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17 days ago

:scissors: tesoura.nvim

tesoura.nvim is a snippet management plugin using the new native snippet api (:h vim.snippet).

[!CAUTION] This plugin is not stable, and the API could change significantly.


  • Configure snippets using plain Lua tables.
  • Dynamic snippets.
  • nvim-cmp completion source.


  • Neovim >= 0.10.0
  • nvim-cmp (Optional, but recommended).


Using lazy.nvim:

  opts = {} -- see the configuration section below.


tesoura.nvim comes with the following defaults:

  -- highlight snippet content on the documentation window.
  highlight = true,
  -- filetypes where snippets won't be setup.
  ignored_filetypes = {},
  -- set up autocmd to automatically initialize snippets when a new filetype is opened.
  setup_autocmd = false,
  -- your snippets!
  snippets = {},
  -- the nvim_cmp source name.
  source_name = 'tesoura',

Configuring snippets

Snippets should be provided in the snippets key when calling the setup method.

A snippet is a Lua table containing at least a prefix and a body. The prefix is what you type, and the body is what it expands to.

local snippet = {
  prefix = 'hello',
  body = 'world',

The body can be:

  1. A string. The body will be inserted as-is.
  2. A list of strings. Every element of the list will be inserted on a new line.
  3. A function that returns a string. The function will be evaluated when the snippet hits the nvim-cmp completion dialog.

The vim.snippet api supports a subset of the LSP snippet syntax, so you can use tab stops inside the body.

The fact that snippets are just Lua code makes the system very flexible.

local snippet = {
  prefix = 'date',
  body = function() return tostring( '%F') end,

The snippets configuration parameter is a table that maps filetypes to snippet definitions. The * key applies to all filetypes (except those that are explicitly ignored).

local snippets = {
  ['*'] = {
    { prefix = 'copyright', body = 'Copyright (c) 2024 Guilherme Puida Moreira' },
  c = {
    { prefix = '#i', body = '#include "$1"$0' },


  • Decouple core logic from nvim-cmp.
  • Add tests.
  • Better documentation.


tesoura.nvim is licensed under the MIT License.