stevearc/dressing.nvim

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2021-12-03

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Dressing.nvim

With the release of Neovim 0.6 we were given the start of extensible core UI hooks (vim.ui.select and vim.ui.input). They exist to allow plugin authors to override them with improvements upon the default behavior, so that's exactly what we're going to do.

It is a goal to match and not extend the core Neovim API. All options that core respects will be respected, and we will not accept any custom parameters or options in the functions. Customization will be done entirely using a separate configuration method.

Requirements

Neovim 0.7.0+ (for earlier versions, use the nvim-0.5 branch)

Screenshots

vim.input replacement (handling a LSP rename)

Screenshot from 2021-12-09 17-36-16

vim.select (telescope)

Screenshot from 2021-12-02 19-46-01

vim.select (fzf)

Screenshot from 2021-12-02 19-46-54

vim.select (nui)

Screenshot from 2021-12-02 19-47-56

vim.select (built-in)

Screenshot from 2021-12-04 17-14-32

Installation

dressing.nvim supports all the usual plugin managers

require('packer').startup(function()
    use {'stevearc/dressing.nvim'}
end)
require "paq" {
    {'stevearc/dressing.nvim'};
}
Plug 'stevearc/dressing.nvim'
call dein#add('stevearc/dressing.nvim')
git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/stevearc/dressing.nvim.git ~/.vim/bundle/
git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/stevearc/dressing.nvim.git \
  "${XDG_DATA_HOME:-$HOME/.local/share}"/nvim/site/pack/dressing.nvim/start/dressing.nvim

Configuration

If you're fine with the defaults, you're good to go after installation. If you want to tweak, call this function:

require('dressing').setup({
  input = {
    -- Set to false to disable the vim.ui.input implementation
    enabled = true,

    -- Default prompt string
    default_prompt = "Input:",

    -- Can be 'left', 'right', or 'center'
    prompt_align = "left",

    -- When true, <Esc> will close the modal
    insert_only = true,

    -- When true, input will start in insert mode.
    start_in_insert = true,

    -- These are passed to nvim_open_win
    anchor = "SW",
    border = "rounded",
    -- 'editor' and 'win' will default to being centered
    relative = "cursor",

    -- These can be integers or a float between 0 and 1 (e.g. 0.4 for 40%)
    prefer_width = 40,
    width = nil,
    -- min_width and max_width can be a list of mixed types.
    -- min_width = {20, 0.2} means "the greater of 20 columns or 20% of total"
    max_width = { 140, 0.9 },
    min_width = { 20, 0.2 },

    buf_options = {},
    win_options = {
      -- Window transparency (0-100)
      winblend = 10,
      -- Disable line wrapping
      wrap = false,
    },

    -- Set to `false` to disable
    mappings = {
      n = {
        ["<Esc>"] = "Close",
        ["<CR>"] = "Confirm",
      },
      i = {
        ["<C-c>"] = "Close",
        ["<CR>"] = "Confirm",
        ["<Up>"] = "HistoryPrev",
        ["<Down>"] = "HistoryNext",
      },
    },

    override = function(conf)
      -- This is the config that will be passed to nvim_open_win.
      -- Change values here to customize the layout
      return conf
    end,

    -- see :help dressing_get_config
    get_config = nil,
  },
  select = {
    -- Set to false to disable the vim.ui.select implementation
    enabled = true,

    -- Priority list of preferred vim.select implementations
    backend = { "telescope", "fzf_lua", "fzf", "builtin", "nui" },

    -- Trim trailing `:` from prompt
    trim_prompt = true,

    -- Options for telescope selector
    -- These are passed into the telescope picker directly. Can be used like:
    -- telescope = require('telescope.themes').get_ivy({...})
    telescope = nil,

    -- Options for fzf selector
    fzf = {
      window = {
        width = 0.5,
        height = 0.4,
      },
    },

    -- Options for fzf_lua selector
    fzf_lua = {
      winopts = {
        width = 0.5,
        height = 0.4,
      },
    },

