pi_paren.txt For Vim version 9.0. Last change: 2013 May 08
VIM REFERENCE MANUAL by Bram Moolenaar
Highlighting matching parens matchparen
The functionality mentioned here is a standard-plugin.
This plugin is only available if 'compatible' is not set.
You can avoid loading this plugin by setting the "loaded_matchparen" variable:
:let loaded_matchparen = 1
The plugin installs CursorMoved, CursorMovedI and WinEnter autocommands to
redefine the match highlighting.
To disable the plugin after it was loaded use this command:
And to enable it again:
The highlighting used is MatchParen. You can specify different colors with
the ":highlight" command. Example:
:hi MatchParen ctermbg=blue guibg=lightblue
The characters to be matched come from the 'matchpairs' option. You can
change the value to highlight different matches. Note that not everything is
possible. For example, you can't highlight single or double quotes, because
the start and end are equal.
The syntax highlighting attributes are used. When the cursor currently is not
in a string or comment syntax item, then matches inside string and comment
syntax items are ignored. Any syntax items with "string" or "comment"
somewhere in their name are considered string or comment items.
The search is limited to avoid a delay when moving the cursor. The limits
- What is visible in the window.
- 100 lines above or below the cursor to avoid a long delay when there are
- 'synmaxcol' times 2 bytes before or after the cursor to avoid a delay
in a long line with syntax highlighting.
- A timeout of 300 msec (60 msec in Insert mode). This can be changed with the
g:matchparen_timeout and g:matchparen_insert_timeout variables and their
buffer-local equivalents b:matchparen_timeout and
If you would like the % command to work better, the matchit plugin can be
used, see matchit-install. This plugin also helps to skip matches in
comments. This is unrelated to the matchparen highlighting, they use a