Is it possible to write .nvimrc for NeoVim in Lua? Is it planned for the future?

  • According to this discussion on reddit I would say that you'll still have to write your nvimrc in vimscript. But maybe someone has more info than I have.
    – statox
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 12:11
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    I'd even argue you don't want to write your .nvimrc in Lua. Ultimately, I think the plan is to use Vimscript for configuration and Lua for plugins, scripting, etc.
    – bsmith89
    Commented Nov 4, 2015 at 22:11
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    These days you can use the vimpeccable plugin for this Commented Sep 20, 2020 at 2:25

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As of of June 2015, the lua to VimsSript transpiler integration is still being worked on, so currently you cannot use Lua to write .nvimrc, unfortunately.

See this issue: https://github.com/neovim/neovim/issues/1536

  • I believe what NeoVim wants to achieve is a VimScript to Lua transpiler, so they can use the LuaJIT runtime. So I'm wondering if the Lua engine is already integrated anywhere... Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 20:34

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