Visual Studio Code + Neovim
by Željko Filipin
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I’ve started using Vim in 2014. I’ve read a few books, wrote a few articles and gave a few talks on Vim. I really like editing text with Vim, but I was never happy with it’s file management, extensions, things like that.
I’ve noticed more and more people using VSCode so I gave it a try earlier this year. The only record I have is a commit in my dotfiles from a few days ago, but I know I’ve been using it for a few months. I liked VSCode in general. It has all the features I need and a lot of extensions. But, after using Vim, editing text using anything else feels like walking backwards. (Editing text using Vim feels like running. Forwards.)
vscode-neovim VSCode extension was all I needed to connect the two. A real Vim implementation (not an emulator!) inside VSCode.
You need three things. VSCode, Neovim and vscode-neovim.
Installing VSCode is simple, download the installer from the site.
Installing Neovim should also be simple. I’ve installed it on a Mac using Homebrew and all I needed to do was:
brew install --HEAD neovim
--HEAD part is important. It will install version 0.5. If you don’t use
--HEAD you will get version 0.4. vscode-neovim needs version 0.5.
vscode-neovim is installed from VSCode Extensions. Search for Neo Vim by Alexey Svetliakov.