Configuration

Global Vim Settings

Neovide supports settings via global variables with a neovide prefix. They enable configuring many parts of the editor and support dynamically changing them at runtime.

init.vim and init.lua helpers

Hello, is this Neovide?

Not really a configuration option, but g:neovide only exists and is set to v:true if this Neovim is in Neovide. Useful for configuring things only for Neovide in your init.vim/init.lua:

VimScript:

if exists("g:neovide")
    " Put anything you want to happen only in Neovide here
endif

Lua:

if vim.g.neovide then
    -- Put anything you want to happen only in Neovide here
end

Display

Font

VimScript:

set guifont=Source\ Code\ Pro:h14

Lua:

vim.o.guifont = "Source Code Pro:h14" -- text below applies for VimScript

Controls the font used by Neovide. Also check the config file to see how to configure features. This is the only setting which is actually controlled through an option, and as such it's also documented in :h guifont. But to sum it up and also add Neovide's extension:

  • The basic format is Primary\ Font,Fallback\ Font\ 1,Fallback\ Font\ 2:option1:option2:option3, while you can have as many fallback fonts as you want (even 0) and as many options as you want (also even 0).
  • Fonts
    • are separated with , (commas).
    • can contain spaces by either escaping them or using _ (underscores).
  • Options
    • apply to all fonts at once.
    • are separated from the fonts and themselves through : (colons).
    • can be one of the following:
      • hX — Sets the font size to X points, while X can be any (even floating-point) number.
      • wX (available since 0.11.2) — Sets the width relative offset to be X points, while X can be again any number. Negative values shift characters closer together, positive values shift them further apart.
      • b — Sets the font bold.
      • i — Sets the font italic.
      • #e-X (available since 0.10.2) — Sets edge pixels to be drawn opaquely or with partial transparency, while X is a type of edging:
        • antialias (default)
        • subpixelantialias
        • alias
      • #h-X (available since 0.10.2) - Sets level of glyph outline adjustment, while X is a type of hinting:
        • full (default)
        • normal
        • slight
        • none
  • Some examples:
    • Hack,Noto_Color_Emoji:h12:b — Hack at size 12 in bold, with Noto Color Emoji as fallback should Hack fail to contain any glyph.
    • Roboto_Mono_Light:h10 — Roboto Mono Light at size 10.
    • Hack:h14:i:#e-subpixelantialias:#h-none

Line spacing

VimScript:

set linespace=0

Lua:

vim.opt.linespace = 0

Controls spacing between lines, may also be negative.

Scale

VimScript:

let g:neovide_scale_factor = 1.0

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_scale_factor = 1.0

Available since 0.10.2.

In addition to setting the font itself, this setting allows to change the scale without changing the whole font definition. Very useful for presentations. See the FAQ section about this for a nice recipe to bind this to a hotkey.

Padding

VimScript:

let g:neovide_padding_top = 0
let g:neovide_padding_bottom = 0
let g:neovide_padding_right = 0
let g:neovide_padding_left = 0

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_padding_top = 0
vim.g.neovide_padding_bottom = 0
vim.g.neovide_padding_right = 0
vim.g.neovide_padding_left = 0

Available since 0.10.4.

Controls the space between the window border and the actual Neovim, which is filled with the background color instead.

Background Color (Deprecated, Currently macOS only)

This configuration is deprecated now and might be removed in the future. In #2168, we have made Neovide control the title bar color itself. The color of title bar now honors neovide_transparency. If you want a transparent title bar, setting neovide_transparency is sufficient.

VimScript:

" g:neovide_transparency should be 0 if you want to unify transparency of content and title bar.
let g:neovide_transparency = 0.0
let g:transparency = 0.8
let g:neovide_background_color = '#0f1117'.printf('%x', float2nr(255 * g:transparency))

Lua:

-- Helper function for transparency formatting
local alpha = function()
  return string.format("%x", math.floor(255 * vim.g.transparency or 0.8))
end
-- g:neovide_transparency should be 0 if you want to unify transparency of content and title bar.
vim.g.neovide_transparency = 0.0
vim.g.transparency = 0.8
vim.g.neovide_background_color = "#0f1117" .. alpha()

Available since 0.10. Deprecated in 0.12.2.

