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Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to:

See the wiki and Roadmap for more information.

Throughput Graph


See :help nvim-features for the full list!

Install from source

make CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RelWithDebInfo
sudo make install

To install to a non-default location, set CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:

make install

To list all targets:

cmake --build build --target help

To skip "bundled" (third-party/*) dependencies define USE_BUNDLED=NO.

See the wiki for details.

Install from package

Pre-built packages for Windows, macOS, and Linux are found at the Releases page.

Managed packages are in Homebrew, Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch Linux, Gentoo, and more!

Transitioning from Vim

See :help nvim-from-vim for instructions.

Project layout

├─ ci/              build automation
├─ cmake/           build scripts
├─ runtime/         user plugins/docs
├─ src/             application source code (see src/nvim/
│  ├─ api/          API subsystem
│  ├─ eval/         VimL subsystem
│  ├─ event/        event-loop subsystem
│  ├─ generators/   code generation (pre-compilation)
│  ├─ lib/          generic data structures
│  ├─ lua/          lua subsystem
│  ├─ msgpack_rpc/  RPC subsystem
│  ├─ os/           low-level platform code
│  └─ tui/          built-in UI
├─ third-party/     cmake subproject to build dependencies
└─ test/            tests (see test/


Neovim is licensed under the terms of the Apache 2.0 license, except for parts that were contributed under the Vim license.

  • Contributions committed before b17d96 remain under the Vim license.

  • Contributions committed after b17d96 are licensed under Apache 2.0 unless those contributions were copied from Vim (identified in the commit logs by the vim-patch token).

See LICENSE for details.

Vim is Charityware.  You can use and copy it as much as you like, but you are
encouraged to make a donation for needy children in Uganda.  Please see the
kcc section of the vim docs or visit the ICCF web site, available at these URLs:

You can also sponsor the development of Vim.  Vim sponsors can vote for
features.  The money goes to Uganda anyway.