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How to generate TOC by using vim function

xjantoth profile image Jan Toth Updated on ・2 min read

I had this requirement when writing README.md file to generate TOC (Table Of Content) automatically in vim right above the particular ### 34. Title XYZ

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Let's pretend here is my title in markdown.

vim README.md

...
### 20. This is my title I would like to generate TOC for

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing 
and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been 
the industrys standard dummy text ever since 
the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley 
of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. 
It has survived not only five centuries, but publishing 
software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

...
:wq!

Here is the code snippet you need to paste in your ~/.vimrc

" quick .vimrc access with ,t
function! Toc()
  let $file = @%
  let $linenr = line(".")
  .t.
  w
  "echo system('sed -i -E "${linenr}s/^[#]{2,} (.*)/<!-- - [\1](#\L\1) ->/; :a s/(\(#[^ ]+) /\1-/g; ta" $file')
  echo system('sed -i -E  -e "${linenr}s/^[#]{2,} (.*)/<!-- - [\1](#\L\1) ->/; :a s/(\(#[^ ]+) /\1-/g; ta" -e "s/(.*)(\(#[0-9]{1,2})(\.)(.*)/\1\2\4/g" $file')
  e!
endfunction

let mapleader = ","
" quick .vimrc access with ,t
nmap <leader>t :call Toc()<CR>

Open up your README.md file once again and navigate to line:

  • (### 20. What is Lorem Ipsum?) with your title.
  • hit ,t keys + Enter
vim README.md

...
### 20. This is my title I would like to generate TOC for

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing 
and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been 
the industrys standard dummy text ever since 
the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley 
of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. 
It has survived not only five centuries, but publishing 
software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

...
:wq!

Output:

vim README.md
...

<!-- - [20. This is my title I would like to generate TOC for](#20-this-is-my-title-i-would-like-to-generate-toc-for)-->
### 20. This is my title I would like to generate TOC for

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing 
and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been 
the industrys standard dummy text ever since 
the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley 
of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. 
It has survived not only five centuries, but publishing 
software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.
...

:wq!

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