Perform Case Insensitive Searches in Vi or Vim

Posted February 17, 2004 by Quinn McHenry in UNIX

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The default behavior of searches in vi/vim is case sensitive. A simple setting allows case insensitive searches.

By default, the following search string entered in command mode will find only instances of Tech-Recipes which match the upper and lower case exactly:


To ignore case in the searches, enter the following command:

:set ignorecase

This command can be abbreviated :set ic. To turn off this feature, use the following:

:set noignorecase


About Quinn McHenry

Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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