[IDE turns NeoVim] Part 2.1 Essential plugins

Tram Ho

Continuing with the neovim IDE series, today I will introduce you the plugins that you should have when installing your neovim for any language.


Nerdtree is a sidebar managing the project directory tree. Similar to the sidebar of vscode, nerdtree provides the function to create bookmarks, folders, files, copy, add, delete, edit … right in the context of nerdtree extremely convenient.

After installation is complete, map keys to toggle nerdtree as you like:

When in the nerdtree context, click ? to see how to use nerdtree.


For me the syntax, color text, highlight … will be the things that inspire the code. After trying a lot of themes, now I’m stopping with gruvbox . You can search google with keyword “neovim themes” is the whole mountain, you can refer to the theme that many people evaluate and use here .


Vim-airline displays status / tabline, can integrate with other plugins to display message, status like git, nerdtree, linter.


If you use an editor such as vscode, sublime, or atom, you should be familiar with Ctrl + P keys to search files in the current project.

Ctrlp.vim has the same function, but with more functions, you can open the current file into a buffer | New tab while keeping the old buffer.

Keys binding: Use:


Vim-surround provides a function to manipulate around a subject (a piece of code, a word, an object …..)

On the git page of vim-surround, there is a detailed talk about how to use it, so I will not present it again, you can see it at vim-surround’s github.

Some Use-case:




Move to any location in your code screen with vim-easymotion. Just input 1 | 2 characters as the prefix for that word, vim-easymotion will bind all the keys to jump to words matching that character.


I would like to end part 1 here (I will divide it into 2 parts). Here I only introduce plugins that are common to an IDE such as folder management, themes, navigator, search files …., plugins that do not belong to any language.

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Thank you for reading and …. see you again in part 2.



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