BackgroundColor

Setting g:neovide_background_color to a value that can be parsed by csscolorparser-rs will set the color of the whole window to that value.

Note that g:neovide_transparency should be 0 if you want to unify transparency of content and title bar.

Window Blur (Currently macOS only)

VimScript:

let g:neovide_window_blurred = v:true

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_window_blurred = true

Available since 0.12.

Setting g:neovide_window_blurred toggles the window blur state.

The blurred level respects the g:neovide_transparency value between 0.0 and 1.0.

Floating Blur Amount

VimScript:

let g:neovide_floating_blur_amount_x = 2.0
let g:neovide_floating_blur_amount_y = 2.0

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_floating_blur_amount_x = 2.0
vim.g.neovide_floating_blur_amount_y = 2.0

Available since 0.9.

Setting g:neovide_floating_blur_amount_x and g:neovide_floating_blur_amount_y controls the blur radius on the respective axis for floating windows.

Floating Shadow

VimScript:

let g:neovide_floating_shadow = v:true
let g:neovide_floating_z_height = 10
let g:neovide_light_angle_degrees = 45
let g:neovide_light_radius = 5

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_floating_shadow = true
vim.g.neovide_floating_z_height = 10
vim.g.neovide_light_angle_degrees = 45
vim.g.neovide_light_radius = 5

Available since 0.12.0.

Setting g:neovide_floating_shadow to false will disable the shadow borders for floating windows. The other variables configure the shadow in various ways:

  • g:neovide_floating_z_height sets the virtual height of the floating window from the ground plane
  • g:neovide_light_angle_degrees sets the angle from the screen normal of the casting light
  • g:neovide_light_radius sets the radius of the casting light

Transparency

VimScript:

let g:neovide_transparency = 0.8

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_transparency = 0.8

Transparency

Setting g:neovide_transparency to a value between 0.0 and 1.0 will set the opacity of the window to that value.

Scroll Animation Length

VimScript:

let g:neovide_scroll_animation_length = 0.3

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_scroll_animation_length = 0.3

Sets how long the scroll animation takes to complete, measured in seconds. Note that the timing is not completely accurate and might depend slightly on have far you scroll, so experimenting is encouraged in order to tune it to your liking.

Far scroll lines

Available since 0.12.0.

VimScript:

let g:neovide_scroll_animation_far_lines = 1

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_scroll_animation_far_lines = 1

When scrolling more than one screen at a time, only this many lines at the end of the scroll action will be animated. Set it to 0 to snap to the final position without any animation, or to something big like 9999 to always scroll the whole screen, much like Neovide <= 0.10.4 did.

Hiding the mouse when typing

VimScript:

let g:neovide_hide_mouse_when_typing = v:false

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_hide_mouse_when_typing = false

By setting this to v:true, the mouse will be hidden as soon as you start typing. This setting only affects the mouse if it is currently within the bounds of the neovide window. Moving the mouse makes it visible again.

Underline automatic scaling

VimScript:

let g:neovide_underline_stroke_scale = 1.0

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_underline_stroke_scale = 1.0

Available since 0.12.0.

Setting g:neovide_underline_stroke_scale to a floating point will increase or decrease the stroke width of the underlines (including undercurl, underdash, etc.). If the scaled stroke width is less than 1, it is clamped to 1 to prevent strange aliasing.

Note: This is currently glitchy if the scale is too large, and leads to some underlines being clipped by the line of text below.

Theme

VimScript:

let g:neovide_theme = 'auto'

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_theme = 'auto'

Available since 0.11.0.

Set the background option when Neovide starts. Possible values: light, dark, auto. On systems that support it, auto will mirror the system theme, and will update background when the system theme changes.

Fix border and winbar scrolling glitches

VimScript:

let g:neovide_unlink_border_highlights = v:true

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_unlink_border_highlights = true

Available since 0.12.0.

