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Neovim vs Vim: What are the differences?

Developers describe Neovim as "Vim's rebirth for the 21st century". 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. On the other hand, Vim is detailed as "Highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing". 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.

Neovim and Vim can be categorized as "Text Editor" tools.

Some of the features offered by Neovim are:

  • More powerful plugins
  • Better GUI architecture
  • First-class support for embedding

On the other hand, Vim provides the following key features:

  • Vertically Split Windows
  • Vimdiff
  • Folding

"Modern and more powerful Vim" is the primary reason why developers consider Neovim over the competitors, whereas "Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)" was stated as the key factor in picking Vim.

Neovim is an open source tool with 32K GitHub stars and 2.33K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Neovim's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Vim has a broader approval, being mentioned in 850 company stacks & 890 developers stacks; compared to Neovim, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.

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Rogério R. Alcântara
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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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Vim
Neovim

Neovim can basically do everything Vim can with one major advantage - the number of contributors to the code base is just so much wider (Vim is ~100% maintained only by B. Mooleanaar). Whatever you learn for Neovim you can also apply to Vim and vice versa. And of course there is the never ending Vim vs Emacs controversy - but better not get into that war.

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Jeffrey Johnson
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Actually, the biggest advantage with Neovim (as a VS user) is that you can embed REAL Neovim as the editor UI, rather than using a "Vim emulation", you're using actual NVIM, embedded in VS!

"asvetliakov.vscode-neovim" is the extension you are looking for:

  1. Install the 'vscode-neovim; extension (https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=asvetliakov.vscode-neovim)
  2. Install Neovim version 0.5+ nightly
  3. Start winning.

(You can install neovim-nightly separately for just vscode, I usually build and install it to /opt/nvim - it's enough enough to do - let me know if you need help).

Works wonderfully. It might not work out of the box if you have some 100K epic nvim initialization file, but the plugin documents a workaround for having an embedding/VS specific configuration.

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Kudos Beluga
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Neovim

I don't actually notice much of a difference between the two, as the end result looks identical. If you use Vim and are switch to Neovim it's an extremely easy 1-minute process. I switched from Vim to Neovim. I can't say I found much of a difference, but the key points where Neovim could be better than just vim is that first, there are much more people maintaining Neovim compared to vim, which means fewer bugs and a modern code base. It also has a smaller code base which might result in a small speed improvement. Another thing is that it's basically just a fork of vim, so what harm can it do? ;)

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Tarcísio Gruppi
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Vim

I recommend using vim 8+ it has native plugin support if you need language supports you can install the package vim-nox which will come with support for python, lua, ruby, etc

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Rogério R. Alcântara
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Neovim

The hints on the codebase's contributors and the VSCode integration helped me make up my mind.

I really appreciate all comments, though.

Thanks a bunch!

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Pros of Neovim
Pros of Vim
  • 27
    Modern and more powerful Vim
  • 24
    Fast
  • 20
    Asynchronous plugins
  • 20
    Stable
  • 15
    Edit text fast
  • 13
    Great community
  • 13
    Vim plugins work out of the box
  • 8
    Embedable
  • 8
    Built-in terminal support
  • 7
    Unix-like
  • 3
    Plugins in any language
  • 2
    Great Colorschemes
  • 2
    External GUIs
  • 0
    Extremely customizable
  • 343
    Comes by default in most unix systems (remote editing)
  • 323
    Fast
  • 308
    Highly configurable
  • 292
    Less mouse dependence
  • 241
    Lightweight
  • 139
    Speed
  • 97
    Plugins
  • 94
    Hardcore
  • 80
    It's for pros
  • 64
    Vertically split windows
  • 25
    Open-source
  • 23
    Modal editing
  • 21
    No remembering shortcuts, instead "talks" to the editor
  • 19
    It stood the Test of Time
  • 14
    Unicode
  • 11
    Dotfiles
  • 11
    Stick with terminal
  • 11
    Everything is on the keyboard
  • 10
    VimPlugins
  • 10
    Flexible Indenting
  • 9
    Programmable
  • 8
    Large number of Shortcuts
  • 8
    Efficient and powerful
  • 8
    Hands stay on the keyboard
  • 7
    Everywhere
  • 7
    A chainsaw for text editing
  • 6
    Unmatched productivity
  • 6
    Modal editing changes everything
  • 6
    Because its not Emacs
  • 6
    You cannot exit
  • 5
    Themes
  • 5
    Developer speed
  • 5
    Super fast
  • 5
    Makes you a true bearded developer
  • 4
    Most and most powerful plugins of any editor
  • 4
    Habit
  • 4
    EasyMotion
  • 4
    Intergrated into most editors
  • 4
    Plugin manager options. Vim-plug, Pathogen, etc
  • 3
    Shortcuts
  • 3
    Intuitive, once mastered
  • 3
    Great on large text files
  • 3
    Shell escapes and shell imports :!<command> and !!cmd
  • 2
    Perfect command line editor

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Cons of Neovim
Cons of Vim
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    • 7
      Ugly UI
    • 3
      Hard to learn

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    What is 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.

    What is 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.

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    What are some alternatives to Neovim and Vim?
    Atom
    At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it.
    Kakoune
    Kakoune is a code editor heavily inspired by Vim, as such most of its commands are similar to vi’s ones. Kakoune can operate in two modes, normal and insertion. In insertion mode, keys are directly inserted into the current buffer. In normal mode, keys are used to manipulate the current selection and to enter insertion mode.
    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.
    SpaceVim
    SpaceVim is a Modular configuration, a bundle of custom settings and plugins, for Vim. It got inspired by spacemacs.
    Spacemacs
    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.
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    How developers use Neovim and Vim
    Kang Hyeon Ku uses
    Vim

    cli 환경에 익숙 해지지 위해 리눅스를 자주 쓰려고 했는데, 많이들 추천 하는 에디터가 vim 이 였다. 맨 처음에는 불편했는데, 플러그인 다는 재미가 솔솔 했다. 결국 플러그인도 많이 안쓰게 되더라...vim 자체를 잘 안쓰게 되는 거 일지도, 항상 잘하고 싶지만 잘 안쓰게 되는 에디터 인것 같다.

    papaver uses
    Vim

    my go to editor for all things. been a vimer for over a decade now. this is where all the magic happens. still so much to learn, the most amazing tool i use.

    Wing Tang Wong uses
    Vim

    Vim lets me edit the Markdown content of the Hugo powered site with ease. The low bandwidth needs means I can remote in and get changes updated without issues.

    Darren Buse uses
    Vim

    Tool a while to get used to but one of the best things I have learnt recently, great training from Drew Neil over at VimCasts.

    SmartLogic uses
    Vim

    Our developers use Vim, which is great for remote pair programming. We even have a server—Bruizer—set up to host shared terminal sessions.

    flavono123 uses
    Neovim

    async python powered plugins