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CyberNvim is...

  • Simple and Extensible
  • Uncompromising in its featureset

CyberNvim is a fully-featured and incredibly easy-to-understand Neovim config. It is a fully-featured IDE-like setup with the same ease of modification as Kickstart.nvim but offering the more complete and uncompromising base experience of Astronvim and LazyNvim. Its goal is to be both a ready-to-use editor for everyone, a great starting point for powerusers who want the freedom to possibly overwrite the entire config, and a great example for beginners who want to learn how to configure Neovim.

CyberNvim is the most simple and extensible Neovim configuration. At only 1200 lines of code, it is the smallest major Neovim distribution. As the user, you are given the power to go so far as to remove almost every change CyberNvim makes and be left with base Neovim. CyberNvim lets you go farther than any other distribution so you can truly make your Neovim yours.

Why use many lines when few do the trick?

  • Only 1200 lines of code
  • Built to be broken
  • Zero compromises in available features
  • Minimal learning curve
  • Plug and go personal configuration

Despite offering a complete IDE-like feature set, CyberNvim's codebase is simple, modular, and built to be broken (in a good way). It was made for people who want the convenience of a fully-fledged Neovim configuration and the simplicity and flexibility to make widespread changes even as a beginner programmer. Strict and intuitive code organization makes the codebase especially easy to understand.

At only 1200 lines of Lua (as of December 2023), CyberNvim is around 5-7 times smaller than similar distributions (AstroNvim at 6.3k lines of Lua, LunarVim at 8k, LazyVim at 5k etc.). The codebase is built to be understood in less than 10 minutes with simple, self-documenting code and an intuitive file structure. I would call it SpeedyToUnderstandNvim but that doesn't have the same ring to it.

The codebase mainly saves on line count by minimizing unnecessary abstractions wherever possible. One of CyberNvim's goals is to maintain a minimalistic codebase with a style similar to what many create as their own personal configuration rather than what one would expect in a large software project. This approach is similar to NvChad.

Furthermore, to lower the learning curve of using the distribution, it avoids completely overhauling Neovim and the included plugins wherever it does not detract from the experience of using CyberNvim. As such, the distribution is easy to learn and should feel familiar to most people. With this in mind, the distribution takes care to ensure that every part of the configuration is easily understandable, extendable, and rewriteable for those that love tailoring every inch of their setup to their specific tastes.

User configuration can be as simple as copy-pasting your current configuration in the user conf section.

Including but not limited to...

  • Incredibly fast speeds!
  • Fully featured intellisense (linters, code formatters, auto-complete, code actions)!
  • floating and inline function documentation, hover support, etc.
  • Auto-save and formatting
  • Persistent and configurable sessions and project management!
  • Fancy start screen
  • Amazing tabline and statusline
  • File explorer and file overview for functions, classes, etc.
  • Git integration with lazygit and more
  • Complete inbuilt debugging support
  • Aesthetic UI enhancements!
  • Complete freedom to rewrite the config as you see fit
  • Incredibly easy user configuration setup!

Installation and Configuration

First, backup (rename, move etc.) your existing nvim configuration. Clone the repository and symlink it with your ~/.config/nvim directory with

git clone
ln -s ~/path/to/CyberNvim/nvim ~/.config/nvim

Alternatively, directly clone it to the nvim folder:

git clone ~/.config/nvim

Your personal configuration is housed in user/user_config.lua. Use example_user_config.lua as a guide to writing your own configuration. As an initial quickstart, I recommend running the following commands:

mkdir -pv ~/.config/nvim/lua/user
cp ~/.config/nvim/lua/example_user_config.lua ~/.config/nvim/lua/user/user_config.lua

Alternatively, you can also take a look at my own configuration. Simply clone this as your user folder.

git clone ~/.config/nvim/lua/user

If you want to backup your personal configuration to git I suggest doing the following. The user folder is gitignored, meaning you can create a new git repository under that folder . CyberNvim will never push changes to your configuration files - at most it will update example_user_config.

cd ~/.config/nvim/lua/user
git init
# setup repository

Once done, Install any language servers, linters, etc. using :MasonInstall and/or :LspInstall. Use :CyberUpdate to update the distribution, including all plugins and parsers. Run :checkhealth to find any common issues with the installation.

Beyond this, if you want to plug your current configuration in, it can be as simple as requiring all your files in the allotted user configuration function (see the example).

For more information, be sure to check the repository's wiki.



Astronvim and LazyNvim are two fantastic Neovim distributions that provided the inspiration for this project. They significantly raised the bar for what a modern, fully-fledged Neovim distribution should offer.