Neovide uses some highlight groups for detecting the border of the windows, when scrolling. This detection is not perfect due to some limitations of Neovim, it only returns the final highlight groups for linked highlights. This option unlinks those highlight groups after the color scheme is loaded to make Neovide detect them properly.

If this causes other problems, you can set this option to false.

Functionality

Refresh Rate

VimScript:

let g:neovide_refresh_rate = 60

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_refresh_rate = 60

Setting g:neovide_refresh_rate to a positive integer will set the refresh rate of the app. This is limited by the refresh rate of your physical hardware, but can be lowered to increase battery life.

This setting is only effective when not using vsync, for example by passing --no-vsync on the commandline.

Idle Refresh Rate

VimScript:

let g:neovide_refresh_rate_idle = 5

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_refresh_rate_idle = 5

Available since 0.10.

Setting g:neovide_refresh_rate_idle to a positive integer will set the refresh rate of the app when it is not in focus.

This might not have an effect on every platform (e.g. Wayland).

No Idle

VimScript:

let g:neovide_no_idle = v:true

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_no_idle = true

Setting g:neovide_no_idle to a boolean value will force neovide to redraw all the time. This can be a quick hack if animations appear to stop too early.

Confirm Quit

VimScript:

let g:neovide_confirm_quit = v:true

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_confirm_quit = true

If set to true, quitting while having unsaved changes will require confirmation. Enabled by default.

Fullscreen

VimScript:

let g:neovide_fullscreen = v:true

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_fullscreen = true

Setting g:neovide_fullscreen to a boolean value will set whether the app should take up the entire screen. This uses the so called "windowed fullscreen" mode that is sometimes used in games which want quick window switching.

Remember Previous Window Size

VimScript:

let g:neovide_remember_window_size = v:true

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_remember_window_size = true

Setting g:neovide_remember_window_size to a boolean value will determine whether the window size from the previous session or the default size will be used on startup. The commandline option --size will take priority over this value.

Profiler

VimScript:

let g:neovide_profiler = v:false

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_profiler = false

Setting this to v:true enables the profiler, which shows a frametime graph in the upper left corner.

Input Settings

macOS Alt is Meta

VimScript:

let g:neovide_input_macos_alt_is_meta = v:false

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_input_macos_alt_is_meta = false

Available since 0.10.

Interprets Alt + whatever actually as <M-whatever>, instead of sending the actual special character to Neovim.

IME

VimScript:

let g:neovide_input_ime = v:true

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_input_ime = true

Available since 0.11.0.

This lets you disable the IME input. For example, to only enables IME in input mode and when searching, so that you can navigate normally, when typing some East Asian languages, you can add a few auto commands:

augroup ime_input
    autocmd!
    autocmd InsertLeave * execute "let g:neovide_input_ime=v:false"
    autocmd InsertEnter * execute "let g:neovide_input_ime=v:true"
    autocmd CmdlineEnter [/\?] execute "let g:neovide_input_ime=v:false"
    autocmd CmdlineLeave [/\?] execute "let g:neovide_input_ime=v:true"
augroup END
local function set_ime(args)
    if args.event:match("Enter$") then
        vim.g.neovide_input_ime = true
    else
        vim.g.neovide_input_ime = false
    end
end

local ime_input = vim.api.nvim_create_augroup("ime_input", { clear = true })

vim.api.nvim_create_autocmd({ "InsertEnter", "InsertLeave" }, {
    group = ime_input,
    pattern = "*",
    callback = set_ime
})

vim.api.nvim_create_autocmd({ "CmdlineEnter", "CmdlineLeave" }, {
    group = ime_input,
    pattern = "[/\\?]",
    callback = set_ime
})

Touch Deadzone

VimScript:

let g:neovide_touch_deadzone = 6.0

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_touch_deadzone = 6.0

Setting g:neovide_touch_deadzone to a value equal or higher than 0.0 will set how many pixels the finger must move away from the start position when tapping on the screen for the touch to be interpreted as a scroll gesture.

