evil-mode does not seem to bind keys in the minibuffer. Is there a way to use evil in the minibuffer? It's hard to use Vim-style keybindings everywhere BUT the minibuffer.

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    Implement it and submit a PR.
    – wasamasa
    Sep 28, 2017 at 5:13
  • The closest thing I know to doing this is if you want to just use vim-style keybindings to edit :ex commands (ie. those that you type after typing :). You can do that by using the q: command. Even if it doesn't quite do what you want, it's super useful and well worth learning.
    – izkon
    Sep 29, 2017 at 8:20

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PR #1059 implemented this. Turn it on like this:

(setq evil-want-minibuffer t)

Watch out not to become too evil! :D

  • By the way, it was merged. Jan 6, 2019 at 13:01
  • Thank you SO_MUCH for this! Dec 8, 2020 at 7:32
  • Is there an update to this which allows visually seeing which evil state the minibuffer is in? (For example, viper does this by changing the minibuffer text color.)
    – mtraceur
    Apr 5, 2023 at 16:59
  • To be clear, I mean specifically seeing the evil state in the minibuffer in a terminal. In the GUI, the cursor is visual indicator enough, but sadly in many terminals the cursor doesn't visually change between insert and command mode. (Worst case scenario I can eventually figure out and copy what viper is doing to change minibuffer "face" depending on it's state, and figure out how to do something similar, but if something exists out-of-the-box that would be nice.)
    – mtraceur
    Apr 5, 2023 at 17:31
  • Answering my own comment (I will eventually fork this into its own question, although I do think it's very relevant here too): there is no such feature in Evil that I've been able to find, but I eventually figured out how to implement it fairly easily.
    – mtraceur
    Apr 16, 2023 at 16:34

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