I'm trying to create a shortcut, but I can't get vim to recognize my super key. I tried the following combinations:

lvim.keys.normal_mode["<A-h>"] = ":BufferLineCyclePrev<cr>"
lvim.keys.normal_mode["<A-l>"] = ":BufferLineCycleNext<cr>"

lvim.keys.normal_mode["<M-h>"] = ":BufferLineCyclePrev<cr>"
lvim.keys.normal_mode["<M-l>"] = ":BufferLineCycleNext<cr>"

lvim.keys.normal_mode["<D-h>"] = ":BufferLineCyclePrev<cr>"
lvim.keys.normal_mode["<D-l>"] = ":BufferLineCycleNext<cr>"

The above shortcuts work for Alt+h|l but not for Super+h|l.

I tried with running Neovim in the terminal (alacritty) and also with a graphical client (Neovide)... without luck.

I use arch linux + xorg.

I have no problems with the super key in other apps.

Does anyone have an idea what I can do about this?

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    I don't know about the graphical clients, but most (as far as I know, all actually) terminals don't really recognize the Windows/"Super" key. It's just not something that's in the terminal text protocol. Although there are ways to work around this by configuring your WM to make Win+key send some specific key code you can pick up in Neovim, but it's a bit ugly and will only work on your system with that specifically configured WM. Apr 7, 2022 at 18:20
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    For neovide, I found this: github.com/neovide/neovide/wiki/Configuration#use-logo-key Apr 7, 2022 at 18:25
  • @MartinTournoij This was very helpful and you are right, alacritty could not recognize super. I didn't try neovide_input_use_logo for neovide, because a found a hack for alacritty, but this setting looks like a valid solution as well. Thanks!
    – Rotareti
    Apr 9, 2022 at 10:02

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@Martin Tournoij was right, alacritty could not recognize the super key.

I ended up using this hacky solution.

With these key bindings in alacritty.yaml:


 - { key: H,         mods: Super,       chars: "\x1bh"                       }
 - { key: L,         mods: Super,       chars: "\x1bl"                       }

I could make the Super key act like the Alt key for h and l, allowing me to use: <A-h> <A-l> in nvim.

More info on this hack: https://github.com/alacritty/alacritty/issues/62#issuecomment-347552058

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