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========= lean.nvim =========

neovim support for the Lean Theorem Prover <https://leanprover.github.io/lean4/doc/>_.



lean.nvim supports neovim 0.6+ (including nightlies).


Install via your favorite plugin manager. E.g., with vim-plug <https://github.com/junegunn/vim-plug>_ via:

.. code-block:: vim

Plug 'Julian/lean.nvim'
Plug 'neovim/nvim-lspconfig'
Plug 'nvim-lua/plenary.nvim'

" Optional Dependencies:

Plug 'hrsh7th/nvim-cmp'        " For LSP completion
Plug 'hrsh7th/vim-vsnip'       " For snippets
Plug 'andrewradev/switch.vim'  " For Lean switch support
Plug 'tomtom/tcomment_vim'     " For commenting motions

lean.nvim already includes syntax highlighting and Lean filetype support, so installing the lean.vim (i.e. non-neovim) plugin is not required or recommended.

lean.nvim supports both Lean 3 <https://github.com/leanprover-community/lean>_ as well as the emerging Lean 4 <https://github.com/leanprover/lean4>_.

Lean 3 ^^^^^^

For Lean 3 support, in addition to the instructions above, you should install lean-language-server, which can be done via e.g.:

.. code-block:: sh

$ npm install -g lean-language-server

Given that Lean 3's language server is separate from Lean itself, also ensure you've installed Lean 3 itself <https://leanprover-community.github.io/get_started.html>_.

Lean 4 ^^^^^^

For Lean 4 support, a recent Lean 4 nightly build is recommended (one at least from mid-October 2021).

In addition to the instructions above, there is experimental nvim-treesitter <https://github.com/nvim-treesitter/nvim-treesitter>_ support being developed in <https://github.com/Julian/tree-sitter-lean>_ which can be used for enhanced indentation (TODO), text object (TODO), syntax highlighting and querying but which is still very nascent.

If you wish to try it, it can be installed by adding e.g.:

.. code-block:: vim

Plug 'nvim-treesitter/nvim-treesitter'
Plug 'nvim-treesitter/nvim-treesitter-textobjects'

if you do not already have tree sitter installed.

As above, many simple syntactical things are not yet implemented (help is of course welcome). You likely will want to flip back and forth between it and the standard syntax highlighting via :TSBufDisable highlight whenever encountering misparsed terms. Bug reports (to the aforementioned repository) are also welcome.


  • Abbreviation (unicode character) insertion (currently in insert mode only, with plans to do so for search and command modes)

  • An infoview which can show persistent goal, term & tactic state, as well as interactive widgets in both Lean 4 <https://github.com/leanprover/lean4/pull/596>__ and 3 <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NUBQEZYuis>__!

  • Hover (preview) commands:

    • :LeanGoal for showing goal state in a preview window

    • :LeanTermGoal for showing term-mode type information in a preview window

  • switch.vim <https://github.com/AndrewRadev/switch.vim/>_ base definitions for Lean

  • Simple snippets (in VSCode-compatible format <https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/editor/userdefinedsnippets#_snippet-syntax>, so usable with e.g. vim-vsnip <https://github.com/hrsh7th/vim-vsnip>)

  • Lean library search path access via lean.current_search_path(), suitable for use with e.g. telescope.nvim <https://github.com/nvim-telescope/telescope.nvim/>_ for live grepping. See the wiki for a sample configuration <https://github.com/Julian/lean.nvim/wiki/Configuring-&-Extending#live-grep>_.

  • Simple (or simplistic) implementations of some editing helpers, such as try this suggestion replacement

Configuration & Usage

The short version -- after following the installation instructions above, add the below to ~/.config/nvim/plugin/lean.lua or an equivalent:

.. code-block:: lua

  abbreviations = { builtin = true },
  lsp = { on_attach = on_attach },
  lsp3 = { on_attach = on_attach },
  mappings = true,

where on_attach should be your preferred LSP attach handler.

