echasnovski/mini.nvim

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Library of 20+ independent Lua modules improving overall Neovim (version 0.6 and higher) experience with minimal effort. They all share same configuration approaches and general design principles.

Think about this project as "Swiss Army knife" among Neovim plugins: it has many different independent tools (modules) suitable for most common tasks. Each module can be used separately without any startup and usage overhead.

If you want to help this project grow but don't know where to start, check out contributing guides or leave a Github star for 'mini.nvim' project and/or any its standalone Git repositories.

Table of contents

Installation

There are two branches to install from:

  • main (default, recommended) will have latest development version of plugin. All changes since last stable release should be perceived as being in beta testing phase (meaning they already passed alpha-testing and are moderately settled).
  • stable will be updated only upon releases with code tested during public beta-testing phase in main branch.

Here are code snippets for some common installation methods:

Branch Code snippet
Main use 'echasnovski/mini.nvim'
Stable use { 'echasnovski/mini.nvim', branch = 'stable' }
Branch Code snippet
Main Plug 'echasnovski/mini.nvim'
Stable Plug 'echasnovski/mini.nvim', { 'branch': 'stable' }
  • Every module is also distributed as a standalone Git repository. Check out module's information for more details.

Important: don't forget to call module's setup() (if required) to enable its functionality.

Note: if you are on Windows, there might be problems with too long file paths (like error: unable to create file <some file name>: Filename too long). Try doing one of the following:

  • Enable corresponding git global config value: git config --system core.longpaths true. Then try to reinstall.
  • Install plugin in other place with shorter path.

Modules

Module Description Overview Details
mini.ai Extend and create a/i textobjects README Help file
mini.align Align text interactively README Help file
mini.base16 Base16 colorscheme creation README Help file
mini.bufremove Remove buffers README Help file
mini.comment Comment README Help file
mini.completion Completion and signature help README Help file
mini.cursorword Autohighlight word under cursor README Help file
mini.doc Generate Neovim help files README Help file
mini.fuzzy Fuzzy matching README Help file
mini.indentscope Visualize and operate on indent scope README Help file
mini.jump Jump forward/backward to a single character README Help file
mini.jump2d Jump within visible lines README Help file
mini.map Window with buffer text overview README Help file
mini.misc Miscellaneous functions README Help file
mini.pairs Autopairs README Help file
mini.sessions Session management README Help file
mini.starter Start screen README Help file
mini.statusline Statusline README Help file
mini.surround Surround actions README Help file
mini.tabline Tabline README Help file
mini.test Test Neovim plugins README Help file
mini.trailspace Trailspace (highlight and remove) README Help file

mini.ai

Extend and create a/i textobjects (like in di( or va").

  • It enhances some builtin textobjects (like a(, a), a', and more), creates new ones (like a*, a<Space>, af, a?, and more), and allows user to create their own (like based on treesitter, and more).
  • Supports dot-repeat, v:count, different search methods, consecutive application, and customization via Lua patterns or functions.
  • Has builtins for brackets, quotes, function call, argument, tag, user prompt, and any punctuation/digit/whitespace character.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.align

Align text interactively (with or without instant preview).

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.base16

Fast implementation of chriskempson/base16 theme for manually supplied palette.

  • Supports 30+ plugin integrations.
  • Has unique palette generator which needs only background and foreground colors.
  • Comes with several hand-picked color schemes.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.bufremove

Buffer removing (unshow, delete, wipeout), which saves window layout.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.comment

Fast and familiar per-line commenting.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.completion

Autocompletion and signature help plugin.

  • Async (with customizable 'debounce' delay) 'two-stage chain completion': first builtin LSP, then configurable fallback.
  • Has functionality for completion item info and function signature (both in floating window appearing after customizable delay).

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.cursorword

Automatic highlighting of word under cursor (displayed after customizable delay).

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.doc

Generation of help files from EmmyLua-like annotations. Allows flexible customization of output via hook functions. Used for documenting this plugin.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.fuzzy

Minimal and fast fuzzy matching.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.indentscope

Visualize and operate on indent scope. Supports customization of debounce delay, animation style, and different granularity of options for scope computing algorithm.

  • Customizable debounce delay, animation style, and scope computation options.
  • Implements scope-related motions and textobjects.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.jump

Smarter forward/backward jumping to a single character.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.jump2d

Jump within visible lines via iterative label filtering.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.map

Window with buffer text overview, scrollbar, and highlights.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.misc

Miscellaneous useful functions.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.pairs

Minimal and fast autopairs.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.sessions

Session management (read, write, delete).

