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Alternatives to Spacemacs

Neovim, Emacs, Vim, SpaceVim, and ReSharper are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Spacemacs.
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What is Spacemacs and what are its top alternatives?

Since version 0.101.0 and later Spacemacs totally abolishes the frontiers between Vim and Emacs. The user can now choose his/her preferred editing style and enjoy all the Spacemacs features. Even better, it is possible to dynamically switch between the two styles seamlessly which makes it possible for programmers with different styles to do seat pair programming using the same editor.
Spacemacs is a tool in the Tools for Text Editors category of a tech stack.
Spacemacs is an open source tool with 22.5K GitHub stars and 4.9K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Spacemacs's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Spacemacs

  • Neovim
    Neovim

    Neovim is a project that seeks to aggressively refactor Vim in order to: simplify maintenance and encourage contributions, split the work between multiple developers, enable the implementation of new/modern user interfaces without any modifications to the core source, and improve extensibility with a new plugin architecture. ...

  • Emacs
    Emacs

    GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing. ...

  • Vim
    Vim

    Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set. Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. Vim is distributed free as charityware. ...

  • SpaceVim
    SpaceVim

    SpaceVim is a Modular configuration, a bundle of custom settings and plugins, for Vim. It got inspired by spacemacs. ...

  • ReSharper
    ReSharper

    It is a popular developer productivity extension for Microsoft Visual Studio. It automates most of what can be automated in your coding routines. It finds compiler errors, runtime errors, redundancies, and code smells right as you type, suggesting intelligent corrections for them. ...

  • Atom-IDE
    Atom-IDE

    A collection of Atom UIs to support language services as part of Atom IDE, designed for use with packages built on top of atom-languageclient. ...

  • Kite
    Kite

    Your editor and web browser don't know anything about each other, which is why you end up continuously switching between them. Kite bridges that gap, bringing an internet-connected programming experience right alongside your editor. ...

  • Vim-Plug
    Vim-Plug

    A minimalist Vim plugin manager.

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Neovim

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PROS OF NEOVIM
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    Modern and more powerful Vim
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    Fast
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    Asynchronous plugins
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    Stable
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    Edit text fast
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    Vim plugins work out of the box
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    Great community
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    Embedable
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    Unix-like
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    Built-in terminal support
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    Plugins in any language
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    External GUIs
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    Extremely customizable
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    Great Colorschemes
CONS OF NEOVIM
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    Rogério R. Alcântara

    For a Visual Studio Code/Atom developer that works mostly with Node.js/TypeScript/Ruby/Go and wants to get rid of graphic-text-editors-IDE-like at once, which one is worthy of investing time to pick up?

    I'm a total n00b on the subject, but I've read good things about Neovim's Lua support, and I wonder what would be the VIM response/approach for it?

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    We use Neovim because it is the most productive and fastest text-editor/IDE available. We chose Neovim over Vim because of the community behind it. We prefer the vision of Neovim of that of Vim. To stay productive across multiple machines on any OS Neovim is the only solution that we see fit.

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    Emacs

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    The extensible self-documenting text editor.
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    PROS OF EMACS
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      Vast array of extensions
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      Have all you can imagine
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      Everything i need in one place
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      Portability
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      Customer config
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      Your config works on any platform
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      Low memory consumption
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      Perfect for monsters
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      All life inside one program
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      Extendable, portable, fast - all at your fingertips
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      Widely-used keybindings (e.g. by bash)
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      Runs everywhere important
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      Enables extremely rapid keyboard-only navigation
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      Extensible in Lisp
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      Git integration
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      FOSS Software
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      Powerful multilanguage IDE
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      May be old but always reliable
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      Asynchronous
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      Powerful UI
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      Huge ecosystem
    CONS OF EMACS
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      Hard to learn for beginners
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      So good and extensible, that one can get sidetracked
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      Not default preinstalled in GNU/linux