If you do not already have a preferred setup which includes LSP key mappings and (auto)completion, you may find the fuller example here in the wiki <https://github.com/Julian/lean.nvim/wiki/Getting-Started>_ helpful.

More detail on the full list of supported configuration options can be found below.


If you've set mappings = true in your configuration (or have called lean.use_suggested_mappings() explicitly), a number of keys will be mapped either within Lean source files or within Infoview windows:

In Lean Files ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

The key binding <LocalLeader> below refers to a configurable prefix key within vim (and neovim). You can check what this key is set to within neovim by running the command :echo maplocalleader. An error like E121: Undefined variable: maplocalleader indicates that it may not be set to any key. This can be configured by putting a line in your ~/.config/nvim/init.vim of the form let maplocalleader = "\<Space>" (in this example, mapping <LocalLeader> to <Space>).

+------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | Key | Function | +========================+====================================================+ | <LocalLeader>i | toggle the infoview open or closed | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <LocalLeader>p | pause the current infoview | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <LocalLeader>x | place an infoview pin | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <LocalLeader>c | clear all current infoview pins | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <LocalLeader>dx | place an infoview diff pin | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <LocalLeader>dc | clear current infoview diff pin | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <LocalLeader>dd | toggle auto diff pin mode | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <LocalLeader>dt | toggle auto diff pin mode without clearing diff pin| +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <LocalLeader>s | insert a sorry for each open goal | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <LocalLeader>t | replace a "try this:" suggestion under the cursor | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <LocalLeader><Tab> | jump into the infoview window associated with the | | | current lean file | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <LocalLeader>\\ | show what abbreviation produces the symbol under | | | the cursor | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+

.. note::

See :help <LocalLeader> if you haven't previously interacted with the local leader key. Some vim users remap this key to make it easier to reach, so you may want to consider what key that means for your own keyboard layout. My (Julian's) <Leader> is set to <Space>, and my <LocalLeader> to <Space><Space>, which may be a good choice for you if you have no other preference.

In Infoview Windows ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

+------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | Key | Function | +========================+====================================================+ | <CR> | click a widget or interactive area of the infoview | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | K | click a widget or interactive area of the infoview | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <Tab> | jump into a tooltip (from a widget click) | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <Shift-Tab> | jump out of a tooltip and back to its parent | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <Esc> | clear all open tooltips | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | J | jump into a tooltip (from a widget click) | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | C | clear all open tooltips | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | I | mouse-enter what is under the cursor | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | i | mouse-leave what is under the cursor | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | gd | go-to-definition of what is under the cursor | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | gD | go-to-declaration of what is under the cursor | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | gy | go-to-type of what is under the cursor | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+ | <LocalLeader><Tab> | jump to the lean file associated with the current | | | infoview window | +------------------------+----------------------------------------------------+

Full Configuration & Settings Information

.. code-block:: lua

  -- Enable the Lean language server(s)?
  -- false to disable, otherwise should be a table of options to pass to
  --  `leanls` and/or `lean3ls`.
  -- See https://github.com/neovim/nvim-lspconfig/blob/master/doc/server_configurations.md#leanls for details.

  -- Lean 4  (on_attach is as above, your LSP handler)
  lsp = { on_attach = on_attach },

  -- Lean 3  (on_attach is as above, your LSP handler)
  lsp3 = { on_attach = on_attach },

  -- mouse_events = true will simulate mouse events in the Lean 3 infoview, this is buggy at the moment
  -- so you can use the I/i keybindings to manually trigger these
  lean3 = { mouse_events = false },

  ft = {
    -- What filetype should be associated with standalone Lean files?
    -- Can be set to "lean3" if you prefer that default.
    -- Having a leanpkg.toml or lean-toolchain file should always mean
    -- autodetection works correctly.
    default = "lean",

    -- A list of patterns which will be used to protect any matching
    -- Lean file paths from being accidentally modified (by marking the
    -- buffer as `nomodifiable`).
    nomodifiable = {
        -- by default, this list includes the Lean standard libraries,
        -- as well as files within dependency directories (e.g. `_target`)
        -- Set this to an empty table to disable.