    -- Options for nui Menu
    nui = {
      position = "50%",
      size = nil,
      relative = "editor",
      border = {
        style = "rounded",
      },
      buf_options = {
        swapfile = false,
        filetype = "DressingSelect",
      },
      win_options = {
        winblend = 10,
      },
      max_width = 80,
      max_height = 40,
      min_width = 40,
      min_height = 10,
    },

    -- Options for built-in selector
    builtin = {
      -- These are passed to nvim_open_win
      anchor = "NW",
      border = "rounded",
      -- 'editor' and 'win' will default to being centered
      relative = "editor",

      buf_options = {},
      win_options = {
        -- Window transparency (0-100)
        winblend = 10,
      },

      -- These can be integers or a float between 0 and 1 (e.g. 0.4 for 40%)
      -- the min_ and max_ options can be a list of mixed types.
      -- max_width = {140, 0.8} means "the lesser of 140 columns or 80% of total"
      width = nil,
      max_width = { 140, 0.8 },
      min_width = { 40, 0.2 },
      height = nil,
      max_height = 0.9,
      min_height = { 10, 0.2 },

      -- Set to `false` to disable
      mappings = {
        ["<Esc>"] = "Close",
        ["<C-c>"] = "Close",
        ["<CR>"] = "Confirm",
      },

      override = function(conf)
        -- This is the config that will be passed to nvim_open_win.
        -- Change values here to customize the layout
        return conf
      end,
    },

    -- Used to override format_item. See :help dressing-format
    format_item_override = {},

    -- see :help dressing_get_config
    get_config = nil,
  },
})

Highlights

The built-in vim.ui.input and vim.ui.select components mostly use the standard highlight groups for neovim floating windows (e.g. NormalFloat for the text, FloatBorder for the border). In addition, the window title uses a non-standard FloatTitle group that is linked to FloatBorder by default.

A common way to adjust the highlighting of just the dressing windows is by providing a winhighlight option in the config. For example, winhighlight = 'NormalFloat:DiagnosticError' would change the default text color in the dressing windows. See :help winhighlight for more details.

Note that you can't change FloatTitle via winhighlight since it is not a built-in group.

Advanced configuration

For each of the input and select configs, there is an option get_config. This can be a function that accepts the opts parameter that is passed in to vim.select or vim.input. It must return either nil (to no-op) or config values to use in place of the global config values for that module.

For example, if you want to use a specific configuration for code actions:

require('dressing').setup({
  select = {
    get_config = function(opts)
      if opts.kind == 'codeaction' then
        return {
          backend = 'nui',
          nui = {
            relative = 'cursor',
            max_width = 40,
          }
        }
      end
    end
  }
})

Notes for plugin authors

TL;DR: you can customize the telescope vim.ui.select implementation by passing telescope into opts.

The vim.ui hooks are a great boon for us because we can now assume that users will have a reasonable UI available for simple input operations. We no longer have to build separate implementations for each of fzf, telescope, ctrlp, etc. The tradeoff is that vim.ui.select is less customizable than any of these options, so if you wanted to have a preview window (like telescope supports), it is no longer an option.

My solution to this is extending the opts that are passed to vim.ui.select. You can add a telescope field that will be passed directly into the picker, allowing you to customize any part of the UI. If a user has both dressing and telescope installed, they will get your custom picker UI. If either of those are not true, the selection UI will gracefully degrade to whatever the user has configured for vim.ui.select.

An example of usage:

vim.ui.select({'apple', 'banana', 'mango'}, {
  prompt = "Title",
  telescope = require("telescope.themes").get_cursor(),
}, function(selected) end)

For now this is available only for the telescope backend, but feel free to request additions.

  • telescope-ui-select - provides a vim.ui.select implementation for telescope
  • nvim-fzy - fzf alternative that also provides a vim.ui.select implementation (#13)
  • guihua.lua - multipurpose GUI library that provides vim.ui.select and vim.ui.input implementations
  • nvim-notify - doing pretty much the same thing but for vim.notify
  • nui.nvim - provides common UI components for plugin authors