Understanding Rows

Rows in VisiData are pretty straightforward. The most important things you need to know are how to select/unselect them, move them, and edit their cells.

Selecting and Unselecting Rows

Many VisiData commands — such as filtering — distinguish between selected and unselected rows. You can select and unselect rows in a few ways:

One row at a time

Keystroke(s) Action
s Select the current row
u Unselect the current row
t Toggle the current row between selected/unselected

For instance, pressing s while on the second row of the FAA dataset should have the following effect:

 OPERATOR           | ATYPE          | INCIDENT_DATE      | STATE   | AIRPORT            | PHASE_O> 
 BUSINESS           | PA-28          | 05/22/15 00:00:00  | FL      | VERO BEACH MUNICIP…| APPROACH 
 BUSINESS           | BE-1900        | 06/18/15 00:00:00  | AK      | KENAI MUNICIPAL AR…| APPROACH 
 BUSINESS           | PA-46 MALIBU   | 09/20/15 00:00:00  | TX      | DAVID WAYNE HOOKS …|          
 DELTA AIR LINES    | B-717-200      | 11/07/15 00:00:00  | MO      | LAMBERT-ST LOUIS I…| APPROACH 
 BUSINESS           | BE-90 KING     | 12/17/15 00:00:00  | FL      | POMPANO BEACH AIRP…| LANDING… 
 DELTA AIR LINES    | B-757          | 07/17/15 00:00:00  | VI      | HENRY E ROHLSEN AR…|          
 DELTA AIR LINES    | B-717-200      | 08/02/15 00:00:00  | TX      | SAN ANTONIO INTL   | APPROACH 
 BUSINESS           | C-414          | 08/03/15 00:00:00  | TX      | LONE STAR EXECUTIV…| DEPARTU… 
 ALLEGIANT AIR      | MD-80          | 09/02/15 00:00:00  | FL      | TAMPA INTL         | APPROACH 
 TRANS STATES AIRLI…| EMB-145        | 09/07/15 00:00:00  | MO      | LAMBERT-ST LOUIS I…| APPROACH 
 BUSINESS           | C-172          | 11/28/15 00:00:00  | FL      | OPA-LOCKA EXECUTIV…| APPROACH 
 GOVERNMENT         | EC120          | 12/08/15 00:00:00  | CA      | NORMAN Y. MINETA S…|          
 AMERICAN AIRLINES  | A-321          | 05/06/15 00:00:00  | FL      | FORT LAUDERDALE/HO…| APPROACH 
 EXPRESSJET AIRLINES| CRJ100/200     | 05/06/15 00:00:00  | AR      | FORT SMITH REGIONA…| CLIMB    
 MESA AIRLINES      | CRJ900         | 05/08/15 00:00:00  | AR      | BILL AND  HILLARY …| LANDING… 
 BUSINESS           | HELICOPTER     | 05/06/15 00:00:00  |         | UNKNOWN            | En Route 
 DELTA AIR LINES    | A-320          | 05/07/15 00:00:00  | CA      | METRO OAKLAND INTL |          
 DELTA AIR LINES    | A-320          | 05/08/15 00:00:00  | UT      | SALT LAKE CITY INTL|          
 LUFTHANSA          | A-380          | 05/10/15 00:00:00  | TX      | GEORGE BUSH INTERC…| CLIMB    
 BUSINESS           | C-172          | 05/08/15 00:00:00  | FL      | ORLANDO SANFORD IN…| APPROACH 
 SPIRIT AIRLINES    | A-319          | 05/10/15 00:00:00  | IL      | CHICAGO O'HARE INT…| CLIMB    
 EXPRESSJET AIRLINES| EMB-145        | 05/11/15 00:00:00  | AL      | BIRMINGHAM-SHUTTLE…| LANDING… 
faa-wildlife-strikes| selected 1 rows                                              s     73448 rows 

All rows at the same time

Keystroke(s) Action
gs Select all rows
gu Unselect all rows
gt Toggle all rows between selected/unselected

By matching patterns

Keystroke(s) Action
| + term Select all rows where term matches the current column
\ + term Unselect all rows where term matches the current column
g| + term Select all rows where term matches any column
g\ + term Unselect all rows where term matches any column
, Select all rows where the current column matches this rows’ value for that column
g, Select all rows where the any column matches this rows’ value for the current column