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      Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)
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      Fast
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      Highly configurable
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      Less mouse dependence
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      Lightweight
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      Speed
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      Plugins
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      Hardcore
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      It's for pros
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      Vertically split windows
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      Open-source
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      Modal editing
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      No remembering shortcuts, instead "talks" to the editor
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      It stood the Test of Time
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      Unicode
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      VimPlugins
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      Stick with terminal
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      Dotfiles
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      Everything is on the keyboard
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      Flexible Indenting
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      Programmable
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      Hands stay on the keyboard
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      Efficient and powerful
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      Large number of Shortcuts
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      A chainsaw for text editing
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      Everywhere
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      Unmatched productivity
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      Because its not Emacs
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      Developer speed
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      Super fast
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      Modal editing changes everything
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      Themes
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      You cannot exit
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      Makes you a true bearded developer
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      Great on large text files
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      Shortcuts
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      EasyMotion
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      Most and most powerful plugins of any editor
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      Intergrated into most editors
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      Plugin manager options. Vim-plug, Pathogen, etc
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      Habit
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      Shell escapes and shell imports :!<command> and !!cmd
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      Intuitive, once mastered
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      Perfect command line editor
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      Not MicroSoft
    CONS OF VIM
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      Ugly UI
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      Hard to learn

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    Jerome Dalbert
    Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 13 upvotes · 620.9K views

    I liked Sublime Text for its speed, simplicity and keyboard shortcuts which synergize well when working on scripting languages like Ruby and JavaScript. I extended the editor with custom Python scripts that improved keyboard navigability such as autofocusing the sidebar when no files are open, or changing tab closing behavior.

    But customization can only get you so far, and there were little things that I still had to use the mouse for, such as scrolling, repositioning lines on the screen, selecting the line number of a failing test stack trace from a separate plugin pane, etc. After 3 years of wearily moving my arm and hand to perform the same repetitive tasks, I decided to switch to Vim for 3 reasons:

    • your fingers literally don’t ever need to leave the keyboard home row (I had to remap the escape key though)
    • it is a reliable tool that has been around for more than 30 years and will still be around for the next 30 years
    • I wanted to "look like a hacker" by doing everything inside my terminal and by becoming a better Unix citizen

    The learning curve is very steep and it took me a year to master it, but investing time to be truly comfortable with my #TextEditor was more than worth it. To me, Vim comes close to being the perfect editor and I probably won’t need to switch ever again. It feels good to ignore new editors that come out every few years, like Atom and Visual Studio Code.

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    Denys
    Software engineer at Typeform · | 12 upvotes · 347.1K views
    • Go because it's easy and simple, facilitates collaboration , and also it's fast, scalable, powerful.
    • Visual Studio Code because it has one of the most sophisticated Go language support plugins.
    • Vim because it's Vim
    • Git because it's Git
    • Docker and Docker Compose because it's quick and easy to have reproducible builds/tests with them
    • Arch Linux because Docker for Mac/Win is a disaster for the human nervous system, and Arch is the coolest Linux distro so far
    • Stack Overflow because of Copy-Paste Driven Development
    • JavaScript and Python when a something needs to be coded for yesterday
    • PhpStorm because it saves me like 300 "Ctrl+F" key strokes a minute
    • cURL because terminal all the way
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    SpaceVim

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    Like spacemacs, but for vim
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    PROS OF SPACEVIM
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      Easy to get started with
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      Easy to update
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      Attractive default theme
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      Realtime Guide
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      Setting up language servers just works
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      Better default
    CONS OF SPACEVIM
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      ReSharper

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      A Visual Studio extension for .NET and web developers
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      PROS OF RESHARPER
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        Refactor also using different code
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        Early discover bugs
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        IDE Integration
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        Highlighted //todo //bug
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        Spell checking
      CONS OF RESHARPER
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        Visual studio become slower

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      Atom-IDE

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          PROS OF KITE
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            Smart auto-completion
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            Intelligent code analysis
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            Smart contextual help
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            PyCharm support
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            Flexible security config for sending and analysing code
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            Enterprise model for on premise servers
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            Atom support
          CONS OF KITE
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            Needs to send your code to their home-base service

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          A minimalist Vim plugin manager
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          PROS OF VIM-PLUG
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            Parallel plugins downloading
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            Simple
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            Fast
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            Intuitive
          CONS OF VIM-PLUG
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