When I open a file (either from dolphin or terminal) a window of nvim-qt is created. Is there a way to open the file in the existing nvim-qt window and raise/focus to the window?

Note: I know there is a way for gvim using silent server option, but couldn't make that work with nvim-qt.


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According to neovim Wiki FAQ and Issue #1750, client-server / remote feature was removed in Neovim.

Instead, neovim-remote can be used. After installing it (pip3 install neovim-remote), launch nvim like:

$ NVIM_LISTEN_ADDRESS=/tmp/nvimsocket nvim

And open files remotely

$ nvr --remote file.txt

You can use:

:args /path/to/file.name

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