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Vim: Delete every line in the file that does not match a pattern

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I realized the power of :g much later than many other commands in vim and I think this one has been there even in vi for a long time.

Here is a great tip that covers the virtues of :g in vim:

Tip #227: Power of :g

The reason I ended up with this tip was that I needed to find a simple command that would delete all lines matching a pattern.

I knew how to delete all lines that matched a pattern.


but I was looking for the inverse and I found it :g’s cousin :v in the above tip as a user comment.


did the job very well. Once again vim saved the day. 🙂


Written by imsaar

September 25, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Posted in editor

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  1. Like in “grep” and “grep -v”.

    Thanks for the tip.


    January 18, 2008 at 10:12 am

  2. Thanks, that was just what I was looking for. I added it to

    Poor Yorick

    July 28, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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