If the finger stayed in that area once lifted or the drag timeout happened, however, the touch will be interpreted as tap gesture and the cursor will move there.

A value lower than 0.0 will cause this feature to be disabled and all touch events will be interpreted as scroll gesture.

Touch Drag Timeout

VimScript:

let g:neovide_touch_drag_timeout = 0.17

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_touch_drag_timeout = 0.17

Setting g:neovide_touch_drag_timeout will affect how many seconds the cursor has to stay inside g:neovide_touch_deadzone in order to begin "dragging"

Once started, the finger can be moved to another position in order to form a visual selection. If this happens too often accidentally to you, set this to a higher value like 0.3 or 0.7.

Cursor Settings

Animation Length

Short Cursor Animation Length     Long Cursor Animation Length

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_animation_length = 0.13

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_animation_length = 0.13

Setting g:neovide_cursor_animation_length determines the time it takes for the cursor to complete it's animation in seconds. Set to 0 to disable.

Animation Trail Size

Short Cursor Trail Length     Long Cursor Trail Length

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_trail_size = 0.8

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_trail_size = 0.8

Setting g:neovide_cursor_trail_size determines how much the trail of the cursor lags behind the front edge.

Antialiasing

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_antialiasing = v:true

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_antialiasing = true

Enables or disables antialiasing of the cursor quad. Disabling may fix some cursor visual issues.

Animate in insert mode

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_animate_in_insert_mode = v:true

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_animate_in_insert_mode = true

If disabled, when in insert mode (mostly through i or a), the cursor will move like in other programs and immediately jump to its new position.

Animate switch to command line

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_animate_command_line = v:true

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_animate_command_line = true

If disabled, the switch from editor window to command line is non-animated, and the cursor jumps between command line and editor window immediately. Does not influence animation inside of the command line.

Unfocused Outline Width

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_unfocused_outline_width = 0.125

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_unfocused_outline_width = 0.125

Specify cursor outline width in ems. You probably want this to be a positive value less than 0.5. If the value is <=0 then the cursor will be invisible. This setting takes effect when the editor window is unfocused, at which time a block cursor will be rendered as an outline instead of as a full rectangle.

Cursor Particles

There are a number of vfx modes you can enable which produce particles behind the cursor. These are enabled by setting g:neovide_cursor_vfx_mode to one of the following constants.

None at all

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = ""

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = ""

The default, no particles at all.

Railgun

Railgun

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = "railgun"

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = "railgun"

Torpedo

Torpedo

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = "torpedo"

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = "torpedo"

Pixiedust

Pixiedust

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = "pixiedust"

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = "pixiedust"

Sonic Boom

Sonicboom

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = "sonicboom"

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = "sonicboom"

Ripple

Ripple

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = "ripple"

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = "ripple"

Wireframe

Wireframe

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = "wireframe"

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_mode = "wireframe"

Particle Settings

Options for configuring the particle generation and behavior.

Particle Opacity

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_opacity = 200.0

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_opacity = 200.0

Sets the transparency of the generated particles.

Particle Lifetime

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_particle_lifetime = 1.2

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_particle_lifetime = 1.2

Sets the amount of time the generated particles should survive.

Particle Density

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_particle_density = 7.0

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_particle_density = 7.0

Sets the number of generated particles.

Particle Speed

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_particle_speed = 10.0

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_particle_speed = 10.0

Sets the speed of particle movement.

Particle Phase

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_particle_phase = 1.5

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_particle_phase = 1.5

Only for the railgun vfx mode.

Sets the mass movement of particles, or how individual each one acts. The higher the value, the less particles rotate in accordance to each other, the lower, the more line-wise all particles become.

Particle Curl

VimScript:

let g:neovide_cursor_vfx_particle_curl = 1.0

Lua:

vim.g.neovide_cursor_vfx_particle_curl = 1.0

Only for the railgun vfx mode.

Sets the velocity rotation speed of particles. The higher, the less particles actually move and look more "nervous", the lower, the more it looks like a collapsing sine wave.