Issue #25

Neovim Core updates {#core}

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 {#plugins}

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

New plugins {#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!

Updates {#updates}


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? {#tips}

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? {#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.