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They work just fine if I use Terminal and start a vim session, but under iTerm I have to resort to using H-J-K-L to do left-up-down-right movement.

In both Terminal and iTerm TERM=xterm-color. My .vimrc is quite lean and there are no key bindings set in there that would causing this problem.

iTerm v0.10.

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Try the following:

  1. From the Bookmarks menu item, select Manage Bookmarks....
  2. Choose the Default bookmark and click the edit icon.
  3. Change the Keyboard setting to Global.
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That did the trick. Thanks. – Ian C. Oct 21 '10 at 17:29
I got the same problem on iTerm2. There's no Bookmarks menu :( – Wei Hu Apr 6 '11 at 0:31
@Wei: They're called Profiles in iTerm2. Profiles -> Open Profiles... and from there you can load the xterm defaults for Keyboard for the profile(s). – Ian C. Apr 6 '11 at 16:54
@Ian, thanks. I found the settings but loading the xterm defaults didn't fix the problem. – Wei Hu Apr 6 '11 at 22:31
@WeiHu: The original suggestion from sentinel was to load the Global setting, not the xterm one, and I expect this carries over to iTerm2 - I'll try as soon as I install iTerm2. I know that Ian C. wrote xterm, but maybe that was a typo. – Blaisorblade Aug 2 '12 at 22:57

The following worked for me.

In iTerm2:

  • Profiles -> Open Profiles...
  • Edit Profiles...
  • Keys tab
  • From Load Preset... drop-down, pick compatibility
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This is how I fixed:

nnoremap <silent> <ESC>^[A <Nop>
nnoremap <silent> <ESC>^[B <Nop>
nnoremap <silent> <ESC>^[D <Nop>
nnoremap <silent> <ESC>^[C <Nop>


The "^[" characters must not be typed, instead you get them by doing: -V and pressing the corresponding cursor arrow position (up,down,left,right).

Tested with: iTerm2 (Build

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