I had Neovim v0.4 installed via apt (on Ubuntu). But then I saw there is a newer version and tried to install it following instructions here.

Now if I use


from ~/.config/nvim folder, the newest version is run, but if I use


old version will run.

And if I try to update to newest using apt-get install neovim, I'll get

neovim is already the newest version (0.4.4-1).

Why is this happening and how do I open the latest version directly?

  • Try running hash -r in your shell, or starting a new one. Then check which -a nvim/command -v nvim. (Basically: shells cache paths. But this may not be the problem if the installation didn't put links or binaries in the expected places.)
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Mar 18, 2023 at 15:23
  • I managed to get it working by following vi.stackexchange.com/questions/25192/….
    – Mate Mrše
    Mar 18, 2023 at 15:25

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run the following from the folder where you downloaded nvim.appimage

sudo cp ./nvim.appimage /usr/local/bin/nvim
sudo chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/nvim

the reason ubuntu doesn't execute the newest version if you enter nvim is that nvim.appimage is not in a directory in $PATH. Whenever you enter a command the shell goes through a list of folders to find the program. If it finds it in a directory it stops searching, which in your case is /usr/bin/nvim. /usr/local/bin is also in $PATH, but takes precedence over /usr/bin, so by moving nvim.appimage there you make your shell execute that file instead of the ubuntu provided neovim version.

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