Command Line Reference

Neovide supports a few command line arguments for effecting things which couldn't be set using normal vim variables.

$ in front of a word refers to it being an "environment variable" which is checked for, some settings only require it to be set in some way, some settings also use the contents.



--version or -V

Prints the current version of neovide.


--help or -h

Prints details about neovide. This will be a help page eventually.



--frame or $NEOVIDE_FRAME

Can be set to:

  • full: The default, all decorations.
  • none: No decorations at all. NOTE: Window cannot be moved nor resized after this.
  • (macOS only) transparent: Transparent decorations including a transparent bar.
  • (macOS only) buttonless: All decorations, but without quit, minimize or fullscreen buttons.



Sets the initial neovide window size in characters.

Log File


Enables the log file for debugging purposes. This will write a file next to the executable containing trace events which may help debug an issue.


--maximized or $NEOVIDE_MAXIMIZED

Maximize the window on startup, while still having decorations and the status bar of your OS visible.

This is not the same as g:neovide_fullscreen, which runs Neovide in "exclusive fullscreen", covering up the entire screen.


--multigrid or $NEOVIDE_MULTIGRID

This enables neovim's multigrid functionality which will also enable floating window blurred backgrounds and window animations. For now this is disabled due to some mouse input bugs upstream (neovim/neovim/pull/12667, neovim/neovim/issues/15075) and some floating window transparency issues.

No Fork


By default, neovide detaches itself from the terminal. Instead of spawning a child process and leaking it, be "blocking" and have the shell directly as parent process.

No Idle

--noidle or $NEOVIDE_NO_IDLE

Instead of skipping some frames in order to match g:neovide_refresh_rate, render every possible one.


--nosrgb or $NEOVIDE_NO_SRGB

Don't request sRGB on the window. Swapping sometimes fixes startup issues.

No Tabs


By default, Neovide opens files given directly to Neovide (not NeoVim through --!) in multiple tabs to avoid confusing new users. The option disables that and makes multiple given files to normal buffers.

Note: Even if files are opened in tabs, they're buffers anyways. It's just about them being visible or not.

No VSync


Available since 0.10.2.

By default, Neovide requests to use VSync on the created window. This option disables this behavior.

Remote TCP

--remote-tcp <remote_tcp>

What IP and port to use when connecting to neovim.



Runs neovim from inside wsl rather than as a normal executable.

Neovim Binary

--neovim-bin or $NEOVIM_BIN

Sets where to find neovim's executable. If unset, neovide will try to find nvim on the PATH environment variable instead. If you're running a Unix-alike, be sure that binary has the executable permission bit set.

Wayland / X11

--wayland-app-id <wayland_app_id> or $NEOVIDE_APP_ID
--x11-wm-class-instance <x11_wm_class_instance> or $NEOVIDE_WM_CLASS_INSTANCE
--x11-wm-class <x11_wm_class> or $NEOVIDE_WM_CLASS

On Linux/Unix, this alters the identification of the window to either X11 or the more modern Wayland, depending on what you are running on.