Diving into Neovim: Features, Benefits, and Basics

Neovim is all the rage within the Linux community nowadays, but what is it? How does it differ from traditional Vim? In this video, Jay will give you a basic overview of Neovim and its benefits.

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Installation

Download Neovim from here. Releases are available for most manor operating systems.

For those of you that are using a Linux distribution based on Debian/Ubuntu, you can install Neovim by running this command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install neovim

For Ubuntu users, you can obtain a newer version of Neovim by installing it with the following command:

sudo snap install nvim --classic

Other Commands Used

Enable/Disable Line Numbers

To enable line numbers in Neovim, run the following command from command mode:

set number

Disable line numbers:

set nonumber

Installing vim-plug

Run the following command to install vim-plug, a plugin manager that simplifies adding plugins to Neovim.

sh -c 'curl -fLo "${XDG_DATA_HOME:-$HOME/.local/share}"/nvim/site/autoload/plug.vim --create-dirs \
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/junegunn/vim-plug/master/plug.vim'

init.vim Example

Here’s some sample configuration that you may place inside your init.vim file, to customize Neovim.

set number

call plug#Begin()
    " Color Scheme
    Plug 'EdenEast/nightfox.nvim'
call plug#end()

Activate plugins you may have placed inside your init.vim file by running the following command from within Neovim while in command mode:

:PlugInstall

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