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renamer.nvim is a Visual-Studio-Code-like renaming UI for Neovim, writen in Lua. It is considerably customizable and uses the Neovim >= 0.5.0 LSP feature as its backend.

Table of contents


  • Lightweight: the overhead of this plugin is insignificant and it makes use of existent features or plugins you most likely already have installed (only plenary.nvim required).
  • Responsive UI: takes into account the cursor position and where the popup will be place relative to the current window to adjust the its placement.
  • Neovim >= 0.5.0 LSP: uses the Neovim LSP to rename across scopes and project.
  • Popup customization: provides several ways to integrate the popup with your specific setup, from border characters and title to its colours.
  • References highlighting: of the word to be renamed, using Neovim's LSP (see References highlighting)
  • Keymaps: predefined keymaps to help you navigate and manipulate the popup
  • LSP handler: if you do not wish to use the UI offered by the plugin, you can still use the custom handler it has underneath to benefit from quickfix list population and addition of your own custom response handler or cursor setting at the end of the new word.

Getting started

In order to start using renamer.nvim you will need to follow the following sections. If you already meet certain requirements (such as already having plenary.nvim), then you only need to install renamer.nvim.


To use renamer.nvim, since it makes use of Neovim's built-in LSP, you will need to have installed Neovim v0.5.0 or newer.


Using vim-plug:

Plug 'nvim-lua/plenary.nvim'
Plug 'filipdutescu/renamer.nvim', { 'branch': 'master' }

Using dein

call dein#add('nvim-lua/plenary.nvim')
call dein#add('filipdutescu/renamer.nvim', { 'rev': 'master' })

Using packer.nvim

use {
  branch = 'master',
  requires = { {'nvim-lua/plenary.nvim'} }

Verify your installation

After those steps, you should be able to run :checkhealth renamer in order to see if anything is missing from your setup.

After following the steps above, either continue reading below or run :help renamer to get an understanding of the next steps required to use renamer.nvim and how to configure it.


To rename the current word using renamer.nvim, you need to call the rename method (require('renamer').rename()).

The recommended way of doing it is by setting up keybindings to call the function:


inoremap <silent> <F2> <cmd>lua require('renamer').rename()<cr>
nnoremap <silent> <leader>rn <cmd>lua require('renamer').rename()<cr>
vnoremap <silent> <leader>rn <cmd>lua require('renamer').rename()<cr>


vim.api.nvim_set_keymap('i', '<F2>', '<cmd>lua require("renamer").rename()<cr>', { noremap = true, silent = true })
vim.api.nvim_set_keymap('n', '<leader>rn', '<cmd>lua require("renamer").rename()<cr>', { noremap = true, silent = true })
vim.api.nvim_set_keymap('v', '<leader>rn', '<cmd>lua require("renamer").rename()<cr>', { noremap = true, silent = true })


renamer.nvim offers different customization options, in order to change its appearance and behaviour. Below you will find the defaults and the structure of the settings table.

Renamer setup structure

local mappings_utils = require('renamer.mappings.utils')
require('renamer').setup {
    -- The popup title, shown if `border` is true
    title = 'Rename',
    -- The padding around the popup content
    padding = {
        top = 0,
        left = 0,
        bottom = 0,
        right = 0,
    -- The minimum width of the popup
    min_width = 15,
    -- The maximum width of the popup
    max_width = 45,
    -- Whether or not to shown a border around the popup
    border = true,
    -- The characters which make up the border
    border_chars = { '─', '│', '─', '│', '╭', '╮', '╯', '╰' },
    -- Whether or not to highlight the current word references through LSP
    show_refs = true,
    -- Whether or not to add resulting changes to the quickfix list
    with_qf_list = true,
    -- Whether or not to enter the new name through the UI or Neovim's `input`
    -- prompt
    with_popup = true,
    -- The keymaps available while in the `renamer` buffer. The example below
    -- overrides the default values, but you can add others as well.
    mappings = {
        ['<c-i>'] = mappings_utils.set_cursor_to_start,
        ['<c-a>'] = mappings_utils.set_cursor_to_end,
        ['<c-e>'] = mappings_utils.set_cursor_to_word_end,
        ['<c-b>'] = mappings_utils.set_cursor_to_word_start,
        ['<c-c>'] = mappings_utils.clear_line,
        ['<c-u>'] = mappings_utils.undo,
        ['<c-r>'] = mappings_utils.redo,
    -- Custom handler to be run after successfully renaming the word. Receives
    -- the LSP 'textDocument/rename' raw response as its parameter.
    handler = nil,

Colours can also be changed, in order to better fit your theme or taste. The following highlight groups can also be modified to theme the popup colours:

hi default link RenamerNormal Normal
hi default link RenamerBorder RenamerNormal
hi default link RenamerTitle Identifier

References highlighting

renamer.nvim also highlights the current text wherever it is used in the current document, using vim.lsp.buf.document_highlight(). In order for it to be visible, the LspReferenceText, LspReferenceRead and LspReferenceWrite highlight groups need to be defined (see the vim.lsp.buf.document_highlight() documentation for details).

Renamer rename structure

require('renamer').rename {
    -- Defines whether or not the popup should contain the initial word or be
    -- empty
    empty = false,

Default mappings

Mappings are fully customizable. The default mappings are intended to be familiar to users and mimic the default behaviour of their normal mode equivalents.

Mappings Action
<c-i> Go to the start of the line.
<c-a> Go to the end of the line.
<c-e> Go to the end of the word.
<c-b> Go to the start of the word.
<c-c> Clear the buffer line.
<c-u> Undo changes.
<c-r> Redo undone changes.

To change existing mappings or add new ones, the value needed to be passed in the mappings field is a Lua function. Here is an example of how to change <c-c>'s behaviour from clearing the line to closing the popup:

-- other setup code...

['<c-c>'] = function()

-- other setup code...


Here are some examples of various parts of renamer.nvim that you can customize, to hopefully give you a better idea of how to integrate the plugin and maybe convince you to start using it.

  • Demo:


  • Border customization:


or no border:


  • Highlight references:


  • No title:


  • No popup:


Thanks @sdushantha for suggesting this (and providing the screenshot)!


All contributions are welcome! Just open a pull request or an issue. Please read


This project is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License - see the LICENSE file for details