For instance, if you take the following steps:

  • Navigate to the STATE column
  • Press |
  • Type TX
  • Press Enter

… you should see this:

 OPERATOR           | ATYPE          | INCIDENT_DATE      | STATE   | AIRPORT            | PHASE_O> 
 BUSINESS           | PA-28          | 05/22/15 00:00:00  | FL      | VERO BEACH MUNICIP…| APPROACH 
 BUSINESS           | BE-1900        | 06/18/15 00:00:00  | AK      | KENAI MUNICIPAL AR…| APPROACH 
 BUSINESS           | PA-46 MALIBU   | 09/20/15 00:00:00  | TX      | DAVID WAYNE HOOKS …|          
 DELTA AIR LINES    | B-717-200      | 11/07/15 00:00:00  | MO      | LAMBERT-ST LOUIS I…| APPROACH 
 BUSINESS           | BE-90 KING     | 12/17/15 00:00:00  | FL      | POMPANO BEACH AIRP…| LANDING… 
 DELTA AIR LINES    | B-757          | 07/17/15 00:00:00  | VI      | HENRY E ROHLSEN AR…|          
 DELTA AIR LINES    | B-717-200      | 08/02/15 00:00:00  | TX      | SAN ANTONIO INTL   | APPROACH 
 BUSINESS           | C-414          | 08/03/15 00:00:00  | TX      | LONE STAR EXECUTIV…| DEPARTU… 
 ALLEGIANT AIR      | MD-80          | 09/02/15 00:00:00  | FL      | TAMPA INTL         | APPROACH 
 TRANS STATES AIRLI…| EMB-145        | 09/07/15 00:00:00  | MO      | LAMBERT-ST LOUIS I…| APPROACH 
 BUSINESS           | C-172          | 11/28/15 00:00:00  | FL      | OPA-LOCKA EXECUTIV…| APPROACH 
 GOVERNMENT         | EC120          | 12/08/15 00:00:00  | CA      | NORMAN Y. MINETA S…|          
 AMERICAN AIRLINES  | A-321          | 05/06/15 00:00:00  | FL      | FORT LAUDERDALE/HO…| APPROACH 
 EXPRESSJET AIRLINES| CRJ100/200     | 05/06/15 00:00:00  | AR      | FORT SMITH REGIONA…| CLIMB    
 MESA AIRLINES      | CRJ900         | 05/08/15 00:00:00  | AR      | BILL AND  HILLARY …| LANDING… 
 BUSINESS           | HELICOPTER     | 05/06/15 00:00:00  |         | UNKNOWN            | En Route 
 DELTA AIR LINES    | A-320          | 05/07/15 00:00:00  | CA      | METRO OAKLAND INTL |          
 DELTA AIR LINES    | A-320          | 05/08/15 00:00:00  | UT      | SALT LAKE CITY INTL|          
 LUFTHANSA          | A-380          | 05/10/15 00:00:00  | TX      | GEORGE BUSH INTERC…| CLIMB    
 BUSINESS           | C-172          | 05/08/15 00:00:00  | FL      | ORLANDO SANFORD IN…| APPROACH 
 SPIRIT AIRLINES    | A-319          | 05/10/15 00:00:00  | IL      | CHICAGO O'HARE INT…| CLIMB    
 EXPRESSJET AIRLINES| EMB-145        | 05/11/15 00:00:00  | AL      | BIRMINGHAM-SHUTTLE…| LANDING… 
faa-wildlife-strikes| "TX"                                                         |     73448  22% 

Moving Rows

You can move the position of row up or down using the following commands:

Keystroke(s) Action
Shift-J Move row up one spot
Shift-K Move row down one spot

Editing Row Cells

Even if you don’t want to edit your raw data in VisiData, knowing how to edit cells will still come in handy, since virtually everything — including settings — in VisiData is represented as columns and rows.

Here are the most basic commands:

Keystroke(s) Action
e Begin editing current cell
Enter Finish editing
Control-c Cancel editing
Control-a Move to beginning of line
Control-e Move to end of line
Control-k Clear contents from cursor’s position to end of line

Other keys — such as Delete, standard characters, and the arrow keys — work as expected. You can find a handful of additional special commands in VisiData’s quick reference.