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  use 'stevearc/aerial.nvim'


require "paq" { 


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Neovim 0.5

It's powered by LSP, so you'll need to have that already set up and working.


aerial.nvim works with Pathogen

cd ~/.vim/bundle/
git clone

and vim-plug

Plug 'stevearc/aerial.nvim'


Step one is to get a Neovim LSP set up, which is beyond the scope of this guide. See nvim-lspconfig for instructions.

After you have a functioning LSP setup, you will need to customize the on_attach callback.

local aerial = require'aerial'

local custom_attach = function(client)

  -- Aerial does not set any mappings by default, so you'll want to set some up
  -- Toggle the aerial window with <leader>a
  vim.api.nvim_buf_set_keymap(0, 'n', '<leader>a', '<cmd>AerialToggle!<CR>', {})
  -- Jump forwards/backwards with '{' and '}'
  vim.api.nvim_buf_set_keymap(0, 'n', '{', '<cmd>AerialPrev<CR>', {})
  vim.api.nvim_buf_set_keymap(0, 'n', '}', '<cmd>AerialNext<CR>', {})
  -- Jump up the tree with '[[' or ']]'
  vim.api.nvim_buf_set_keymap(0, 'n', '[[', '<cmd>AerialPrevUp<CR>', {})
  vim.api.nvim_buf_set_keymap(0, 'n', ']]', '<cmd>AerialNextUp<CR>', {})

  -- This is a great place to set up all your other LSP mappings

-- Set up your LSP clients here, using the custom on_attach method
  on_attach = custom_attach,


Command arg description
AerialToggle[!] left/right Open or close the aerial window. With [!] cursor stays in current window
AerialOpen[!] left/right Open the aerial window. With [!] cursor stays in current window
AerialClose Close the aerial window
AerialPrev N=1 Jump backwards N symbols
AerialNext N=1 Jump forwards N symbols
AerialPrevUp N=1 Jump up the tree N levels, moving backwards
AerialNextUp N=1 Jump up the tree N levels, moving forwards
AerialGo N=1, v/h Jump to the Nth symbol
AerialTreeOpen[!] Expand tree at current location. [!] makes it recursive.
AerialTreeClose[!] Collapse tree at current location. [!] makes it recursive.
AerialTreeToggle[!] Toggle tree at current location. [!] makes it recursive.
AerialTreeOpenAll Open all tree nodes
AerialTreeCloseAll Collapse all tree nodes
AerialTreeSyncFolds Sync code folding with current tree state


vim.g.aerial = {
  -- Enum: persist, close, auto, global
  --   persist - aerial window will stay open until closed
  --   close   - aerial window will close when original file is no longer visible
  --   auto    - aerial window will stay open as long as there is a visible
  --             buffer to attach to
  --   global  - same as 'persist', and will always show symbols for the current buffer
  close_behavior = "auto",

  -- Set to false to remove the default keybindings for the aerial buffer
  default_bindings = true,

  -- Enum: prefer_right, prefer_left, right, left
  -- Determines the default direction to open the aerial window. The 'prefer'
  -- options will open the window in the other direction *if* there is a
  -- different buffer in the way of the preferred direction
  default_direction = "prefer_right",

  -- Set to true to only open aerial at the far right/left of the editor
  -- Default behavior opens aerial relative to current window
  placement_editor_edge = false,

  -- Fetch document symbols when LSP diagnostics change.
  -- If you set this to false, you will need to manually fetch symbols
  diagnostics_trigger_update = true,

  -- Enum: split_width, full_width, last, none
  -- Determines line highlighting mode when multiple buffers are visible
  highlight_mode = "split_width",

  -- When jumping to a symbol, highlight the line for this many ms
  -- Set to 0 or false to disable
  highlight_on_jump = 300,

  -- Fold code when folding the tree. Only works when manage_folds is enabled
  link_tree_to_folds = true,

  -- Fold the tree when folding code. Only works when manage_folds is enabled
  link_folds_to_tree = false,

  -- Use symbol tree for folding. Set to true or false to enable/disable
  -- 'auto' will manage folds if your previous foldmethod was 'manual'
  manage_folds = "auto",

