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🚀 activate.nvim

activate.nvim demo

activate.nvim is a plugin installation system for Neovim, designed to complement folke/lazy.nvim.



  • Curated Plugin List: Generated from the list of plugins at rockerBOO/awesome-neovim.
  • Intuitive Interface: Allows users to easily browse, search, install, and uninstall Neovim plugins through the telescope interface.
  • Automatic Configuration: If a plugin adheres to the unofficial configuration standard, activate.nvim can automatically generate a default setup. This aims to reduce the initial setup time for new plugins.
  • Automatic Plugin List Updates: A github action periodically checks to see if there are any updates in the awesome-neovim repository and updates this plugins data.json file which is then sync'd down to Neovim by lazy.nvim, just like any other plugin.

How It Works

Plugin Updates

After a plugin is installed using activate.nvim, plugin updates are managed by lazy.nvim in the same way as any other plugin.

Database Refresh

To provide the latest plugins, a Github pipeline checks the awesome-neovim repository every three hours for updates. If changes are detected, the data/data.json file is updated. As a result, lazy.nvim will recognize the changes to activate.nvim, ensuring that the latest plugins are always accessible.

Unofficial Standard: setup.lua.example

Plugin authors can support activate.nvim by adhering to an unofficial standard. This involves creating a file named setup.lua.example in their plugin repository. The file should return a lazy.nvim compatible configuration in the $HOME/.config/nvim/lua/plugins directory, as demonstrated below:

return {
  config = function()

Non-Standard Plugins

When plugins don't conform to the unofficial standard outlined above, then a placeholder config is generated, for example, $HOME/.config/nvim/lua/plugins/grapple.lua:

-- No example configuration was found for this plugin.
-- For detailed information on configuring this plugin, please refer to its
-- official documentation:
-- If you wish to use this plugin, you can optionally modify and then uncomment
-- the configuration below.

return {
  -- "cbochs/grapple.nvim"


For lazy.nvim, add this config to ~/.config/nvim/lua/plugins/activate.lua:

return {
  keys = {
      '<CMD>lua require("activate").list_plugins()<CR>',
      desc = "Plugins",
  dependencies = {
    { 'nvim-telescope/telescope.nvim', branch = '0.1.x', dependencies = { 'nvim-lua/plenary.nvim' } }