Neovim client for Julia
Author bfredl
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1 Year Ago
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September 2014

Neovim client for Julia

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Neovim.jl is a Neovim API client and plugin host for Julia. It supports:

  • Embedding a nvim process in Julia
  • Acting as a child process to nvim
  • Connecting to external instances over a socket


  • Julia ≥ 1.0
  • Neovim ≥ 0.4 (this package assumes nvim is in $PATH)


Add this package to your current Julia environment:

using Pkg


As an embedded process

The simplest way to test the API client is to spawn an embedded instance:

using Neovim
nvim, proc = nvim_spawn()

or connecting to an external instance:

nvim = nvim_connect("/socket/address")

(this address can be found by :echo $NVIM_LISTEN_ADDRESS in nvim)

As a shortcut, nvim = nvim_env() will use the address in $NVIM_LISTEN_ADDRESS. This is useful to connect to the "parent" nvim instance when running the Julia REPL in a nvim terminal window.

All API methods defined in the Neovim metadata (see :h api-metadata) are defined as corresponding Julia functions on the Neovim module (these functions are not exported, use import syntax), except that the vim_/buffer_ prefix is dropped (as the receiver type is identified by the first argument anyway), except for vim_eval as eval is not overloadable. For instance:

import Neovim: get_buffers, set_line, vim_eval
buf = get_buffers(nvim)[1]
set_line(buf, 1, "some text")
@assert vim_eval(nvim, "2+2") == 4

A high level interface is work in progress. For the moment Buffer supports simple array operations, please see test/runtests.jl for examples.

The module exports a low-level interface for handling asynchronous events (notifications and requests). A prototype (read: ugly hack) implementation of Vim bindings for the Julia REPL is included as an example, see src/repl.jl.

As a plugin host

This package also includes a remote plugin host, similar to the one in the Python client pynvim. To use it, add this repo root to runtimepath in init.vim:

set rtp+=~/.julia/packages/Neovim/

A Julia plugin can then be defined in a rplugin/julia/ subdirectory inside a directory in your runtimepath (See :h remote-plugin and :h runtimepath) or inside a plugin directory (see :h packages or your package manager's docs).

Functions defined at the top-level of your script can be exported using the macros: @fn, @command, @autocmd, as well as variants ending with sync.

For example:

# In MyPlugin/rplugin/julia/MyPlugin.jl

module MyPlugin
using Neovim

@Neovim.fn function AsyncFun(nvim, args)
    # "args" is Vector of arguments passed to ":call AsyncFun(args...)".

@Neovim.fnsync function SyncFun(nvim, args)
    # This will block neovim while SyncFun is running.

@Neovim.fnsync OneLiner(nvim, args) = "expression"

# Add some options. -> is required to define function on next line.
@Neovim.commandsync (nargs="*", range="") ->
function JLCommand(nvim, args, range)

# The name of the function/command can also be defined on the macro.
# This is equivalent to the above.
@Neovim.commandsync JLCommand(nargs="*", range="") ->
function (nvim, args, range)


After writing your Julia script, you should call :UpdateRemotePlugins to register these functions and make them callable from Vimscript and Lua.

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