
  • So if I unbind the p key first, it should work?
    – achalk
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 0:21
  • If you unbind the 'p' key then it won't call anything at all; that won't help you.
    – db48x
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 0:23
  • I see. I've tried the above function, but it gives me Wrong type argument: commandp, paste-and-indent
    – achalk
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 0:28
  • Sorry, that's what I get for typing this into a textbox instead of into Emacs iteself.
    – db48x
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 0:30
  • 1
    Ok, now it says Wrong number of arguments: (2 . 3), 0.
    – achalk
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 0:33

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