Install NeoVim 0.5 in Ubuntu

1/8/2021

Some introduction ...

NeoVim (opens new window) 0.5 can be installed using the neovim-ppa.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:neovim-ppa/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install neovim

Next you should create a custom vimrc file for it - see :help nvim-from-vim.

It will tell you that you should execute (:) the following from within nvim.

:call mkdir(stdpath('config'), 'p')
:exe 'edit '.stdpath('config').'/init.vim'

Then copy in the following piece of code, which will ensure that your normal .vimrc file is loaded. So you don't have to manage that second configuration except it really is a nvim specific configuration.

set runtimepath^=~/.vim runtimepath+=~/.vim/after
let &packpath = &runtimepath
source ~/.vimrc

This file will be located under ~/.config/nvim/init.vim.

If you are lazy and are used to type vim in your terminal, then you should add the following aliases to your .bashrc or .zshrc file.

alias vim='nvim'
alias vi='nvim'

And that's it. Have fun with it 😁