ZSH Easter Eggs

To complement my previous article on ZSH FZF completion I've discovered very unknown features of Zle which should be worthy of mention.

URL Quotings

Have you ever tried to paste a URL with ? in it directly to a wget or curl command? Most probably you've recieved a No matches found error because ? is interpreted as a special character by most shells, including ZSH. Most people's workaround for this is to quote the URL with single or double quotes. Another workaround is prepending \ to every special character such as ? in the URL.

Well I have good news for you. Someone has already taken care of this problem for you. The solution is called url-quote-magic. Just add the following lines to your .zshrc and you are good to go:

autoload -Uz url-quote-magic
zle -N self-insert url-quote-magic

On my installation it is more thoroughly explained in the comments at the top of the file: /usr/share/zsh/functions/Zle/url-quote-magic

Select Text Around Brackets

I don't know about you, but since I use Neovim as my main text editor, I chose to bindkey -v and sync my vim key mappings with their equivalents in ZSH's built-in Zle functions.

A well known concept in Vim's text editing are text objects. For example the text between a set of brackets or parenthesis is called a text object. If this information is not new to you and you use Vim, you may appreciate the following addition to your .zshrc:

autoload -U select-bracketed
zle -N select-bracketed
for m in visual viopp; do
    for c in {a,i}${(s..)^:-'()[]{}<>bB'}; do
        bindkey -M $m $c select-bracketed

This snippet was taken from a file called select-bracketed found in the same directory as url-quote-magic (/usr/share/zsh/functions/Zle/select-bracketed on my ZSH installation).

Select Text Around quotes

Just like with the above new bindings, the same was written for quotes such as `, ' and ". Try add the following from /usr/share/zsh/functions/Zle/select-quoted:

autoload -U select-quoted
zle -N select-quoted
for m in visual viopp; do
    for c in {a,i}{\',\",\`}; do
        bindkey -M $m $c select-quoted


I hope you'll enjoy these little tweaks, I was really excited to find them out while inspecting the files that got shipped with my ZSH distribution here on Arch Linux.