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Count number of matches of a pattern

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created 2005 · complexity basic · author Marc Weber · version 5.7

To count the number of matches of a pattern, you could enter a substitute command such as


After viewing the count in the status line, press u to undo the change.

However, in recent versions of Vim, there is a better procedure. The following will display the count, but will not change the buffer.


Similarly you can display the number of lines the pattern matches by omitting the g.


In newer versions of VIM, if you want to know the amount of matches of some lines, you may use the substitute command without the % such as:





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