Neovim Core updates

Updates of Neovim itself, which are available on Neovim nightly.

Important: if you are a plugin author, you are strongly advised to follow the #14090 breaking changes on master GitHub thread, as it contains important breaking changes information.

  • Neovim v0.8.2 was released!

    This release is focusing mainly on robustness and bug fixes, many of which by regular core developer Zeertzjq.

Neovim Plugin Community updates

Neovim is full of active plugins. This section is about the community and what is going on.

New plugins



A Neovim search and replace plugin that builds on the native search and replace experience.


olddirs.nvim is like :oldfiles, but for directories. It provides autocommands which store the current directory in an olddirs file when Neovim starts or the directory is changed with :cd, :lcd, or :tcd. The old directories can be retrieved as a list of strings or through a telescope.nvim picker. A plugin written by @marcuscaisey.


A plugin that synchronizes the clipboard of your operating system with Neovim’s unnamed register ("), while avoiding the performance issue of clipboard=unnamed and clipboard=unnamedplus. By @EtiamNullam.


A universal keymapper for Vim and Neovim; useful for people who want keybindings for both editors. Created by @pechorin.



A new plugin that wraps the functionality of chafa — a tool that converts image data into graphics formats or ANSI/Unicode art — into Neovim. By @princejoogie.


Do you want to create a new plugin, but you need a template / skeleton? This plugin by @shortcuts is probably the right thing to start with!


Live reload HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files inside of neovim. Another classic VSCode extension being ported to neovim!



A new theme, by @paulfrische. Very red, much wow.


Declarative cascade key mapping configuration. The plugin written by @Nexmean can:

  • Define all your keymaps as simple lua tables.
  • Group keymaps the way you think about them.
  • Modular, declarative way to define keymaps.
  • It’s as easy to define buffer local keymaps as global.
  • which-key.nvim integration out of the box.

Congrats on the plugin!



A new plugin that bundles more than a dozen textobjects (dozens!), written by @chrisgrieser. Among its features:

  • Supports forward seeking of text objects (if appropriate for the type of textobj).
  • Minimal configuration if you are fine with the default keybindings.
  • Supports visual and operator pending mode.
  • Fully written in Lua.
  • Readme includes an example for further processing the textobjects, like opening the next js-regex pattern in (prefilled with pattern, flags, and replacement).

Nice addition!



Neovim plugin for interacting with OpenAI GPT-3 chatbot, providing an easy interface for exploring GPT-3 and NLP.

The plugin got updated with new features, and is expecting your feedback!


A Neovim plugin that lets you easily create Telescope pickers from arbitrary console commands.


The plugin received a new action which allows to run nvim command “prepended” with some text like for example :FloatermNew make <your-make-target>.


Dead simple plugin to center the currently focused buffer to the middle of the screen.

The plugin received a couple of new features and fixes, among more side buffer theme options, customizable mappings to to toggle the plugin, automated enbling on entering the editor, and more!

Did you know?

Did you know that you can automatically jump to the last place you’ve visited in a file before exiting? Just add this autocmd in your init.lua:

vim.api.nvim_create_autocmd('BufReadPost', {
  callback = function()
    local mark = vim.api.nvim_buf_get_mark(0, '"')
    local lcount = vim.api.nvim_buf_line_count(0)
    if mark[1] > 0 and mark[1] <= lcount then
      pcall(vim.api.nvim_win_set_cursor, 0, mark)

It will search mark " which contains the cursor position when last exiting the buffer and set the cursor position to that location. A pretty nice trick to know!

Want to contribute?

You have noticed something missing that you saw lately? Do not keep the candies for yourself and please feel free to share with us! You can open a PR at This Week In Neovim Contents.

Feel free to read how to contribute to get started.