  -- The maximum width of the aerial window
  max_width = 40,

  -- The minimum width of the aerial window.
  -- To disable dynamic resizing, set this to be equal to max_width
  min_width = 10,

  -- Set default symbol icons to use Nerd Font icons (see
  nerd_font = "auto",

  -- Whether to open aerial automatically when entering a buffer.
  -- Can also be specified per-filetype as a map (see below)
  open_automatic = false,

  -- If open_automatic is true, only open aerial if the source buffer is at
  -- least this long
  open_automatic_min_lines = 0,

  -- If open_automatic is true, only open aerial if there are at least this many symbols
  open_automatic_min_symbols = 0,

  -- Run this command after jumping to a symbol (false will disable)
  post_jump_cmd = "normal! zz",

  -- Set to false to not update the symbols when there are LSP errors
  update_when_errors = true,

  -- A list of all symbols to display. Set to false to display all symbols.
  filter_kind = {

-- open_automatic can be specified as a filetype map. For example, the below
-- configuration will open automatically in all filetypes except python and rust
vim.g.aerial = {
  open_automatic = {
    -- use underscore to specify the default behavior
    ['_']  = true,
    python = false,
    rust   = false,

-- You can also override the default icons.
vim.g.aerial = {
  icons = {
    Class          = '';
    -- The icon to use when a class has been collapsed in the tree
    ClassCollapsed = '喇';
    Function       = '';
    Constant       = '[c]'
    -- The default icon to use when any symbol is collapsed in the tree
    Collapsed      = '▶';

Setting options in vimscript works the same way

" You can specify with global variables prefixed with 'aerial_'
let g:aerial_default_direction = 'left'
" Or you can set the g:aerial dict all at once
let g:aerial = {
  \ 'default_direction': 'left',

All possible SymbolKind values can be found in the LSP spec. These are the values used for configuring icons, highlight groups, and filtering.

Default Keybindings

The default keybindings in the aerial window. You can add your own in ftplugin/aerial.vim, and remove these by setting g:aerial_default_bindings = 0.

Key Command
<CR> Jump to the symbol under the cursor
<C-v> Jump to the symbol in a vertical split
<C-s> Jump to the symbol in a horizontal split
<p> Scroll to the symbol (stay in aerial buffer)
<C-j> Go down one line and scroll to that symbol
<C-k> Go up one line and scroll to that symbol
{ Jump to the previous symbol
} Jump to the next symbol
[[ Jump up the tree, moving backwards
]] Jump up the tree, moving forwards
q Close the aerial window
o/za Toggle the symbol under the cursor open/closed
O/zA Recursive toggle the symbol under the cursor open/closed
l/zo Expand the symbol under the cursor
L/zO Recursive expand the symbol under the cursor
h/zc Collapse the symbol under the cursor
H/zC Recursive collapse the symbol under the cursor
zM Collapse all nodes in the tree
zR Expand all nodes in the tree
zx/zX Sync code folding to the tree (useful if they get out of sync)

Fuzzy Finding


If you have telescope installed, there is an extension for fuzzy finding and jumping to symbols. It functions similarly to the builtin lsp_document_symbols picker, the main difference being that the aerial extension uses the filter_kind configuration option to prefilter the results.

Load the extension with:


You can then begin fuzzy finding with :Telescope aerial


If you have fzf installed you can trigger fuzzy finding with :call aerial#fzf(). To create a mapping:

nmap <silent> <leader>ds <cmd>call aerial#fzf()<cr>


There are highlight groups created for each SymbolKind. There will be one for the name of the symbol (Aerial<SymbolKind>, and one for the icon (Aerial<SymbolKind>Icon). For example:

hi link AerialClass Type
hi link AerialClassIcon Special
hi link AerialFunction Special
hi AerialFunctionIcon guifg=#cb4b16 guibg=NONE guisp=NONE gui=NONE cterm=NONE

" There's also this group for the cursor position
hi link AerialLine QuickFixLine


Q: I accidentally opened a file into the aerial window and it looks bad. How can I prevent this from happening?

Try installing stickybuf. It was designed to prevent exactly this problem.