Note: Neovide requires neovim version 0.6 or greater. See previous releases such as 0.5.0 if your distro is too slow with updating or you need to rely on older neovim versions.

Building instructions are somewhat limited at the moment. All the libraries Neovide uses are cross platform and should have support for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The rendering is based on OpenGL, so a good GPU driver will be necessary, the default drivers provided by virtual machines might not be enough. On Windows this should be enabled by default if you have a relatively recent system.


Installing should be as simple as downloading the binary, making sure the nvim executable with version 0.6 or greater is on your PATH environment variable, and running it. Everything should be self contained.

The binaries are to be found on the release page.



Scoop has Neovide in the extras bucket. Ensure you have the extras bucket, and install:

$ scoop bucket list

$ scoop install neovide

Windows Source

  1. Install the latest version of Rust. I recommend

  2. Install CMake. I use chocolatey: choco install cmake --installargs '"ADD_CMAKE_TO_PATH=System"' -y

  3. Install LLVM. I use chocolatey: choco install llvm -y

  4. Ensure graphics libraries are up to date.

  5. Build and install Neovide:

    cargo install --git

    The resulting binary can be found inside of ~/.cargo/bin afterwards (99% of the time).



Neovide is available as Cask in Homebrew. It can be installed from the command line:

brew install --cask neovide

Neovide registers launched shells taking the user's preferred shell into account.

If you are encountering issues with Neovide not being found by your shell, you can try to add the brew binary path to your PATH environment variable:

sudo launchctl config user path "$(brew --prefix)/bin:${PATH}"

For more information, see the Homebrew FAQ.

Mac Source

  1. Install the latest version of Rust. Using homebrew: brew install rustup-init

  2. Configure rust by running rustup-init

  3. Install CMake. Using homebrew: brew install cmake

  4. git clone

  5. cd neovide

  6. cargo install --path .

    The resulting binary is to be found under ~/.cargo/bin. In case you want a nice application bundle:

  7. cargo install cargo-bundle

  8. cargo bundle --release

  9. cp -r ./target/release/bundle/osx/ /Applications/ and enjoy.


Arch Linux

Stable releases are packaged in the extra repository.

pacman -S neovide

If you want to run Neovide on X11, you'll also need libxkbcommon-x11.

pacman -S libxkbcommon-x11

To run a development version you can build from the VCS package in the AUR. This can be built and installed using an AUR helper or by hand in the usual way. To build from a non-default branch you can edit the PKGBUILD and add #branch-name to the end of the source URL.


Stable releases are packaged in nixpkgs in the neovide package, there's no flake. As such, if you just want to try it out in a transient shell, you can use this command.

Note: On non-NixOS systems, chances are you'll need to use nixGL as wrapper for neovide.

nix-shell -p neovide


Just add neovide from nixpkgs to your environment.systemPackages in configuration.nix.

environment.systemPackages = with pkgs; [neovide];


Neovide is also available in the Snap Store. You can install it using the command below.

snap install neovide

Get it from the Snap Store

Linux Source

  1. Install necessary dependencies (adjust for your preferred package manager, probably most of this stuff is already installed, just try building and see)

    • Ubuntu/Debian

      sudo apt install -y curl \
          gnupg ca-certificates git \
          gcc-multilib g++-multilib cmake libssl-dev pkg-config \
          libfreetype6-dev libasound2-dev libexpat1-dev libxcb-composite0-dev \
          libbz2-dev libsndio-dev freeglut3-dev libxmu-dev libxi-dev libfontconfig1-dev \
    • Fedora

      sudo dnf install fontconfig-devel freetype-devel libX11-xcb libX11-devel libstdc++-static libstdc++-devel
      sudo dnf groupinstall "Development Tools" "Development Libraries"
    • Arch

      Do note that an AUR package already exists.

      sudo pacman -S base-devel fontconfig freetype2 libglvnd sndio cmake \
          git gtk3 python sdl2 vulkan-intel libxkbcommon-x11
  2. Install Rust

    curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf "" | sh
  3. Fetch and build

    cargo install --git

    The resulting binary can be found inside of ~/.cargo/bin afterwards, you might want to add this to your PATH environment variable.