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Better Term

The improved vscode terminal for Neovim written in pure lua


I like the concept of vscode terminal, if you are like me, this complement will be the best of your options. Normally I like to stay inside the editor, if I can make coffee in the editor, believe me I would do it. So having an integrated terminal is the most sensible option, however I tried for a long time to use the integrated terminal of neovim and I didn't get used to write so much to do what I wanted, so I tried and tried plugins, which were not for me, I just wanted something simple and usable, without so many complications. Then as other times I started to program and from that Saturday afternoon came out this plugin. I hope you enjoy it and make all your PR's.

By the way, it's called betterTerm, because it's the best for me. But for you it could very well suck.


  • Neovim (>= 0.8)


use { 'CRAG666/betterTerm.nvim' }
require "paq"{'CRAG666/betterTerm.nvim';}

Quick start

Add the following line to your init.lua



  • Toggle term
  • Multi term
  • Close the terminal as always, no rare mapping were added, just use :q to close
  • Send command
  • Select the terminal you need, with Neovim's native selector
  • If you want you could have HotReload easily
  • Bring the terminal focus to your current tab, no matter if the terminal is open in tab 100 and you need it in tab 1.


  • :lua require("config.betterTerm").open(num) - Show or hide a specific terminal(num: terminal id).
  • :lua require("config.betterTerm").send(cmd, num, press) - Send a command to a specific terminal(cmd: command, num: terminal id, press: Press clean and/or interrupt).
  • :lua require("config.betterTerm").select() -Select any terminal.Whether you want to show or hide(use: as backend).

Recommended keymaps

No keymaps is assigned by default.It is better that you do it yourself, I will show my preferred keymaps:

local betterTerm = require('betterTerm')
-- toggle firts term
vim.keymap.set({"n", "t"}, "<C->",, { desc = "Open terminal"})
-- Select term focus
vim.keymap.set({"n", "t"}, "<leader>tt",, { desc = "Select terminal"})
-- Create new term
local current = 2
    {"n", "t"}, "<leader>tn",
        current = current + 1
    { desc = "New terminal"}


  • prefix: It is used to create the names and a autocmd(default: Term_).
  • startInserted: Should the terminal be in insert mode when opened(default: true)
  • position: Integrated terminal position(for option :h opening-window, default: bot)
  • size: Size of the terminal window (default: 18)


-- this is a config example
require('betterTerm').setup {
  prefix = "CRAG_",
  startInserted = false,
  position = "bot",
  size = 25

Default values

require('betterTerm').setup {
  prefix = "Term_",
  startInserted = true,
  position = "bot",
  size = 18

Integration with code_runner.nvim

-- use the best keymap for you
-- change 1 for other terminal id
-- Change "get_filetype_command()" to "get_project_command().command" for running projects
vim.keymap.set("n", "<leader>e", function()
  require("betterTerm").send(require("code_runner.commands").get_filetype_command(), 1, { clean = false, interrupt = true })
end, { desc = "Excute File"})

You can have Hotreload for any language if instead of assigning a keymap, create an autocmd for the language you want to add Hotreload


Your help is needed to make this plugin the best of its kind, be free to contribute, criticize (don't be soft) or contribute ideas. All PR's are welcome.

⚠️ Important!

If you have any ideas to improve this project, do not hesitate to make a request, if problems arise, try to solve them and publish them. Don't be so picky I did this in one afternoon

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