  -- Abbreviation support
  abbreviations = {
    -- Enable expanding of unicode abbreviations?
    enable = true,
    -- additional abbreviations:
    extra = {
      -- Add a \wknight abbreviation to insert ♘
      -- Note that the backslash is implied, and that you of
      -- course may also use a snippet engine directly to do
      -- this if so desired.
      wknight = '♘',
    -- Change if you don't like the backslash
    -- (comma is a popular choice on French keyboards)
    leader = '\\',

  -- Enable suggested mappings?
  -- false by default, true to enable
  mappings = false,

  -- Infoview support
  infoview = {
    -- Automatically open an infoview on entering a Lean buffer?
    -- Should be a function that will be called anytime a new Lean file
    -- is opened. Return true to open an infoview, otherwise false.
    -- Setting this to `true` is the same as `function() return true end`,
    -- i.e. autoopen for any Lean file, or setting it to `false` is the
    -- same as `function() return false end`, i.e. never autoopen.
    autoopen = true,

    -- Set infoview windows' starting dimensions.
    -- Windows are opened horizontally or vertically depending on spacing.
    width = 50,
    height = 20,

    -- Put the infoview on the top or bottom when horizontal?
    -- top | bottom
    horizontal_position = "bottom",

    -- Always open the infoview window in a separate tabpage.
    -- Might be useful if you are using a screen reader and don't want too
    -- many dynamic updates in the terminal at the same time.
    -- Note that `height` and `width` will be ignored in this case.
    separate_tab = false,

    -- Show indicators for pin locations when entering an infoview window?
    -- always | never | auto (= only when there are multiple pins)
    indicators = "auto",

  -- Progress bar support
  progress_bars = {
    -- Enable the progress bars?
    enable = true,
    -- Use a different priority for the signs
    priority = 10,

  -- Redirect Lean's stderr messages somehwere (to a buffer by default)
  stderr = {
    enable = true,
    -- a callback which will be called with (multi-line) stderr output
    -- e.g., use:
    --   on_lines = function(lines) vim.notify(lines) end
    -- if you want to redirect stderr to `vim.notify`.
    -- The default implementation will redirect to a dedicated stderr
    -- window.
    on_lines = nil,

Other Plugins

Particularly if you're also a VSCode user, there may be other plugins you're interested in. Below is a (hopelessly incomplete) list of a few:

  • nvim-lightbulb <https://github.com/kosayoda/nvim-lightbulb>_ for signalling when code actions are available

  • goto-preview <https://github.com/rmagatti/goto-preview>_ for peeking definitions (instead of jumping to them)

  • lsp-status.nvim <https://github.com/nvim-lua/lsp-status.nvim>_ for showing LSP information in your status bar

  • lsp-trouble <https://github.com/folke/lsp-trouble.nvim>_ for showing a grouped view of diagnostics to pair with the "infauxview"


Contributions are most welcome. Feel free to send pull requests for anything you'd like to see, or open an issue if you'd like to discuss.

Running the tests can be done via the Makefile:

.. code-block:: sh

$ make test

which will execute against a minimal vimrc isolated from your own setup.

.. code-block:: sh

$ TEST_FILE=lua/tests/foo_spec.lua make test

can be used to run just one specific test file, which can be faster.

Some linting and style checking is done via pre-commit <https://pre-commit.com/#install>_, which once installed (via the linked instructions) can be run via:

.. code-block:: sh

$ make lint

or on each commit automatically by running pre-commit install in your repository checkout.

You can also use

.. code-block:: sh

$ make nvim SETUP_TABLE='{ lsp3 = { enable = true }, mappings = true }'

to get a normal running neovim (again isolated from your own configuration), where SETUP_TABLE is a (Lua) table like one would pass to lean.setup.