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.starter

Fast and flexible start screen

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.statusline

Minimal and fast statusline module with opinionated default look.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.surround

Fast and feature-rich surround plugin

  • Add, delete, replace, find, highlight surrounding (like pair of parenthesis, quotes, etc.).
  • Supports dot-repeat, v:count, different search methods, "last"/"next" extended mappings, customization via Lua patterns or functions, and more.
  • Has builtins for brackets, function call, tag, user prompt, and any alphanumeric/punctuation/whitespace character.
  • Has maintained configuration of setup similar to 'tpope/vim-surround'.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.tabline

Minimal and fast tabline showing listed buffers

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.test

Write and use extensive Neovim plugin tests

  • Supports hierarchical tests, hooks, parametrization, filtering (like from current file or cursor position), screen tests, "busted-style" emulation, customizable reporters, and more.
  • Designed to be used with provided wrapper for managing child Neovim processes.

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


mini.trailspace

Work with trailing whitespace

For video demo and quick overview see its README. For more details see its help file.


General principles

  • Design. Each module is designed to solve a particular problem targeting balance between feature-richness (handling as many edge-cases as possible) and simplicity of implementation/support. Granted, not all of them ended up with the same balance, but it is the goal nevertheless.
  • Independence. Modules are independent of each other and can be run without external dependencies. Although some of them may need dependencies for full experience.
  • Structure. Each module is a submodule for a placeholder "mini" module. So, for example, "surround" module should be referred to as "mini.surround". As later will be explained, this plugin can also be referred to as "MiniSurround".
  • Setup:
    • Each module (if needed) should be setup separately with require(<name of module>).setup({}) (possibly replace {} with your config table or omit to use defaults). You can supply only values which differ from defaults, which will be used for the rest ones.
    • Call to module's setup() always creates a global Lua object with coherent camel-case name: require('mini.surround').setup() creates _G.MiniSurround. This allows for a simpler usage of plugin functionality: instead of require('mini.surround') use MiniSurround (or manually :lua MiniSurround.* in command line); available from v:lua like v:lua.MiniSurround. Considering this, "module" and "Lua object" names can be used interchangeably: 'mini.surround' and 'MiniSurround' will mean the same thing.
    • Each supplied config table is stored in config field of global object. Like MiniSurround.config.
    • Values of config, which affect runtime activity, can be changed on the fly to have effect. For example, MiniSurround.config.n_lines can be changed during runtime; but changing MiniSurround.config.mappings won't have any effect (as mappings are created once during setup()).
  • Buffer local configuration. Each module can be additionally configured to use certain runtime config settings locally to buffer. See mini.nvim-buffer-local-config section in help file for more information.
  • Disabling. Each module's core functionality can be disabled globally or locally to buffer by creating appropriate global or buffer-scoped variables equal to v:true. See mini.nvim-disabling-recipes section in help file for common recipes.
  • Highlight groups. Appearance of module's output is controlled by certain highlight group (see :h highlight-groups). To customize them, use highlight command. Note: currently not many Neovim themes support this plugin's highlight groups; fixing this situation is highly appreciated. To see a more calibrated look, use MiniBase16 or plugin's colorscheme minischeme.
  • Stability. Each module upon release is considered to be relatively stable: both in terms of setup and functionality. Any non-bugfix backward-incompatible change will be released gradually as much as possible.

Plugin colorschemes

This plugin comes with several color schemes (all of them are made with 'mini.base16' and have both dark and light variants):

  • minischeme - blue and yellow main colors with high contrast and saturation palette. All examples use this colorscheme.
  • minicyan - cyan and grey main colors with moderate contrast and saturation palette.

Activate them as regular colorscheme (for example, :colorscheme minicyan). You can see how they look in demo of 'mini.base16'.

Planned modules

This is the list of modules I currently intend to implement eventually (as my free time and dedication will allow), in alphabetical order:

  • 'mini.basics' - configurable collection of options and mappings sets intended mostly for quick "up and running" Neovim config. Something like a combination of tpope/vim-sensible and tpope/vim-unimpaired.
  • 'mini.clue' - "show as you type" floating window with customizable information. Something like folke/which-key.nvim and anuvyklack/hydra.nvim
  • 'mini.filetree' - file tree viewer. Simplified version of kyazdani42/nvim-tree.
  • 'mini.snippets' - work with snippets. Something like L3MON4D3/LuaSnip but only with more straightforward functionality.
  • 'mini.swap' - exchange two regions of text. Something like tommcdo/vim-exchange.
  • 'mini.terminals' - coherently manage terminal windows and send text from buffers to terminal windows. Something like kassio/neoterm.