Neovim From Scratch

📚 A Neovim config designed from scratch to be understandable
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Update When I initially created this repo I didn't anticipate the amount of breaking changes introduced by the rapidly developing plugin ecosystem. If you'd like to use the same basic config as this one as a base I can also recommend my newer repo: nvim-basic-ide

Another Update All packages are pinned in master so it will remain stable. Branches will be updated eventually (currently broken from branch #7 onwards. Hint: Good opportunity for pull requests!).

This repository and accompanying tutorials outline the building blocks of modern Neovim for your personalized development environment. Each video is associated with a branch so checkout the one you are interested in, you can follow along with this playlist.

General Neovim support is available on our Matrix chat.

Try out this config

This config requires Neovim v0.8.0. Please upgrade if you're on an earlier version of the editor.

Clone the repository into the correct location (make a backup your current nvim directory if you want to keep it).

git clone ~/.config/nvim

Run nvim in your terminal and wait for the plugins to be installed. You will notice treesitter pulling in a bunch of language parsers the next time you open Neovim.

NOTE Mason is used to install and manage LSP servers, DAP servers, linters, and formatters via the :Mason command.

Get healthy

Open nvim and enter the following:


You'll probably notice you don't have support for copy/paste also that python and node haven't been setup

So let's fix that

First we'll fix copy/paste

  • On mac pbcopy should be builtin

  • On Ubuntu

    sudo apt install xsel
  • On Arch Linux

    sudo pacman -S xsel
  • Wayland users


Next we need to install python support (node is optional)

  • Neovim python support

    pip install pynvim
  • Neovim node support

    npm i -g neovim

NOTE make sure you have node installed, I recommend a node manager like fnm.

Upgrade to Neovim v0.8.0

Assuming you built from source, cd into the folder where you cloned neovim and run the following commands.

git pull
make distclean && make CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release
git checkout v0.8.0
sudo make install
nvim -v

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- Edsger W. Dijkstra

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