How to install and use NeoVim

Bash terminal running in split window in NeoVim
Bash terminal running in split window in NeoVim

NeoVim is a fork of Vim that is focused on adding much-needed modern features. One of the coolest new features of NeoVim is that you can spawn fully-featured terminals inside it. Installing and using NeoVim on Ubuntu is a breeze. I am able to use my Vim configuration and all my Vim plugins without any change with NeoVim!

  • To install:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:neovim-ppa/unstable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install neovim
  • If you are using plugins, then you will need to install the NeoVim Python module:
$ sudo pip install neovim
  • Note that the config directory for NeoVim is ~/.config/nvim You could create a symbolic link to your ~/.vim for this.

  • Note that the configuration file for NeoVim is ~/.config/nvim/init.vim You could create a symbolic link to your ~/.vimrc for this.

  • To start NeoVim: nvim

  • To open a terminal in NeoVim try :terminal 🙂

Tried with: NeoVim 0.1.3 and Ubuntu 14.04

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