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Is there a way that I can automatically save the file when leaving insert state to go to normal state with ESC?

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(add-hook 'evil-insert-state-exit-hook
          (lambda ()
            (call-interactively #'save-buffer)))

This will call the underlying command of C-x C-s. You can also call evil-write if you prefer the :w command behaviour

  • I tried adding this to my .emacs file, but it didn't seem to save when exited insert state with the ESC key. I'm still new to emacs so there could be something else that I am missing. – Phaino Jun 13 at 4:16
  • try it again now: I've edited my answer because I had made a wrong copy-paste – Felipe Lema Jun 14 at 13:13
  • Works great! Thank you! – Phaino Jun 15 at 18:07

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