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Goneovim is a Neovim GUI written in Go, using a Qt binding for Go. This repository forked from the original Gonvim for the purpose of maintenance and enhancement.

Why Neovim GUI

Traditionally, Neovim (and even Vim) has been optimized for working with Terminal, and some Terminal-based workflows cannot be achieved with a GUI. Therefore, for some people, a GUI would be an unnecessary additional stuff. On the other hand, in my opinion, there are some attractive features of GUI as follows.

  • More meta keys can be used
    • Since Neovim performs all of its operations with the keyboard, having more meta keys available is a simple advantage.
  • Terminal is also available in Neovim GUI
    • Neovim has an embedded terminal emulator that can be run in :terminal, so you can run basic terminal workflows using :terminal with bash or zsh in Neovim GUI. It is also possible to use remote control tools such as nvr to avoid nvim in nvim in Neovim GUI.
  • Experience the rich drawing expressions of GUI
    • For example, it is possible to scroll based on pixels, to set different font families and point sizes for each window.

If you are interested in these GUI attractions, try goneovim.


All of the features are optional. You can use it like a plain nvim or as a nvim with a rich UI.

  • Fast (faster than neovim-qt)
  • Cross-platform
  • Modern Text Editor Features
    • Markdown Preview
    • Minimap
    • Smooth pixel scroll (Support for both touchpad and Vim scroll command reactions.)
    • Workspace feature which manages multiple nvim
    • External File Explorer
    • Scrollbar
    • Support Ligature
    • Built-in Indent guide
    • Support High DPI scaling
  • Features as neovim GUI
    • Externalizable tabline, popupmenu, wildmenu, cmdline, messsages
    • Support gui option: guifont, guifontwide, guifont=*, linespace, guicursor. You don't need neovim-gui-shim
    • Support mouse
    • Support for drawing borders and shadows in a float window
    • Independent font settings per window (currently experimental)
    • Attach feature to a remote nvim
  • Basic feature as a Text Editor
    • Support multi byte character
    • Drag and Drop files
    • Support InputMethod Editor (for east asian users)
  • Miscellaneous
    • Supports application window transparency
    • Desktop Notification of the messages emitted nvim


  • Neovim v0.5.0

See Installing Neovim

Getting Started

Pre-built packages for Windows, MacOS, and Linux are found at the Releases page.

Or you can get the latest binary from Github Actions CI. See Actions page.

Mac users can install using homebrew:

brew install --cask goneovim


See wiki



Smooth Scroll with touchpad

Smooth Scroll for neovim scroll commands

Minimap, External Float Window

Markdown Preview


See Development

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