Maybe a stupid question but is it possible to run neovim on a GUI like gvim or mvim?

I need some GUI to do remote work within Filezilla


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    Yes. There's, for instance, neovim-qt. Why would you need a GUI to do remote work? (If anything, I find it much easier to do remote work on Vim on a terminal, through SSH. With a GUI, the latency is typically higher.) Also, please edit the question to indicate which platform you're on (Mac OS X?), that typically restricts answers on what options are available.
    – filbranden
    Commented Apr 4, 2020 at 19:06
  • Okay thanks, I struggle a bit to install the GUI. Do you know of any guide? Do i have to build it from scoure? Commented Apr 4, 2020 at 19:32
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    You could try github.com/qvacua/vimr
    – Hotschke
    Commented Apr 4, 2020 at 19:42
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    On Mac OS, use Homebrew. Google and you'll find instructions or a port of neovim-qt for Homebrew...
    – filbranden
    Commented Apr 4, 2020 at 20:31

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There are several GUIs for Neovim because it externalises the user interface elements, so any GUI can draw these in different ways. There's a list that tracks the status of these projects. My favourites are FVim and goneovim and both support remote sessions


I recommend neovim-qt (GitHub - equalsraf/neovim-qt). It is plain vanilla, cross-platform, stable, actively developed, and fast enough.

To install on Mac using Homebrew:

brew tap equalsraf/homebrew-neovim-qt
brew install neovim-qt

To install on Debian/Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install neovim-qt

Neovim-qt is included in Window's port of Neovim (by running nvim-qt.exe)

Another recommended GUI is Neovide (GitHub - Kethku/neovide), It has more feature and more graphic effects than neovim-qt and it is probably the most popular GUI version of Neovim as of 7/2021.

There are also few others, but I prefer GUI apps to be cross-platform and also not to be based on Electron, which typically (but not always) run slower.

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