Given I have a group of commands such as:

augroup MyGroup
  autocmd CursorMoved * silent call MyCommandOne()
augroup END

I want to disable all the autocommands in MyGroup for a time and then re-enable it later.

Is there anything I can do with the group? Specifically, is there a way to disable the whole group at once? If not, what can I do to disable individual commands?

Looking at the help, I only see a few options:

  • augroup! will delete the whole group: I don't think this is right since I will want to re-enable it again. (But maybe there's a way to easily redefine the group again?)
  • :noautocmd will only disable the callbacks for a one-off invocation of a command. (And it disables all autocmds, not specified ones)
  • eventignore addresses the event binding, not the command: it sounds like it disables all bound commands for a given event, not just one command or a group I can specify.

How is this done?

4 Answers 4


From :help autocmd:

If you want to skip autocommands for one command, use the :noautocmd command
modifier or the 'eventignore' option.

From :help :noautocmd:

To disable autocommands for just one command use the ":noautocmd" command
modifier.  This will set 'eventignore' to "all" for the duration of the
following command.  Example:

    :noautocmd w fname.gz

This will write the file without triggering the autocommands defined by the
gzip plugin.

So it appears :noautocmd is what you are looking for.

In what context do you want to disable an augroup?

  • Thanks for your answer, but I read this in the docs already. I clarified my question to (hopefully) show what I'm looking for.
    – Andrew Vit
    Jun 21, 2012 at 8:45

From here, it seems that this achieves it:

:augroup Foo
:autocmd BufEnter * :echo "hello"
:augroup END


:autocmd! Foo BufEnter *

For anyone who doesn't have the original posters requirement of being able to restore the augroup, :autocmd! <augroup name> is the command to simply delete all autocmd in an augroup, e.g.:

:autocmd! MyGroup

If you want to temporarily disable autocmd globally for a given event, you can do:

set eventignore=CursorMoved,CursorMovedI,InsertLeave

...listing whichever events you want to temporarily ignore. This won't be limited to a specific augroup however.

To re-enable these events just reset eventignore:

set eventignore=""

Dropping this answer here in case anyone stumbles upon this question like I did but none of the other answers suffice for their situation.

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